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The Brockton Cultural Council is the local funding arm of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Our mission is to fund locally based arts, culture, and interpretive science organizations who collaborate with one another or other local organizations.



The Fy2020 application cycle closed October 15, 2019.
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THE BROCKTON CULTURAL COUNCIL THANKS TORREY & ASSOCIATES FOR THE USE OF THEIR CONFERENCE ROOM IN THE STACY ADAMS CULTURAL ARTS BUILDING!

https://www.stacyadamscab.com



MEETING SCHEDULE

Meeting minutes are available upon request.


The BROCKTON CULTURAL COUNCIL has not met since Feb. 1, 2020. We are looking into remote meetings and will post those, with plenty of notice, if they happen, here and on the City calendar.



A MESSAGE FROM THE BCC REGARDING THE CURRENT STATUS OF PROJECTS AND REIMBURSEMENTS


Since the beginning of social distancing in March, The Brockton Cultural Council has been unable to meet. We have sent via email, and are posting here, this notice to all grantees, to advise you of what your options are, regarding the completion of your projects. We realize, and have been advised by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, that most of our funded projects may be presented differently than originally scheduled (i.e. online), or may be postponed. The following is an excerpt from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s letter to all Local Cultural Councils:


“We encourage you to work in partnership with grantees to help ensure that the great projects you funded get to take place in a new way or at a later date. Because the situation is moving quickly and your grantees will likely have little control over the changes they have to make, councils should be flexible and responsive when reviewing the requests for extensions and modifications. … While the guidelines imply that approval should be sought before making changes, we urge all LCCs to consider how little notice grantees may have about cancellations and other necessary changes they must make. You will likely be reviewing modifications requests after the program has already been changed or postponed and should not penalize the grantee. “


With that in mind, we wanted to let our grantees know that the Brockton Cultural Council will be as flexible and responsive as we can, to ensure that your programs are funded, despite changes that must be made, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the stay-at-home orders by Governor Baker and Mayor Sullivan. That said, it is very important that you contact us to request approval for any changes to your project(s), whether before or after they have occurred. THE BCC MUST GIVE WRITTEN (via email or hard copy) PERMISSION TO MAKE CHANGES TO PROJECTS, even if after-the-fact. We ask that you make your requests via email to: brocktonculturalcounciinfo@gmail.com.


The Council must secure approval from the City to hold remote meetings (already approved by the Governor) and we must ensure that meetings are open to the public. All meetings will be posted on the City calendar and on our website: https://www.mass-culture.org/Brockton. We anticipate voting on project modifications as a group, after receiving multiple requests.


Regarding modification requests the LCC Program Guidelines state: “Grant recipients have one year from the date of their approval notification to request reimbursement. Grant recipients need the LCC’s written permission (email or hard copy) to make changes to their projects. At their discretion, LCCs can approve reasonable extensions and modifications for projects. The modification should not significantly alter the original purpose of the approved application. Project extensions and modifications must be requested in writing (email or hard copy) and responded to in the same manner. In order to review an extension or other modification to an approved grant the LCC must convene a quorum of LCC members and vote. The LCC must inform the applicant of their decision in writing and ensure that the vote is reflected in the meeting minutes.”
“It is up to your council to determine what is ‘reasonable’ and what constitutes a significant change to the ‘original purpose’ of the approved program. The Mass Cultural Council does not limit the eligible window of time for extensions—it is at each council’s discretion. “



Please note that there are a number of resources, including emergency funding, posted on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website:

https://massculturalcouncil.org/covid-19-resources/.



Here is a link to the COVID19 Relief Fund for Individuals for artists, humanists, and scientists who have lost income due to COVID19: https://massculturalcouncil.org/artists-art/covid-19-relief-fund-for-individuals/


Should you wish further information, please contact us at: brocktonculturalcounciinfo@gmail.com.


We wish safety and health to you and yours.






Download a W-9 form here

Download a reimbursement form here

Link to Credit and publicity kit

Click here for a downloadable logo

http://www.mass-culture.org/Brockton
email brocktonculturalcouncilinfo@gmail.com


Brockton Cultural Council PO Box 999 120 Commercial Street Brockton, MA 02303-0999 508 584 4178

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