BCC grant projects

Empowering Local Culture One Project at a Time

We are part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) across the state, representing every city and town in the Commonwealth. It’s the largest grassroots cultural initiative in the nation, and we give nearly $10,000 to Belchertown programs every year.

It’s Easy to Apply for a Grant

The LCC grant application process begins September 1, and grant applications are due by October 15.


Visit our Mass Cultural Council page to review our local eligibility requirements and funding priorities.


Attend a Grant Help Desk event, held mid-September, to get feedback on your project or program and assistance with your application.


Complete your online application including any required supplementary materials, and submit by October 15

Grant Awards

BCC votes on grant applications in early December and immediately sends disapproval letters. Approvals are sent in January.

BCC Grants

Ezekiel BaskinPoetry in the Barn$750
Davis R. Bates IIRaising Our Voices: Two Summer Reading Performances at the Clapp Memorial Library$600
Belchertown Senior CenterA Claymates pottery activity$350
Belchertown Senior CenterA Ray of Elvis and King Kountry musical performances$500
Belchertown Senior Center Sarah the Fiddler musical performance$450
Britt RuheCommon Wealth Mural Collaborative for the Belchertown Skatepark Graffiti Jam$1,000
Britt RuheCommon Wealth Mural Collaborative for the Belchertown Skateboard Paint Party$1,000
Justine Dymond The Examined Life: A Memoir Writing Workshop$500
Diane EdgecombInteractive Summer Reading Performance for Families at the Clapp Memorial Library$400
Carrie FergusonCarrie Ferguson and the Grumpytime Club Band, a Food Truck Friday performance$500
Laura HicksChristmas Concert at Christopher Heights$220
Dawn LeFeverLeFever, Food Truck Friday performance$400
Donald LongleyAnillo, a sculpture to be displayed at the Lake Wallace Sensory Trail$1,000
Gregory MaichackThe Rose: Find Your Voice with Pastel Painting at the Clapp Memorial Library$525
Jay MankitaMakerspace Build Along: Chain Reactions! At Chestnut Hill Community School$800
Rondae DraftsHip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! A Christopher Heights program$450
David NeillBelchertown Monday Concert Series on the Common$1,000
Julia PetersenBarn Theater & Studios for Making Space for the Fiber-Curious materials$500
Richard GuimondThe Quabbin Arts Association for their Evening Education Series at St. Francis Church$600
Sheldon RossWindjammer Circus Band Performance$500
Paul SticcaAcousticca, Food Truck Friday performance$750

April Jasak-BangsCommunity Mural$1000
Melissa HurstBelchertown Community Band Concerts$1315
Katharine BlanchardThe Nest: A Literary and Visual Arts Magazine



Sean French-ByrneEmerging Playwrights Festival$1000
Cat Milo Keatinge BezarkThe Fairy Festival$1000
Katie KoertenNightwings: A Bat Storytelling Program for Children and$500
Henry LappenHenry the Juggler Performance$450
Jay MankitaMaker Space Build-Along: Stick-eometry!$900
Rondae DraftsHip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors!$380
David NeillMonday Night Concerts in Belchertown$1860
Sandra PearlEngineering Fun at the Clapp Memorial Library$515
Julia PetersenMaking Space for the Fiber-Curious$1000
Rich PlasseName That TV Theme$440
Steven OpalenikAmpersand Publishing – promethean project$1000
Sarah MadisonQuabbin Art Association Evening Education Series$500
Bryan MaroneyQVDG Grand Opening Festival$1000
Julie A. StepanekLearn Ukulele with Julie (a four part series)$848
Julie A. StepanekMusic and Movement for Young Children$656
Janice MurphySide by Side with The Valley Winds$500
Linda RacicotDrive In Movie Night$400


Steven OpalenikPromethean Project$335
Scott MacPhersonArtist Mentoring Program$200
Arin AndrewsMusical: The Musical$250
Katherine Anderson BensonWalk of Reflection Book Walk$500
Tess MathewsonLoud and Proud$500
Janna Walters-GidsegMystery of the Missing Music$100
Gisele LitalienValley Jazz Voices/Karrin Allyson Concert$300
Mary Jo MaichakAesop Fable’s 3D Mini Puppet Theater Craft and Virtual Hybrid$480
April Jasak-BangsWalk of Reflection: Belchertown State School$1,000
Ezzell FloraninaHeros Journey: 70 Year Path$1,000
Tim KaneAll Together Drumming$200
Janice MurphyHigh School Cadets$500
Ora McKennaGratitude Signs for Common$400
Linda RacicotDrive In Movie$500

