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Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council works to to support and nurture arts activities in the community, stimulate improved public awareness and support for the arts, and oversee public art projects for the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton, Performance, the Silver Chord Bowl, KidsBestFest, Summer Concert Series, Four Sundays in February, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

The Northampton Arts Council believes that art is for everyone. We strive to produce, support, and sustain arts and cultural initiatives that uphold all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically marginalized based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, neurodiversity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion. We affirm the need to redress historical inequities in the arts and cultural sector and commit to supporting equitable and inclusive practices through all aspects of our work.


Brian Foote, Executive Director

240 Main Street #1
Northampton, MA 01060-3113

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

Northampton Arts Council funds:

– Arts projects that include a public component, such as exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies, performances, workshops, readings, virtual presentations, and lectures held in Northampton, Florence or Leeds; this includes programming held in schools.

– Artists based in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds.

– Artists who reside in Massachusetts but whose project will be held in Northampton, Florence or Leeds. For individuals, “reside” does not mean they have to be a “legal resident” of Massachusetts as defined by the State for tax purposes. They simply need to reside in Massachusetts.

– Non-profit cultural and educational institutions that offer programs and events that bring arts to a Northampton area audience

– Work demonstrating the highest artistic merit.

– Projects that are financially feasible and have multiple sources of funding.

– If you are live streaming a public event, captions should be provided. In lieu of captions, you might consider having a message that says, “This event will be recorded and then embedded on our Youtube channel where captions and a transcript will be available.” Before putting on a virtual program, you could ask people to register, and in the registration submission, ask people to communicate any accessibility needs with a deadline by which they need to let you know. It is easier to book a captioner and cancel (with at least 48 hrs notice) than to get one in 48 hours.

– Also note: Schools, not artists, should apply for projects that take place in schools

The Council does NOT fund:

– Projects or events completed prior to applying.

– Fundraising or profit-making events that do not benefit the arts.

– Continuation funding for projects already awarded a grant from the Arts Council.

– More than one application by the same artist or cultural group.

– General operating support.

– Refreshments or food.

– Money to replace municipal funding for the arts.

Supplemental materials are required.

All of our local grant priorities and information are listed here.

Northampton is participating in the MCC’s Direct Grant Program. Approved grantees will receive their funding upfront and not on a reimbursement basis.

FY22 Local Guidelines

We are pleased that you are interested in applying to the Northampton Arts Council for funding.

For your convenience our application process and guidelines are available online at:

Contact us at 413-587-1069 or email us at if you need any help in preparing your application.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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