Cultural Grants Awarded To Northern Berkshire Communities

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Representative John Barrett III and the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council jointly announced the award of 63 grants totaling $72,500.00, for cultural programs in Northern Berkshire Communities. 
These eleven communities are comprised of ; Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, Monroe, New Ashford, Savoy, Williamstown, and the City of North Adams. A complete list of recipients and grant amounts can be found here.
"It's the local volunteers who really make this system work," said State Representative Barrett. "They make limited resources go as far as possible, and they make the tough decisions about which projects should be supported. Thanks to them, the arts, sciences, and humanities are part of people's everyday lives in communities across the state."
The Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire are:
Arthur De Bow, Co-Chair - North Adams               
Lorna Gayle - Lanesborough      
Cecilia Hirsch, Co-Chair - Williamstown
Henry Klein - Adams     
Donna Motta - North Adams      
Barbara Proper - Cheshire          
Linda Rhoads - Adams  
Mark Siegars - Lanesborough    
Sally Sussman - Williamstown
Peter Traub - Savoy
Erica Jane Wetherell - Hancock
Maureen Riley Moriarty, Staff/Administrator
Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2021. Grants will support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people.
The Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire will seek applications again in the fall. For guidelines and complete information on the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, contact us at the email or number above.  Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at .  Applications are due Oct 15.
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Northern Berkshire United Way Community Needs and Special Grants Applications Available

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way's Community Needs and Special Grants (CNSG) grant applications are now available.
Community Needs and Special Grants are intended to support one-time, short-term projects that address current community issues with the goal to positively impact the community. Collaborations are valued. Applications must be received at Northern Berkshire United Way by April 21, 2020. Funding decisions will be announced in June.
Applicants do not need to be member agencies of Northern Berkshire United Way but must be designated by the IRS as a charitable organization. Grants are for residents residing in towns served by Northern Berkshire United Way: Adams Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown and Stamford, Vt. Projects that support safety net services, low to moderate income populations, and support a diverse, inclusive population that has not been previously funded are given priority.
The Community Needs and Special Grants Committee of Northern Berkshire United Way reviews community priorities each year. The committee takes into account the unique assets and needs in Northern Berkshire and evaluates all applications with the available funding.
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