Public Grants Awarded
Massachusetts Cultural Council – Cultural Facilities Fund
On June 15, 2016, Saint James Place was awarded a $247,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund, for the purchase and installation of integrated lighting, sound and video equipment. It is the third matching grant Saint James Place has received from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
In February 2015, Saint James Place was received a $500,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund, for the restoration and preservation of its facilities.
Saint James Place received a matching grant for $22,500 in 2013, to study the need for performance and rehearsal space for small to mid-size arts groups in Berkshire County. Partners for Sacred Spaces, a national organization which conducted the study on behalf of Saint James Place, found that a deep-seated need exists in Berkshire County for such spaces. Dozens of arts organizations said that space options in Berkshire County were often too large or too expensive, and their ability to grow their audiences was hindered by the lack of affordable mid-size space in the county. Saint James Place will allow these small and mid-size companies to produce year-round quality performances for the first time.
Great Barrington Community Preservation Act funds
The residents of Great Barrington voted in May, 2015 at Town Meeting to approve $150,000 for a new slate roof for Saint James Place using its Community Preservation Act funds.
Great Barrington’s Community Preservation Act, voted into law in 2012, permits the town to fund projects that support historic preservation, affordable housing, open space preservation and other community goals. All projects must also be consistent with the town’s master plan. The CPA is funded by a three percent property tax surcharge on residential and commercial properties above the first $100,000 of assessed value.
The new Saint James Place roof is one of nine community projects that the Great Barrington Community Preservation Committee formally recommended last December that town voters should approve.