Attack Bear PressArt Week Project$1,000
David Hyde CostelloAuthor/Illustrator in Residence$1,000
Ezekiel BaskinSongs of Sea and Space Series$1,000
Belchertown Community BandSummer Concert Series$850
SOAARSOAAR 5K & Music Festival$600
Debra LapointeMaster Gardener of School Pollinator Garden$600
CHCS PTOMad Science Night$500
Clapp Memorial LibraryRolie Polie Guacamole Concert$500
David NeillPremier Swing Band Concert$500
Belchertown Council on AgingDan Kane and Friends$500
Belchertown Council on AgingA Ray of Elvis and King Kountry$500
BHS Writing ClubA Brighter Future$416
Richard GoldinChildren’s Concert at Clapp Memorial Library$400
BHS Art SocietyLiterary Journal$360
Little River FarmFood Truck Friday Participation$300
Gregory MaichakPastel Paint Your Georgia O’Keeffe Miracle Flowers$299
Kevin SypekSypek Brothers at Food Truck Fridays$250
Dorothy CresswellCurious Songs for Curious Kids$125
James MazzaferroMusical Performance$1,150
Belchertown Community BandSummer Concert Series$850
Belchertown High SchoolPeace Poles$650
David NeillPremier Swing Band Concert$605
Davis Bates and Roger TincknellA Universe of Songs & Stories$600
Belchertown Farmers & Artisans MarketEducational Series$500
Paul SticcaAcousticca Band at Food Truck Fridays$500
Chestnut Hill Community SchoolReading Party Entertainment$400
Attack Bear Pressmemories of my life: A Walking Myth$350
Belchertown Art AssociationQAA Evening Education Series$350
Donna Lee HoneywellIn Tribute to Karen Carpenter$350
Dorothy CresswellNew Songs for Teachers and Librarians$300
Clapp Memorial LibraryPersonal Map Book Workshop$267
Springfield Symphony Youth OrchestraSeason Premiere Concert$176
Belchertown Cultural CouncilFood Truck Fridays$850
Belchertown High School Writing ClubBHS Literary Journal$800
David Hyde CostelloSimple Machines$750
Paul SticcaThe ChickenYard Band at Food Truck Fridays$550
Greene Room ProductionsKids’ Tour: Danny Champion of the World$550
Christine ShirtcliffCreative Journal Expressive Arts Series$500
Clapp Memorial LibraryBanish Misfortune – Traditional Irish Music$420
Nick Kachulis and Sarah Clay (performing as Skylarkz)Great American Masters of Song$400
Arthur & Peter Evans / Makerspace Workshops3D Design & Printing / Robotics Workshop$400
David MaloofSongwriting Workshop$350
Davis BatesHalloween Harvest$350
Dawn Kelley Music Is Love – Music, Magic and Comedy$250
Lori St. PierreBlind Painting$150
Dorothy CresswellThe Curious Giraffe Show: Libraries Rock!$150
Springfield Symphony Youth OrchestrasSSYO Premiere Concert$136
Hilltown FamiliesHilltown Families Suggest$50
Athol Historical SocietyUniquely Quabbin magazine/consortium$50
Ryan Caster“A Ticheli Extravaganza”$750
Davis Bates & Roger TincknellSongs & Stories to Build a Better World$600
David NeillJazz Bones Music Concert$560
Robin MurphyGlobal Arts Performance$545
Tammy RyanBelchertown School Gardens$500
Dale MonetteQuabbin Wildlife$500
Susan SheaArt with Poetry$400
Lori St. PierreAbstractions$385
Makerspace Workshops3D Design & Printing / Robotics Workshop$350
Julie StepanekLearn Ukulele with Julie$300
John RootOrganic Gardening for Everyone$200
Springfield Symphony Youth OrhcestraSSYO Premiere Concert$194
Hilltown FamiliesLearn Local, Play Local$150
Susan SheaFolded Book Art$100
Jabish Brook Middle SchoolJose Gonzales and the New Criollo Quartet$900
Julie Ann StepanekMusic with Miss Julie$600
Susan Shea-BressetteArt with Poetry$600
David Neill (Dixieland Stomp)The Dixieland Music Concert$475
Diane EdgecombeSummer Reading Storytelling$455
Kendra CarneyFood Sustainability at Home$450
Clapp Memorial LibraryBanish Misfortune – Traditional Irish Music$420
Susan Shea-BressetteHaunted History of New England$292
Susan Shea-BressetteCake Decorating 101$275
Igualdad EducationPuerto Rican Tropical Ecology$250
Belchertown Council on AgingUpcycling Workshop$250
David MaloofUkulele Edu-Concert$250
Springfield Symphony Youth OrchestraSSYO Premiere Concert$150
Hilltown FamiliesHilltown Families Suggest$133
Denise Fontain-PincinceArt with Poetry$1,453
Donna Lee HoneywellConnie Francis & Jim Reeves Tribute Show$600
The Gypsy WranglersSwing Dance for the Community$500
Belchertown Council on AgingJimmy Mazz “The King of Cool!”$500
Belchertown Council on AgingAn Evening of Art with Donna Estabrooks$400
Clapp Memorial LibraryTales from Asia and Africa$400
Clapp Memorial LibraryMusic with Little Ones and Those Who Love Them$400
Animal World ExperienceWild Heroes$385
Belchertown Council on AgingAnimal Adventure Presentation$385
Clapp Memorial LibraryBanish Misfortune – Traditional Irish Music$360
Clapp Memorial LibraryBeginning Ukulele for Adults$350
BHS Art Honor SocietyArt, the Earth, and Us$270
David MaloofThe Ukulele Edu-Concerts$250
John RootOrganic Gardening for Everyone$200