This page last updated 7/10/21

ACC Grants support the Arts in our schools, as well as the general community.
(pictured above) Pottery artist Richard Hamelin presents a pottery demonstration and workshop for Middle School students at Agawam's Roberta Doering School.
Funded by a Grant from the Agawam Cultural Council.

- Photos taken June, 2019. -

To view a list of recipients of our most recent grants, please select
the "Funding List" tab on our MCC page, here.

Click to read  "Instructions for Recipients of Cultural Council Funding". (PDF)
Downloadable, printable Reimbursement Forms may be found here.

We hope you'll take a few moments to provide some feedback
on your event or experience with us. Please click here for the PDF.

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 The MCC will be implementing a new GRANTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM in August of 2021.  This will effect changes in how Grants and Grant Applications are processed for both the Local Cultural Councils and applicants alike. We will update this page with new information as it is provided to us by the MCC.

Organizations, schools and individuals may apply for FY-2022 grants to enable cultural activities in their communities.* These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Agawam -- including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies, as well as performances, workshops and lectures in the schools. Our mandate is primarily to enable projects that support the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences in our community.
- Scroll down to "The Grant Application Process" to begin. -
( * NOTE: the following information is subject to all State
    mandated pandemic restrictions . . .

The Agawam Cultural Council also encourages grant requests to cover ticket and transportation costs for field trips for school-age children from schools and youth groups.
( see, as well: Big Yellow School Bus, below )
For additional information, see: "Local Guidelines", and the FAQ section, at the bottom of this page.

ARTISTS! -- Looking for funding beyond local grants to support your work? Click this special message from the MCC:
Funding Opportunities for Individual Artists.


 Teachers, School Administrators, and PTO members -- don't miss this: 

The Big Yellow School Bus! ........
The Big Yellow School Bus program from the MCC provides $250 grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to cultural institutions and activities in Massachusetts only. Any K-12 school in Massachusetts is eligible to apply for a $250 grant to be used during the school year.
Schools are eligible for only one BYSB grant per school year.
(Currently, the MCC is considering requests for Field Trip grants to be the same as all other Grant types, and has not created a separate application for them at this time.
Please see the regular Grant Applications Process, below.)
Applications for available funds are reviewed on a "first-received, first-funded" basis, for as long as funds last. Within two weeks of receipt of the application, you will be notified via e-mail about the status of your application. Some restrictions apply.
The online application for Big Yellow School Bus grants, plus program guidelines and current information on the BYSB program can be found by clicking on the school bus:



We strongly suggest that you first become familiar with
the Local Cultural Council Program by visiting
the Massachusetts Cultural Council here.

From the MCC as of 7/10/21:
Beginning September 1, 2021, applicants to the LCC Grants Program will use a new grants management system to complete their online application.
Details will be forthcoming. It will be the same overall application process, just a new site into which to enter the online application.
Training will be available. Stay tuned. 

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Funds designated for grant dispersal by the Agawam Cultural Council are provided by the state under the auspices of the Mass. Cultural Council.
The Local Cultural Council Program, of which the Agawam Cultural Council is a part, is a grant program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The MCC provides allocations to each of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns to support cultural activities. This is the largest program of its kind in the United States.

For FY-2019, the Agawam Cultural Council's allocation of State funds dedicated to supporting Arts and Culture in our local community totaled $13,850.
With Governor Baker's FY-2020 budget's Arts funding increase, plus our unencumbered funds from FY-2019, our Grants funding for dispersal in FY-2020 totalled nearly $17,000!

Local Guidelines: (not yet updated)

a) Applicants must have a local Partner / Venue in Agawam.*
    *A partial list of possible sponsoring venues in Agawam can be found here.

b) The Agawam Cultural Council will also entertain grant requests from schools and youth groups to cover ticket and transportation costs of field trips for school-age children.

c) The ACC can NO LONGER accept paper applications. All applications must now be submitted ONLINE. For details, click here. For an application form, click on the "APPLY NOW" tab at the MCC/Agawam website, found here.


Must applicant be a town resident? No

May institutions as well as individuals apply? Yes

Must the event be open to the public? Yes
    (Exceptions -- venues such as schools or nursing homes.)

Must the project have a specified date? No

May the project have an estimated date? Yes

Must the project have a specific location or committed venue? Yes
    NOTE: Applications without an arranged venue will go unfunded.

Is a letter of confirmation, support or intent from a sponsoring institution required?   Yes
(for this purpose, "venue" and "institution" are interchangeable.)

Is a sample (or previously published review, etc.) of the artist's work required?   Yes
   Please Note this information from the MCC website:
   If a council requires support materials, such as an artist's resume, a flyer
   for the project, a support letter, photo or newspaper review, the applicant
   must present such materials collected as up to three PDF files with
   no size limit
, to be uploaded as part of the online application. These PDFs
   will be collated with the application, and included in the panel book that is
   delivered to the local council for consideration of the grant.
   (Instructions for converting and truncating PDFs are included in the grant

Must the applicant or an institutional representative be available to
attend an ACC meeting after the submission period has closed, to answer questions about the application that they submitted?   Yes (If requested)

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Additional guidelines: Questions should be sent to the ACC e-mail address at:, or you may call Council Chair, Bob Kadis at (413) 789-4814, or send an e-mail directly to:
You may also use our "Contact Us" page, linked at the top of this page.

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