May 15, 2020:
We’re pleased to announce the ValleyCreates Rapid Response Artist Working Capital Grant Program.

In partnership with Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists, this fast-tracked financial wellness and sustainability initiative is available for artists who currently live or have studio space in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampton Counties, Massachusetts. This program pairs a $1,000 artist mini-grant with one-on-one coaching and online financial and business resiliency webinars specifically focused on navigating a post-COVID cultural sector.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

For resources and free webinars for Valley artists, please visit the Assets for Artist website.


ValleyCreates is working to understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on our local arts ecosystem. We are talking to our current grantees and will be reaching out to the broader community with a survey soon. To help navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled the following resources and tools for arts nonprofits and artists. Please revisit them regularly for the most timely facts and guidance:

Mass Cultural Council,

New England Foundation for the Arts

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Freelance Artist Resources,

Emergency Funds for Freelancers,

Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston,

Center for Cultural Innovation,

ValleyCreates Initiative is a program of The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ (CFWM). ValleyCreates seeks to strengthen and connect the diverse community of arts and creativity nonprofits in the three counties of the Valley – Hampden, Hampshire and Franklinl. Through a variety of strategies, CFWM seeks to promote greater vitality and sustainability in the region’s arts and creativity community by addressing the needs that have been identified by the sector.

Strategies currently open to applicants

  • none at present

Strategies now closed to applicants

  • Organizational Effectiveness Training Series – multi-session organizational trainings for small arts and creativity organizations
  • ValleyCreates Grants – grants that promote collaboration in arts and creativity and promote meaningful change
  • Planning of an Online Regional Arts Hub – online functionality to better connect arts organizations and artists to strengthen the arts ecosystem
  • Community-Engaged Artist Workshoppresentation & handouts


In January 2018, CFWM received funding from the Barr Foundation for a two-year pilot program to support the arts and creativity sector in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties, as part of Barr’s statewide Creative Commonwealth initiative. The Creative Commonwealth is rooted in the belief that investments in arts and creativity build thriving communities, and it aims to promote the vital leadership role community foundations can play to advance the arts. As part of this statewide initiative, CFWM is seeking to build authentic bridges to communities in the Valley, especially those communities and residents that may not have traditionally been served by the foundation’s funding or programming.

For more information, about the Barr Foundation’s statewide Creative Commonwealth Program, click here.

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Recent press releases:

ValleyCreates Awards $80,250 to 9 Local Organizations May 24, 2019

CFWM Convenes Arts and Culture Advisory Group, September 7, 2017

The Launch of Creative Commonwealth, January 30, 2018

ValleyCreates appoints five local Community Advisors, April 10, 2018