NORTH ADAMS -- The Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire (CCNB) invites local schools, artists, individuals, and community organizations to apply for its 2014 grants.
The CCNB is a local branch of the Massachusetts State Cultural Council and it represents 11 Berkshire towns (Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, Monroe, New Ashford, North Adams, Savoy, and Williamstown), allocating state funding to local arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences projects. There are also "Individual Artist" grants offered to select residents of those towns. Details are available on the CCNB website: culturalcouncil. wordpress.com.
The CCNB is accepting applications to fund projects occurring between January and December 2014. Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 15. Anyone interested in applying is strongly encouraged to attend one of two free grant-writing workshops: Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the North Adams Public Library, and Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Williamstown Public Library. Guidelines and priorities can change each year, so chances of success increase after attending one of these workshops.
Grants are awarded based on a project's benefit to the community, the qualifications of the individuals/organization involved, the preparation and planning process, and the population segments served.
Priority is given to artists and organizations living within the 11 municipalities represented, proposals that reach under served populations, and collaborative projects between cultural groups and community organizations.
Applications and guidelines are available at local libraries and town halls or online at www.mass-culture.org beginning Sept. 13. Two copies of the completed application must be postmarked by Oct. 15, and mailed to the CCNB, PO Box 227, North Adams, MA 01247. Information: Heather O'Brien, 413-281-0455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.