HCC Council Guidelines & Priorities

The guidelines for awarding a grant are a combination of:

MCC (Mass Cultural Council)


HCC (Hudson Cultural Council)

local guidelines.

MCC criteria:

  1. Art, Humanities or Science

  2. Public Benefit

  3. Non-Discrimination

  4. Local Criteria (HCC guidelines)

Hudson Cultural Council Guidelines:

1. All applications for performances or exhibits must include a performance or exhibit date and confirmed venue, with a letter from a local sponsoring organization confirming the date and venue. A sponsoring organization is a person, group, or other entity that books, makes arrangements, and assumes responsibility for the performance, exhibit, or other types of programs. Sponsor letter should be on their letterhead .

2. The HCC does not directly book, make arrangements, or handle any logistics related to exhibits, performances or programs. Thus, a grant will not be considered for funding unless there is a local sponsor.

3. Performances must appeal and be accessible to the largest number of Hudson residents of all ages (e.g., accessibility to people with disabilities, cost of admission, etc.).

4. Applications which demonstrate widespread appeal to the Hudson community will be given preference.

5. Cultural Council Funds cannot be the sole source of funding for such programs.

6. If a prior HCC grant was awarded to the applicant but the project was not completed, the new application will include a written explanation.

HCC Funding Priorities:

1. Maximum impact (largest number of Hudson residents of all ages served, including the ratio of dollars spent to the number served).

2. Preference given to grants serving Hudson residents, and to programming by Hudson-based organizations and institutions. This could include but is not limited to the arts, nature, science and environmental education projects.

3. Community-wide events such as, but not limited to concerts, festivals, art shows, etc.

4. Programs which take place inside the town of Hudson.

5. Under-represented or marginalized communities or cultural disciplines in the Hudson community.

6. Collaborative projects between local cultural groups and community organizations.

7. New applicants and/or projects.

8. Applicant's track record: whether the applicant's prior HCC-funded project was (a) completed according to the original grant application (b) was successful, and (c) the applicant completed the required paperwork in order to access their grant funds in a timely manner.

Additional Notes:

  • Incomplete grant applications may be denied funding.

  • Venue needs to be handicap accessible

  • Grant received does not fund food at the event

  • Applicant must be Massachusetts resident