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ValleyCreates Artist Working Capital Program

Grants and In-Kind Support to Massachusetts Artists to
Promote Capacity Building in the Wake of COVID-19

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Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM)

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Grants of $1,000 and in-kind support to Massachusetts artists in eligible counties to promote capacity building and sustainability in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The program offers artists opportunities for one-on-one coaching, artist community-building, and online financial and business resiliency workshops specifically focused on navigating a post-COVID cultural sector. Artists who identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color and/or artists from especially rural portions of the Valley will receive priority. Eligible artists currently live or have studio space in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties.

To receive the mini-grant, selected artists will:

  • Envision and share a basic plan of one's artistic and/or community goals for the next 1 to 2 years
  • Sign up for a 1-on-1 with an A4A staff member or trainer to discuss their current goals or challenges
  • Participate in at least one ValleyCreates peer connection event in 2021 (most likely online meet-ups, with possible in-person cohort activities available later in the year)
  • All other opportunities with the program are optional and will be recommended based on the artist's specific needs and interests. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195366

Estimated Size of Grant:

When joining the program, artists will have access to the following resources:

- $1,000 mini-grant
- Priority sign-up for free online workshops for Valley artists (which have limited enrollment in order to maximize peer networking and interaction with the trainer). Workshop participation is strongly encouraged, as it is the meat of this program and its learning process.
- A 1-on-1 session with A4A staff or trainers to talk about specific goals and challenges you face as an artist right now.
- Social media promotional support for 1-2 projects per artist with CFWM's and A4A's social accounts.
- Access to a strong ValleyCreates network of fellow artists.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are artists aged 18+ of any discipline (painters, sculptors, installation artists, new media artists, craft artisans, designers, film-makers, photographers, performers, writers, musicians, thespians, dancers, etc.) who live OR have a studio address in Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden Counties. A studio address can include access to shared studio space, such as at an artist collective. Artists who have previously participated in Assets for Artists programs, including the Studios at MASS MoCA, A4A Matched Savings, or Capacity-Building programs, are eligible to apply. Artists who received a previous ValleyCreates grant are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

- May 10, 2021: Applications due
- Mid-June 2021: Cohort announced
- June - September 2021: Online workshops, 1-on-1 coaching, and community-building opportunities

Those who have never received an artist grant are especially encouraged to apply.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about ValleyCreates, contact Nicole Bourdon

For questions about the working capital grant program, contact

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
333 Bridge Street
Springfield, MA 01103

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties

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