Community Grantmaking

This North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival announces its 2014 community grants program, with a focus on the arts. Creative proposals are sought from local organizations, schools, or ad-hoc community groups that promote visual, creative, public, or performing arts across the North Quabbin communities. 2014 proposals must originate from a non-profit organization, school, or group located in one of the nine North Quabbin towns. North Quabbin artists, educators, or performers may collaborate with an organization to initiate and propose a project that meets grant program goals, but grants will not be made to individuals. Applications must address at least one of the following goals: Provide free or low-cost opportunities for participation and/or enjoyment of the arts; Increase access to local or regional cultural events; Engage the community in creating public art or performance; Enhance opportunities for local artists and performers to collaborate with local groups to promote art and creativity in the region. Grant applications are due February 16.

First, click here to read the grant information for eligibility and submission instructions.

Next, download and complete the application and submit as instructed within by February 16. Be sure to save and name your application with your organization or project name.

Festival history and philosophy of grantmaking: The festival has been a model for igniting local culture and economy since its inception. It is a celebration for all ages where attendees purchase directly from local artists, farmers, and food producers, thus keeping money in our region.The Garlic and Arts Festival success and sustainability is made possible through a fully volunteer organizing committee who collectively contribute thousands of hours year round to bring the festival to fruition, plus 200 additional volunteers the weekend of the event. Each exhibitor also contributes 3-4 hours of time to help with an aspect of the festival, from press to set up, to feeding work crews, to sorting compost after the event. A non-profit event under the fiscal umbrella of Seeds of Solidarity Education Center Inc, proceeds from the festival ensure that it continues from year to year. Thanks to the commitment of those who attend, vend, perform, and volunteer year after year, the festival can now also spread values of community building year round, and support other projects in the North Quabbin region. From 2009-2013, grants ranging from $100 to $5000 were awarded to 18 local groups and projects, as well as contributions to the North Quabbin Food-A-Thon, totaling over $20,000 in community grants made to support community building and projects in the arts, agriculture/food, energy conservation, and wellness.