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Newton Cultural Council


Newton Cultural Council

1294 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459-1544

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Application Information

FY25 Allocation


FY25 Local Priorities

The goal of the Newton Cultural Council (NCC) is to support the cultural vitality of Newton by funding excellence in creative, cultural and humanistic projects of cultural organizations, artists, and humanists that benefit and enrich our Newton community. The NCC awards grants to projects in the humanities, arts and sciences annually. It requires all proposals to have a public benefit for Newton residents and encourages collaborative projects, novel ideas and serving underrepresented populations.

The NCC encourages projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Newton. The NCC strives to be an anti-racist, inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible council. We seek to increase funding for programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences created by or featuring BIPOC applicants and audiences. Newton Cultural Council will create internal organizational systems, processes, structures and cultures that encourage any person to engage with us. In creating an anti-racist and equitable council, we actively seek a multitude of voices within our community.

The NCC does not fund Newton Public Schools programs.
The NCC will prioritize those proposals having a confirmed venue, as well as those with a clear promotional strategy.

FY25 Local Guidelines

FULL NCC GUIDELINES are available at
APPLICATIONS must be submitted by OCTOBER 17th. Late applications cannot be accepted.
FUNDING PERIOD: July 2023 – December 2024
OBJECTIVES: To support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of Newton, through funding creative, cultural and humanistic projects involving Newton cultural organizations and Newton artists and humanists.

• The council awards grants to MA residents whose projects benefit Newton.
• Because NCC funding is not intended to be the sole source of project funding, the NCC requires applications to demonstrate other cash and/or in-kind funding.
• Applicants are encouraged to submit examples of their work: websites, YouTube, Social media, etc. are acceptable.
• An individual or organization may apply for no more than two grants in the same year.

NCC accepts applications from anyone included in the following list:

• Individuals. Individual applicants, which includes sole proprietors, must show that a public benefit results from the project for which they are requesting funds. Individual members of the NCC may apply for funding from but must observe all conflict-of-interest laws and regulations in the granting process.

• Incorporated non-profit organizations. Organizations incorporated as nonprofits with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

• Unincorporated associations. A group of individuals coming together with a common purpose (e.g., local community band, theater group) that do not have nonprofit status.

• Incorporated for-profit organizations. For-profit organizations incorporated with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. This includes corporations, partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies (LLC). Applicants must show that a public benefit results from the project for which they are applying.

• Religious organizations. LCCs cannot fund activities that are “inherently religious” such as religious worship, instruction, and proselytization. Religious organizations or groups with a religious affiliation are eligible to apply for funding for a project or program that:
o is available to the general public.
o has purpose of benefitting the public, not the religious organization.

Flyers, programs, announcements, invitations, etc. printed or online for all funded projects must include both the Newton Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council logos.
All announcements must also include the phrase: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.” Failure to do this will jeopardize future funding.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Back Room Boston, Inc. The Boston Festival of New Jewish Music presents: Newton Highlands Community Klezmer Dance Party $1,000
Bay Colony Brass, Inc. Latino Laton (Latin Brass) Concert with Boston Music Project $500
Belmont World Film, Inc. Belmont World Film's 21st Family Festival $750
Boston Choral Ensemble, Inc. Fauré Requiem (fully-staged production) $850
Boston Jewish Film, Inc. 35th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival $500
Boston String Academy, Inc. Boston String Academy Classical with a Twist - "Nuevo Tango" $500
Cappella Clausura, Inc. Vespers of Cozzolani w/ H&H Young Women $1,000
Chakraborty, Maitreyee Tagore Compositions with Vocal and Sarod - a Harmony $2,000
Charles River Wind Ensemble, Inc. Concert: Ritual and Dance $450
Commonwealth Chorale, Inc. The Dream Unfinished $500
Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, Inc. Tasty Sounds and Sonic Flavors: Hear What We Taste, Taste What We Hear $800
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $400
Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) Newton, MA Newton Juneteenth Celebration $1,500
Fisher, Ellen FenceART $1,200
Gallo, Cristina Siren Songs $750
Held, Grey Broken Bindings $1,000
Heller, Touring Producer, Broken Box Mime Theater, Martha BKBX in Newton 2024! $800
Herman-Haase, Eileen 3, Ballroom/Latin LIne-Dance Workshops $350
Improbable Beasts Freylekh! Improbable Beasts and Nat Seelen $1,000
Indigenous Peoples Day Newton Committee Indigenous Peoples Day Newton Ceremonial Celebration $2,000
Israeli American Council New England Mimouna $1,000
Karatekin, Tamer Newton's Chess Heritage: Seminar and Exhibition Marking the World Chess Federation's 100th Anniversary $300
Konigsmark, Bo Into the Light Ensemble Chamber Music Concert $500
Music Mondays Inc Music Mondays at the Scandinavian Center $1,500
Music, Arts and Fashion Productions, Inc. Musical Café, Ukrainian-American Style $1,500
Narayanan, Sunanda Bridging Rifts through Movement $1,000
New Art Center in Newton, Inc. New Art Center's Free Community Cultural Celebrations $2,000
New Philharmonia Orchestra of Massachusetts, Inc. New Phil @ 30! With Liv Taylor $500
Newton Art Association, Inc. Bus Stop Art $450
Newton Baroque, Inc. Newton Baroque 2023-2024 Season $2,000
Newton Chinese Language School, Inc. Melody of Cultures $1,000
Newton Cultural Alliance, Inc. A Roland Hayes Tribute $900
Newton Housing Authority 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration $2,000
Newton Open Studios Newton Open Studios $1,500
Newton Pride Corporation WinterFEST $1,878
Newton Pride Corporation Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts $1,750
Newton Theatre Company, Inc. The Monologue Project: Voices of the Neurodiversity Community in Newton $1,000
Non-Event, Inc. Waterworks 2024: Festival of Experimental Sound $1,000
O'Keefe, Mary Lost and Found $2,000
Orchestra Without Borders Music from the Margins II: East-West $1,000
Pitts, Christopher Share the Love Pop Up Concerts $2,000
Read Your World Inc. Author Panel: Celebrating Pride Month with Children's Books $600
Rehearsal for Life, Inc. Rehearsal for Life's Freelance Players $200
Russell, Jonathan Music for Troubled Times $1,000
Shalom-Kobii, Tal Shalom A tribute to women composers around the globe $1,000
Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Inc. Goodnight Moon $500
Sullivan Rep, Inc Sullivan Rep Inaugural Season, Production #1: "Steel Pier" $1,200
Suzuki School of Newton, Inc. Multicultural Festival & Art Show $750
The Highland Glee Club of Newton, Inc. Spring Concert $1,000
The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Inc. All in the Family $1,000
Waban Improvement Society, Inc. Newton Piano Summit $2,000
Wangh, Rebecca EveryBody Signs: ASL Programming $500
Webb, Ann Spring Hafla 2024 $500

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