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 FY2013 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.
Incorporated organizations must be nonprofit; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose.
Funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.
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 Trip Grants for Schools (formerly PASS Program)
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.
Completed applications must be postmarked no later than the October 15th deadline stipulated by the MCC. All grant applications must be mailed to:
Brockton Cultural Council
P. O. Box 999
120 Commercial Street
Brockton, MA 02303
Unfortunately, hand delivered applications cannot be accepted.
The BCC reviews all grant applications in November - December. Notifications of unfunded applications are sent in December. The approval letters announcing the award of grant money are sent in January.
VI. Application Process
In addition to the general state guidelines for LCC grants and cultural field trip grants, we have specific local guidelines and an application form. Applicants can access the form at www.massculturalcouncil.org.
A separate application and budget for each proposed event/project must be submitted or the application will be rejected. Please include ONE original grant application and eight collated and stapled photocopies, along with eight sets of supporting materials such as: single-page résumés(s) of key personnel, organizational brochures, letters of community support/commitment, artist samples.
Only one video, set of PowerPoint slides, writing example, portfolio, etc. need be provided. A photocopy of your organization’s federal tax exemption status and/or federal W-9 form should accompany the application, if applicable. Answer questions clearly, simply and as completely as space allows. One additional 8-1/2” x 11” page to complete questions is allowed. Describe the project, any collaborators and address the review criteria. Projects with a secured venue and/or a local sponsor, date and time will be given preference over other applicants.
We encourage applicants to partner with a Brockton group or organization for the project. Written 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.
Project Expenses and Revenue (income) must equal.
PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete Applications will not be considered for funding; please remember to SIGN the application. 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
Payments are made on a reimbursement basis only. Projects and payment requests need to be completed within a year of the award notification. Final reimbursement will not be made until the project is completed. Grant recipients submit a reimbursement form accompanied by documentation that the project occurred (invoices, receipts, cancelled checks, program books, proof of credit acknowledgement, etc.) to the Council. The request is reviewed and then forwarded to the city for processing and payment. Due to the high demand for support, the Council may award smaller amounts than requested.
Requests for extensions beyond the grant period will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted in writing before the end of the grant period. The council will review and vote on the request and notify applicants in writing of its decision.
In all published materials and announcements regarding the activities supported by LCC funds, the sponsoring group or individual must acknowledge this support with a written and/or verbal credit statement or by using the MCC logo.
The credit statement is "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brockton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."
The logo is available on the MCC web site www.massculturalcouncil.org. This credit is required by the MCC and failure to comply may jeopardize future funding. Proof of your credit acknowledgment must be provided when you request reimbursement from the Council.
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 617-947-8324 or 508-208-5770.