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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.


Town Hall
1471 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492-2669

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities


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: 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

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
4th Foot Comes to Needham $1,000
Arlekin Players Theatre Just Tell No One $600
Chinese Friends of Needham, Inc. 3th APPI Craft Festival for Kids $500
Dedham Choral Society, Inc. 2023-2024 Season $500
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $350
Gorse Mill Studios Condominium Trust Gallery Renovation and Re-Opening Celebration $1,000
Great Hall Performance Foundation, Inc. Great Hall Concerts $1,000
Herman-Haase, Eileen Dance caliente Brings the World to your Feet $500
Indian Community of Needham, Inc. Needham Holi Festival $500
Koleinu, Boston's Jewish Community Chorus, Inc. Inspiring Voices in Jewish Music $800
Liars & Believers, Inc. Liars and Believers Adaptive Theater Workshop $500
Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force, Inc Suitcase Stories Unpacked $400
Needham Art Association Art Outside $1,144
Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund From Needham To The World $400
Needham Community Theatre, Inc. The Crucible $750
Needham Housing Authority Musical Diversity $531
Plugged In Band Program, Inc. Intergenerational Open Mic $1,000
Quinobequin Quilters, Inc. Quinobequin Quilters 2023 Quilt Show $275
Rehearsal for Life, Inc. Rehearsal for Life's Freelance Players $350
Speter, Tova Drop-in Open Art Studio $800
Starobin, Leslie A. "The Last Address" $750
Storytime Crafts, Inc. Kindness Project $1,000
The Delvena Theatre Company A Christmas Carol $665
The Highland Glee Club of Newton, Inc. 2023 Winter Concert $400
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Incorporated HEARTplay Program $100
The Needham Concert Society, Inc. Promoting Classical Music in Needham $500
The Rivers School Conservatory 2023-2024 Rivers Symphony Orchestra Season $350
Town of Needham Poet Laureate $500
Zhang, Dennis Project Title CFN Chinese New Year Celebration $700

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