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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

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Arlekin Players Theatre The Gaaga $600
Chinese Friends of Needham, Inc. APPI DIY Craft for Kids $500
Dedham Choral Society, Inc. 2022-2023 Season $500
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $350
Eversley, Jamaal Slam Theatre $400
Fullerton, Sean Acoustic Memories $250
Herman-Haase, Eileen Dancing Joy with Dance Caliente $450
Kirk, Penelope Enrichment Program for Cook's After School $1,000
Lechner, John Outdoor Exhibit and Puppet Show $500
Maio, Valerie In My Heart Social Emotional Creative Dance Residency $650
Marshall, Cindy Rivka Voices of Needham $500
Needham Art Association Monthly Artist Demonstrations and Community Service Project for 3 Needham Service Organizations $1,000
Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund "From Needham to the World" - Revolving Mural Project $400
Needham Community Theatre, Inc. Shrek the Musical $750
Needham Diversity Initiative, Inc. Needham Multicultural Fair $1,000
Needham Open Studios, Inc. Needham Open Studios 2023 Group Location $1,000
Plugged In Band Program, Inc. Spring 2023 Band Class $800
Quinobequin Quilters, Inc. Quinobequin Quilters 2022 Quilt Show $300
Rehearsal for Life, Inc. Rehearsal for Life's Freelance Players $350
Speter, Tova Rain Art Scavenger Hunt $1,100
Storytime Crafts, Inc. Youth Connector - Volunteer Ambassadors $1,000
The Delvena Theatre Company Meet Julia Child! $635
The Highland Glee Club of Newton, Inc. 2022 Winter Concert $450
The Needham Concert Society, Inc. Promoting Classical Music in Needham $450
The Rivers School Conservatory Rivers Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 Season $350
Troen-Krasnow, Adina Make and Take a Mosaic Rock $750
Zaino, Nick 100 Years of Boston Comedy $200
Zhang, Dennis CFN Chinese New Year Celebration Gala $700

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on April 1, 2023 at 12:40 AM UTC
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