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Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire

April 20, 2018
Cultural Events

Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire
What it is: The Massachusetts Cultural
Council's Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program
is the largest grassroots cultural funding
network in the nation supporting thousands
of community-based projects in the arts,
humanities, and sciences annually. Each year,
local councils award more than $3 million in
grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs
statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every
Massachusetts citizen.
With funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire
County (CCNB) provides grants to help underwrite projects, programs, and events in the arts,
humanities, and interpretive sciences. We are committed to supporting the work of local artists,
cultural institutions, schools, and other groups in sustaining and enriching the diverse creative
community of the northern Berkshires, with a focus on making cultural activities accessible and
engaging to all.
Individuals, schools, and organizations can apply for funding cultural projects. This is only open to
projects that benefit residents from one of the 11 municipalities we represent. These municipalities
are: Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams,
Monroe, Savoy & Williamstown.
Council Members
Ideally there are two representatives from each municipality. Occasionally a town or city
doesn’t have representation and someone from a neighboring community fills that space. We
meet 5-6 times a year, at night, for about two hours. In reviewing grant applications, there is
about 8-15 hours of committee work. We divide the council according to types of grants: visual
art, performing arts, schools, humanities, and sciences. In committee we read grant
applications, deliberate and then bring that information back to the full council where we
determine our final awards.
Three of the meetings happen in the fall. One in late October, one or two (if needed) in
December. Committee work happens between the meeting in October and the meeting in
December.We then meet 2-3 times in the spring to plan and discuss future marketing and grant
cycle information.
How to become a member: To become a representative of your town
or a neighboring community or a community you work in, you would
need to petition the Select Board or the town clerk of that town and
then wait for appointment.