ACC Grants support the Arts in our schools, as well as the general community.

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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HURRY! Now's the time to apply for a FY-2019 grant --
online applications are available only through October 15th, 2018!



The Agawam Cultural Council only allows online applications to be used for all grant requests. Online applications for FY-2019 become available September 1st, 2018. Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, October 15th, 2018.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council has set Monday, October 15th, 2018 as the deadline for all organizations, schools and individuals to apply for FY-2019 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, or performances, workshops and lectures in the schools. Our mandate is primarily to enable projects that support the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences in our community.
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 also: Big Yellow School Bus, below )
For additional information, see: "Local Guidelines", and the FAQ section, below.

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 $200 grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to cultural institutions and activities in Massachusetts. Any K-12 school in Massachusetts is eligible to apply for a $200 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 one week of receipt of the application, you will be notified via e-mail about the status of your application. Before applying, please be sure to read the program guidelines.
The online application for Big Yellow School Bus grants, plus further information on the BYSB program can be found here.



For details and information on the application process, plus screenshots and videos, please click here.
(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.)

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

Online grant applications become available September 1st, 2018. To begin the application process, please click here.
(Applicants are required to create an online account
with the MCC; look for the red "Register here" button.)

REMEMBER -- the deadline for FY-2019 grant applications is Monday, October 15th, 2018.

If you have questions regarding the grant process, please check the FAQ section below, or click the ACC's "Council Priorities" tab here.
Or you may e-mail:, or call (413) 789-4814.

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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 Agawam Cultural Council's allocation of state funds from the MCC totals $12,442 to support Arts and Culture in our local community!

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.

Local Guidelines:

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 will NO LONGER accept paper applications. All applications must now be
    submitted ONLINE. For details, click here. For an application form (available as of
   9/1/16) 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 specified location or committed venue? Yes
(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 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.
   (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)

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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( This page last updated on 8/7/17 )