Submit A Proposal: Procedure and Guidelines

Guidelines for Submission:

UPDATE: Please submit proposals by April 21st to be considered for the second Valley F.E.A.S.T. on April 30th 2011 at the Elevens in Northampton MA.  We have 8-10 spaces available this round and if submissions exceed our capacity, proposals will be jurried and proceeded to the presentation round by guest jurors who are unaffiliated with the organization of this event.  Proposals accepted to present at the April 30th Valley F.E.A.S.T. will be notified by April 23rd. If your proposal is accepted to be presented at the April 30th F.E.A.S.T. it is mandatory that you attend the event to pitch your proposal, if you can not make it, you will be bumped and replaced and asked to apply for the next round.

Artists of all disciplines can submit proposals for virtually anything they are working on that needs funding.

To submit a proposal, simply answer the following questions and email to:

Please answer these questions directly in numerical order and please number your answers accordingly.  Literally copy and paste these questions into an email and answer them, if you do not respond to all the questions and if you do not format it correctly, we will not consider your proposal.  Please do not send your proposal in any format other than in the body of an email.

1. Give a brief description of your project.
2.How will this project benefit the community and how can the public access the completed project outside of F.E.A.S.T. events?
3.How will you use your funds and how long will it take you to complete your project?
4.What other support, funds, permission, collaboration, resources or aid do you have to help make this project happen?

(you may attach jpegs of photos or sketches and provide links to videos and websites, but please keep in mind that we are more interested in what you need funding from F.E.A.S.T. to do, not what you have done in the past with the exception of funding for the continuation of an ongoing project.)

NOTE: preference will be given to proposals which

  • Demonstrate a strong community value, if funded your project should be publicly accessible in at least one other way than being presented at the next valley F.E.A.S.T.. The idea is to expand cultural programming and accessibility in the general area, not just create an incestuous bubble where funded projects don’t break out into different venues. If your stumped on how else to get your project into the public eye, especially in Northampton, we can point you to some helpful resources.
  • Demonstrate feasibility in realistic financial projection and time line and/or be in progress but just need an extra boost.

Some examples:

We’d be unlikely to proceed you to the final presentation round if:
A. You want to make a short film, but you don’t have a camera, a script, or actors.
B. You want to make a public mural but you don’t have a concept or sketches, and no permission.
C. Your project is going to take 6+ months to complete.

We’d be likely to proceed you to the final presentation round if:
A.You’ve shot a short film and now you just need to hire a musician to score it.
B. You have secured a location and permission and your design has been approve by the appropriate entities and you just need some money to get paint.
C. Your project has a reasonable time line and can be presented in either a “half way point” or completed stage at an upcoming F.E.A.S.T. within 6 months.

Guidelines for Accepted Proposals:
In addition to giving a 3-7 minute presentation to the F.E.A.S.T. audience, we will have printed materials available for everyone with information about the proposals. This means the proposal you submit to us will be printed in a hand out if you are selected for the presentation round at the next F.E.A.S.T. event.

If your proposal isn’t accepted, we will try our best to accommodate you at another upcoming F.E.A.S.T. event.
If your proposed project is accepted to the presentation round and does not receive funding, you can submit a proposal for subsequent F.E.A.S.T. events.

Guidelines for Funded Proposals:
If your proposed project is accepted to the presentation round and does receive funding, you will not be able to apply for the next two consecutive F.E.A.S.T.’s so we can give other folks an opportunity to get their projects funded.
If your project receives funding you will be required to present it at an upcoming F.E.A.S.T.. This is how we know you used the money for your project and proves the value of F.E.A.S.T. to our community.

The bottom line is that F.E.A.S.T. exists to get the money you need for your projects so do not hesitate to ask questions, we’re here to help and give you advice on your proposals. Contact us at

One Response to “Submit A Proposal: Procedure and Guidelines”
  1. Phyllis Labanowski says:

    You did it and this looks great. Can’t wait to join the FEAST on the 22nd. Where will it be?
    Also, we are working on an artist’s summit in Franklin County…March 18 and 19…called, To Do List: Make art. Pay bills. Wanna do a presentation on FEAST?

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