Dighton Cultural CouncilAlison Makuch
979 Somerset AvenueDighton, MA 02715-1233
Applications for field trips are accepted. (Formerly known as PASS applications.)
LCC Program Guidelines (PDF)
The postmark deadline for applications is October 15
Funding Priorities for 2014-2015:
Payments are made on a reimbursement basis only. Reimbursements generally take 5 to 7 weeks. Detailed information on the reimbursement process will be sent with the final approval letter. Applicants will receive a reimbursement form to use for their payment request. Projects and payment requests need to be completed within a year of the final award notification. With permission of the council, progress or interim payments may be requested for the portion of the project that has been carried out. Final reimbursement will not be made until the project is completed.
Effective September 1, 2014
The purpose of the Dighton Cultural Council is to strengthen, promote and maintain local cultural resources and to encourage their appreciation within the Dighton community. The Council is committed to funding a broad cross-section of activities that reflect Dighton’s diversity including new and emerging cultural resources. We support a wide variety of art forms; the ongoing work of individual artists; environmental education projects; collaborative proposals that bring together artists and other types of organizations; local cultural groups as well as community-wide projects that bring people together. Funds can be used for study, exhibition, performance, publication, pursuit and development of these cultural activities. Primary emphasis will be given to the recognition of, and provision for, the particular needs of Dighton as noted in the priorities listed below.
Applications are evaluated in terms of several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications, dedication and track record of the individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and community benefit/involvement. Proposals from schools and libraries must not request support for activities that should be or used to be part of the municipal budget (i.e., teacher salaries, classroom supplies, school-sponsored clubs and organizations, library books/videos, etc.). Enrichment projects utilizing outside professionals are allowed. Dighton-based applicants are given preference over those from out of town. The council will carefully review repeated requests with particular attention to the extent to which the applicant documents other sources of support to show the project is not dependent solely on council funding.
Applicants can be:
a) arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations;
b) individuals including artists, science educators, historians 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.
Individual applicants are required to be residents for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state for at least one year.
The distribution of funds shall not be based on criteria of race, gender, religion, creed, color, age or national origin.
Completed applications (one original and 7 copies) must be received or postmarked by Oct. 15. Hand-delivered applications can be dropped off at the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall, 979 Somerset Avenue by 3:00PM on October 15. Mailed applications and support materials should be sent to the Dighton Cultural Council, Town Hall, 979 Somerset Avenue, Dighton, MA 02715
Application deadline -- Oct. 15
Notification of disapproved applications -- Nov. 21
Final approval (from state review) -- on or before January 15
Final reports & payment requests due -- by January 15 (one year from final approval notification)
All applications must be typed or word-processed. The application should be as complete and detailed as possible. Provide all pertinent information with the application, including a detailed budget of anticipated income (indicating the sources of that income) and expenses. You may use additional pages where necessary, but not as a substitute for filling out the application itself. Applications involving other persons or institutions must include evidence to verify this involvement such as letters of support, biographies and resumes.
RESPONSIBILITY OF GRANTEES
A final report on the project must be submitted with the request for reimbursement. This report should include a description and/or evaluation of the project, a final accounting of funds received and spent (including matching grants), and appropriate documentation, such as printed programs, copies of press coverage or reviews, verifying letters, photographs, slides or audio/video tapes. Failure to submit a final report will make an applicant ineligible for future funding.
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