Sheffield Cultural Council
The purpose of the Sheffield Cultural Council is to promote and maintain the vitality of local cultural resources and to ensure that these resources are shared within the Sheffield and Ashley Falls community. The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities in the realms of the arts, the humanities, and the environment. We support a variety of art forms, the ongoing work of individual artists, environmental education projects, collaborative proposals that bring together artists and other types of organizations, local cultural groups, and projects that serve specific populations: youth, elders, low-income, and/or disabled. Special consideration is given to projects and programs that take place in Sheffield, Ashley Falls, or in close proximity.
Amy Rudnick, Chair
21 Depot Square
Sheffield, MA 01257-9801
FY23 Local Priorities
The purpose of the Sheffield Cultural Council is to promote and maintain the vitality of local cultural resources and to ensure these resources are shared within the Sheffield and Ashley Falls community. The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities.The Council will give priority to applicants who present projects that serve youth or the elderly, projects that benefit the local community, and projects that focus on history, environmental awareness and the arts and humanities. Sheffield and Ashley Falls based applicants are given preference over those from out of town. In addition, the Council prioritizes events and programs that take place in Sheffield or in close proximity.
FY23 Local Guidelines
Applications are evaluated in terms of several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications, dedication, and track record of the individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and of benefit to the Sheffield and Ashley Falls communities. For projects in schools, enrichment projects utilizing outside professionals are allowed. The Council will carefully scrutinize repeated requests; such proposals should show other sources of support to demonstrate that the project is not dependent solely on Sheffield Council funding.
The Council supports a number of projects each year; due to limited funds, many of these are only partially funded by the Council.
Applicants can be: arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations; individuals including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.; community organizations such as schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY23 Funding List
|Ashley Falls Village Improvement Society. Inc.||Ashley Falls Memorial Day Parade||$300||Berkshire Bach Society, Inc.||Messiah Sing||$200||Berkshire Children's Chorus, Inc.||Circles: A Multimedia Concert||$200||Berkshire Music School, Inc.||Ukulele Lessons for student singers in the Berkshire Children’s Chorus||$300||Berkshire Pulse, Inc.||Moving Life Stories||$200||Berkshire South Regional Community Center||Berkshire Ukulele Band (BUB) and Berkshire Sings! (Sings!)||$300||Dewey Memorial Hall, Inc.||Show N' Tell||$300||Dewey Memorial Hall, Inc.||Young at Heart||$200||Dewey Memorial Hall, Inc.||Use Your Words||$100||Dewey Memorial Hall, Inc.||Jazz Jam Session||$350||Festival Latino of the Berkshires, Inc.||Festival Latino of the Berkshires||$300||Flying Cloud Institute, Inc.||MakerSpaces: Making the Future Brighter!||$500||Greenagers, Inc.||Greenagers' Education and Stewardship||$500||IS183, Inc.||ARTcentric: Berkshires After-school at Undermountain Elementary School||$200||Lich Gate Concerts||Lich Gate Concerts in the Park||$500||Means, Pamela||Pamela Means presents The Power of The Protest Song: Our Shared History and Present Day||$200||New Marlborough Village Association, Inc.||Meeting House Programs and Gallery Shows||$150||Shakespeare & Company, Inc.||2023 Fall Festival of Shakespeare||$600||Sheffield Association, Inc.||Sheffield Fair||$1,500||Sheffield Historical Society, Inc.||Musical Entertainment at the Sheffield Historical Society Garlic Festival||$230||Sheffield Historical Society, Inc.||Scary Stories Around the Fire||$200||Sheffield Historical Society, Inc.||A Silver Dagger: Exploring Women's History Through Folk Songs||$300||Southern Berkshire Regional School District||Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Aftercare Program||$400||Southern Berkshire Regional School District||Soundtrack Workshop||$500||TapRoot Sessions||TapRoot Sessions Dances, Workshops, and Concerts||$200||Vocalis Youth Choir, Inc.||Vocalis Scholarship Fund||$200||Wells, Nanette||seasonal theme assorted crafting||$300|