This page last updated on 1/3/23
The FY 2023 Grants application window is now closed.

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, pre-pandemic )
Click the images above for another example of an ACC Grant in the schools.

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.

For details of the FY 2023 decision process, plus a list of this year's
grant recipients, please click here.

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  The online application period for FY 2024 Grants 
 begins on September 1st, 2023, 
 and closes at 11:59 PM on October 16th, 2023.  
(Online applications only; paper applications are no longer being accepted.)  

This year, the Massachusetts Cultural Council allocated nearly $24,000 to the Agawam Council to disperse through our local Grants program. To accomplish this, the MCC has implemented a new Grants Management System. This will change how Grants and Grant Applications are processed for both the Local Cultural Councils and applicants alike, but the application process is similar to the previous version.
Online applications for FY 2024 grants will be available from September 1st through October 16th, 2023. The Council will then consider funding for all applications received by 11:59 on that date.
Applicants will be notified of our decision(s) by e-mail
no later than January 7th, 2024.

( * NOTE: the following information is subject to all State
    mandated pandemic restrictions . . .

Organizations, schools and individuals may apply for FY 2024 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. -

ARTISTS! -- Looking for funding beyond local grants to support your work? Click here, and follow the links to find ideas and opportunities for artists,
information on fellowships, apprenticeships, work spaces and more!
Find useful information on Artist Fellowships here.


 ( NOTE: This grants program is still on hiatus due to the pandemic. ) 
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.



For FY 2023, the Agawam Cultural Council's allocation of State and unencumbered funds dedicated to supporting Arts and Culture in our local community totaled more than $26,000.
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.


We strongly suggest that you first become familiar with
the Local Cultural Council Program by visiting
the Massachusetts Cultural Council here,
or by proceeding carefully with the rest of this page.

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Local Council Guidelines:
Click here to be taken to the MCC's Agawam web page.

a) Applicants must have a local Partner/Venue in Agawam.*
        * A partial list suggesting 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 of the online application process, please click here.

(If you do not already have an account with the MCC, you must click the "Register" button to create one.)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Must the 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 application.)

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)

(If you do not already have an account with the MCC, you must click the "Register" button to create one.)

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Questions not answered here?
Queries 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:

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