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.
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492-2669
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FY24 Local Priorities
NCAC PRIORITIES 2023-2024
The Needham Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) welcomes applications from individuals or groups residing in Massachusetts who can enhance the cultural life of the local community of Needham. We aim to fund a variety of programming to reach a broad range of individuals in the community. The Town of Needham has included a line item in its operating budget to fund the NCAC in the amount of $8,300. For 2023-2024 the NCAC has been awarded a $9,000 MCC allocation for a total of up to $17,300 for grantmaking.
New this year the NCAC will be reverting back to providing reimbursement-based grants. Recipients need to spend the money to then be reimbursed from the LCC grant funds. This means that grants may only be awarded to project or program-based applications. Potential applicants are welcome to reach out with questions about their programs and projects via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The NCAC will be available to answer questions at the Town Harvest Fair on October 1, 2023, from 11-3 pm. You may also RSVP to attend a grant open house for answers to specific questions on September 26, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
The Needham Council for Arts and Culture strives to support as many grants as possible at the highest funding 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/arts 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 demonstrate community and organizational support and/or utilize partnerships and/or venues to increase public benefit
FY24 Local Guidelines
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How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY23 Funding List
|Arlekin Players Theatre
||Chinese Friends of Needham, Inc.
||APPI DIY Craft for Kids
||Dedham Choral Society, Inc.
||Discovery Museum, Inc.
||Open Door Connections
||Dancing Joy with Dance Caliente
||Enrichment Program for Cook's After School
||Outdoor Exhibit and Puppet Show
||In My Heart Social Emotional Creative Dance Residency
||Marshall, Cindy Rivka
||Voices of Needham
||Needham Art Association
||Monthly Artist Demonstrations and Community Service Project for 3 Needham Service Organizations
||Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund
||"From Needham to the World" - Revolving Mural Project
||Needham Community Theatre, Inc.
||Shrek the Musical
||Needham Diversity Initiative, Inc.
||Needham Multicultural Fair
||Needham Open Studios, Inc.
||Needham Open Studios 2023 Group Location
||Plugged In Band Program, Inc.
||Spring 2023 Band Class
||Quinobequin Quilters, Inc.
||Quinobequin Quilters 2022 Quilt Show
||Rehearsal for Life, Inc.
||Rehearsal for Life's Freelance Players
||Rain Art Scavenger Hunt
||Storytime Crafts, Inc.
||Youth Connector - Volunteer Ambassadors
||The Delvena Theatre Company
||Meet Julia Child!
||The Highland Glee Club of Newton, Inc.
||2022 Winter Concert
||The Needham Concert Society, Inc.
||Promoting Classical Music in Needham
||The Rivers School Conservatory
||Rivers Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 Season
||Make and Take a Mosaic Rock
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