Brockton Cultural Council Funding Priorities:
Our funding priorities are weighted toward locally-based organizations, groups and artists who have the greatest impact on Brockton and its citizens. Please see our score sheet for grant applications.
Brockton Cultural Council Local Guidelines
Effective FY2017 beginning with projects executed between September 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017.
Please read these guidelines as they may have changed since the last grant cycle.
I. Program Purpose
The purpose of the Brockton Cultural Council (BCC) is to promote and maintain the vitality of cultural activities within the Brockton community. The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities.
Our support emphasizes collaborative projects and programs, Including but not limited to: the ongoing work of individual artists and writers, environmental and historical education projects that bring together artists and other types of organizations, local cultural groups and projects that serve specific populations, i.e., youth, elders, low-income, disabled.
II. Eligibility Requirements
The project must have a Brockton sponsor and/or substantial community support demonstrated in a letter that accompanies the application. Priority will be given to projects (exclusive of school field trips) that have demonstrated tangible benefits to Brockton citizens. BCC gives funding preference to local artists who live or work in the city. New projects and programs will also be given preference. As a rule, the Brockton Cultural Council does not provide funding for operating support.
Applicants can be considered as one or more of the following: A) arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations; B) individuals including artists, science educators, historians, musicians, writers or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.; C) community organizations including but not limited to schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations, etc.
III. Areas of Consideration
There are five major areas considered by council members in evaluating each grant application:
- Quality of Project
- Community/Public Benefit
- Collaborative/New Projects
- Budget/Marketing/Funding Support
Detailed descriptions of these categories can be found on our scoring sheet.
IV. Field Trips
Up to twenty percent (20%) of total available grants funds will be set aside for the purchase of tickets only for cultural field trips for children (pre K-12) in public, private and parochial schools, as well as those in special needs, after-school programs. Activities, which include performances, educational tours or exhibits and museum visits, must take place outside of the school setting. Due to limited funding, only one field trip per school may be submitted. Applicants MUST include date, time, location and name of performance or program to be attended on the application. We do not generally fund transportation for field trips. The MCC may provide separate $200 transportation grants via its Big Yellow Bus program http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/programs/bigyellow.asp.
V. Application Process
In addition to the general state guidelines for LCC grants and cultural field trip grants, we have specific local guidelines and an ONLINE application process, as required by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Applicants can access the online application at www.massculturalcouncil.org.
We encourage applicants to partner with a Brockton group or organization for the project. Documentation confirming commitment to the partnership must accompany the application. In the case of performance groups, include a letter from the venue provider confirming the location and date. Audience size does not determine public benefit, but to the degree possible, full participation and integration of people with disabilities must be ensured.
We review all grant applications using the state and local guidelines and our scoring sheet. The BCC makes every effort to fund a variety of projects in order to best serve the Brockton community in its entirety. Grant recipients are asked to send an announcement of a public performance or exhibition to the Council two months prior to the event so that the Council can attempt to publicize it and have the option of attending. We encourage you to send us digital photos of funded events that we can use on our web site. Send photos (or links to online photos) to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit the MCC web site at www.massculturalcouncil.org and click local cultural council, or email us at email@example.com or call 508-584-4178 or 508-583-3729.