Grant FAQ

Applying for a Newton Cultural Council Grant may feel overwhelming!

Here are some answers to questions you might find yourself asking… and if you have others, send us an email. 

We’re here to help!

I’m lost – where do I start the application process?

All applications are done online: click HERE to start!

For this year’s applications (the application cycle open from Sept 1 2019-Oct 15 2019), does it have to be a project that’s happening in 2019?

No! We accept grant applications for projects that take place between July 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020.

What’s the timeline for the applications?

September 1st – October 15th, 2019: Applications are open

October/November 2019: NCC receives the applications, divides them between the members, and each member reviews an approximately equal number

November 2019: Each applicant should be contacted by their designated NCC member for a brief interview to review their application and ensure that there is no missing information or anything that would disqualify their application

December 2019: the NCC convenes to vote on the projects to fund

January 15th, 2020: Final list of funded grants is released

What kinds of projects do you fund? 

The Council considers all projects in the arts, sciences and humanities as long as there is a public benefit. That means that while we’d love to help fund the ballet workshops you attended in Moscow, or your gamelan classes in Bali, unless you’re coming back and putting on a series of performances, we can’t help you.

I noticed it says I need to have a “confirmed location” for my project. I don’t even know where to start with that… 

A great question! And a bit of a tough one, because locations always depend on the type of activity you are trying to promote.

Your best bet is to find a location in Newton. Public spaces, outdoor spaces, as well as privately-owned or commercial spaces, are all fair game, as long as you are promoting a public event. You can also charge for your event and still receive a grant. It doesn’t have to be free.

Click here (LIST TO COME)  for a list of suggested locations in Newton. While it isn’t exhaustive, it might be a good place to start if you’re feeling lost!

I have an AMAZING project in mind, but it’s going to cost $10,000 – can I request that much money? 

While there’s nothing stopping you from asking for that much, unfortunately, in order to ensure that the NCC can “spread the wealth”, in the past we have capped all grants at $1,500. While we have over $30,000 to distribute this year (so the cap may be slightly higher), it’s unlikely that we will be able to fully fund projects with such a large budget.

It’s also important to note that all funding is, in fact, reimbursements. So, even if the NCC funds $10,000, you’ll have to pay that up front, provide receipts, and then we will repay you. That means your project should be financially viable without a grant.

Ok – So my grant is actually a reimbursement for specific costs I incur while working on my project.


What can those costs include? 

A few pieces of advice… Keep all your receipts, and please remember that the NCC cannot fund the purchase of food or drinks.

Examples of costs that have been reimbursed in previous years include the following:
– Rental of a/v equipment,
– Exhibition costs,
– Printing costs,
– Travel expenses,
– Lighting and seating rentals
– Materials for artists

Am I allowed to submit more than one grant application? 

Yes, you are! If you have more than one project you’d like to share with the community, you can absolutely submit more than one grant application. However, we do try to “spread the wealth” so don’t be surprised if only the strongest of your grant applications is funded.

You can also check out this new evaluation form we are piloting in FY2020! 

If your question wasn’t covered here, send us a message!