Easthampton Cultural Council Priorities

As of September 2019, the Easthampton Cultural Council is paying future grantees through direct grants. This means grant money will be available in full and up front to grant recipients and is not reimbursement based.

Local Guidelines

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:

  • Proposed projects must benefit the residents of Easthampton.

  • Applicants/groups may submit two applications per fiscal year.

  • Projects must be well planned, including appropriate support materials detailing a specified date, time, and location; a strong publicity strategy; and a well-planned adjustment for the project if the council is unable to fund the entire amount requested.

  • Applicants must have the written support (letter or email) of a local venue in order to be considered if their application includes use of a venue other than one that is under their direct control.

  • Applicants interested in partnering with schools or organizations for events and/or who intend to host an event at a venue not under their direct control must obtain a letter from the venue's management stating that venue management agrees to allow the applicant to use the space for the event on the date(s) intended.

  • If individuals or organizations collaborate on a single application, one member of the collaboration must be designated as the lead applicant for fiscal management purposes.

  • Projects must further Easthampton's programming in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, engaging various populations.

  • Priority will be given to new programming that has not received prior funding. Applicants who have received funding from the council in the past should not assume they will receive the same funding from prior cycles.

  • The Easthampton Cultural Council encourages applicants to apply for funds from various sources. Local council funding is not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for projects of a continuing nature.

  • Project goals are achievable and budget is realistic.

  • All events must be held at accessible facilities.

  • Projects must occur Jan. – Dec. of the calendar year following the October application deadline.

For the MCC guidelines, visit https://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public_applicant_guidelines.aspx.

Funding Priorities
In addition to local and Massachusetts Cultural Council guidelines, ECC is looking for grant applications that utilize Easthampton spaces and resources. Applications, however, will not be denied solely on this funding priority and will be evaluated based on local guidelines and those outlined by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.