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Holyoke Local Cultural Council

The Holyoke Local Cultural Council (HLCC) consists of community members appointed by the Mayor based on their credentials, interest in the arts, and commitment to arts programming in the city of Holyoke. The HLCC encourages individuals and organizations to apply for financial support through its annual grant program which is part of a statewide grant program administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).

HLCC Members 2022-23
Gabriela Alcántara Pöhls
Tim Damon
Mark Dunlap
Navae Fenwick Rodriguez, Chair
Chris Fournier
Kocayne Givner
Nadia Schuessler
Anne Thalheimer, Treasurer


City Hall, Office of the Mayor
536 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA 01040-5086

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

HLCC Funding Priorities

The HLCC typically receives requests totaling more than twice the amount of money available for us to grant. The goal of the HLCC is to provide some funding to as many qualified projects as we can. Local council support is not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for projects of a continuing nature. Most projects receive only partial funding and for no more than three consecutive years.

The HLCC supports projects that demonstrate a clear public benefit. Emphasis is placed on supporting local artists presenting work in Holyoke. Funding is made available to the widest range of community cultural needs possible.

As determined by the most recent community surveys, the following are funding priorities:

  • public events like concerts and festivals
  • support for community arts and cultural organizations
  • arts education in the schools
  • projects celebrating diversity

FY23 Local Guidelines

HLCC Local Guidelines

  • Funded projects must be completed during the calendar year (January – December) following the October application deadline.
  • Field trips must be to destinations within the state.
  • The HLCC will consider projects designed for virtual, hybrid, or in-person presentation. If you are hoping to work with a particular venue, indoor or outdoor, for a live presentation, a letter of support from the venue will strengthen your application. We are suggesting that applicants prepare and provide details for a virtual alternative in the event that in-person presentation is not possible.

We accept paper applications in addition to online applications. If you are applying on paper, please request a copy of the application via the contact info listed on the Council Information tab. Paper applications can be mailed or delivered to:

Holyoke Local Cultural Council
City Hall
Office of the Mayor
536 Dwight Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

This year’s deadline is Monday, October 17. All applications must be submitted or postmarked by this date.

If you need assistance with your application, please contact Navae Fenwick Rodriguez at 413-320-2550, or Koco Givner at 413-552-9092.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

A grant list will be published here after January 17, 2023 and once the Local Cultural Council has finalized their decisions.

Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines

Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on November 27, 2022 at 04:30 AM UTC
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