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Needham Council for Arts and Culture

The Needham Council for Arts and Culture provides financial support to artists, musicians, teachers, performers, and other individuals and groups who can enhance the cultural life of our community. Support is provided through grants that are awarded each year in January, with preference given to Needham-based individuals and groups. The Needham Council for Arts and Culture welcomes both traditional and innovative proposals that will enrich our already vibrant local arts community.

Needham Council for Arts and Culture is part of a direct reimbursement program eliminating the requirement that awards made using the Mass Cultural Council allocation be reimbursement-based. During this pilot program, we will be making grant money available in full to grantees once their projects are approved. If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to submit a final report to the Local Cultural Council upon completion of your program.


Charly Nanda

Town Hall
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492-2669

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

The Needham Council for Arts and Culture welcomes applications from individuals or groups residing in Massachusetts who can enhance the cultural life of our local community of Needham. We aim to fund a variety of programming to reach a broad range of Needham’s population. This year will mark the first year in the NCAC’s history that the Town of Needham has included a line item in its operating budget for grant funding. For 2022/2023 the NCAC has been awarded $8,300 on top of its $9,000 MCC allocation for a total of $17,300 to be allocated through the “direct grant” application process for both project-based applications as well as operational support.

Potential applicants are welcome to reach out with questions about their programs and projects via email at The Needham Council for Arts and Culture will host a virtual grant open house on October 11th, 2022 at 7:00 pm during its regular meeting. The NCAC will also be available to answer questions in person at the annual Town Harvest Fair on October 2, 2022 from 11-3 pm.

The Needham Council for Arts and Culture strives to support as many grants as possible at the highest level available. Priority is given to high-quality, achievable, and flexible applications that most align with the following criteria (not in any order) :
– Needham-based individuals and cultural organizations.
– Submissions that are accessible and beneficial to the community of Needham.
– Submissions that address the needs of underserved or in-need groups.
– Applicants that elevate the diverse voices and experiences of historically marginalized populations.
– Programs that have demonstrated community support, venue, or other organizational support, or utilize partnerships to increase public benefit.
– Applicants that are suffering because of the economic impact of Covid-19.

FY23 Local Guidelines

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How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Needham Historical Society, Inc. Brilliant Beacons: a History of the American Lighthouse, with Eric Jay Dolin. $250
Maio, Valerie Creative Dance Residency $600
The Needham Concert Society, Inc. Promoting Classical Music in Needham $500
Needham Art Association Monthly Artist Demonstrations and Community Service Project for 3 Needham Service Organizations $500
Plugged In Band Program, Inc. Band Class - Spring 2022 $500
Troen-Krasnow, Adina Making Art One Tile at a Time $750
Needham Diversity Initiative, Inc. MLK Day Celebration $500
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
The Highland Glee Club of Newton, Inc. 2021 Winter Concert $350
The Delvena Theatre Company Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks $300
Arlekin Players Theatre Witness $500
Kirk, Penelope Musical Series for the Residents of Needham Housing $750
Lechner, John A Bug's Eye View $500
Speter, Tova Therapeutic Art Workshops $350
Storytime Crafts, Inc. Donation Center and Volunteer Work Space $500
Dedham Choral Society, Inc. 2021-2022 Season $350
At My Neighbor's Table At My Neighbor's Table Conversation Series $300
Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon Nature in Your Neighborhood $350
Beauregard, Anne Author's book signing and presentation $200
Fullerton, Sean Acoustic Memories For Seniors $250

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