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New Bedford Cultural Council (NBCC) funds programs that promote excellence, access, education, and diversity in the Arts, Humanities and Interpretive Sciences to improve the quality of life for New Bedford city residents.

NBCC ensures that New Bedford’s share of Massachusetts Cultural Council funds are administered fairly and in the best interests of the community.


PO Box 2027
New Bedford, MA 02741-2027

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FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities


Local cultural council (LCC) funds are used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense. Each year the New Bedford Cultural Council (NBCC) adjusts its guidelines and criteria based on responses to a community input survey.

To be considered, the proposed project must either take place in New Bedford or directly benefit the citizens of New Bedford. The New Bedford Cultural Council will give priority to grants that have a measurable impact on the New Bedford community through the following:

1. Projects that provide free or low-cost events and programming
2. Projects that provide opportunities for education, enrichment, and skill-building. These include but are not limited to the subjects of nature, science, the environment, and local history and diversity
3. Projects offering outdoor concerts and festivals, public art and performances, and gallery/museum exhibits
4. Projects that provide opportunities and offer support to individual, emerging or established visual and performing artists

FY23 Local Guidelines


1. The NBCC will only accept applications submitted online. No paper applications will be accepted.
2. This is a reimbursement program; no money is given up front. Award money will be available to you only after you have completed your project.
3. Grant requests may not exceed $4,000 per application. The NBCC looks more favorably on applicants who pursue additional funding sources to support their projects. Food, lodging, and fund-raising are not funded by NBCC.
4. If the budget includes salaries or stipends, attach a detailed breakdown of the allocation of funds for salaries on a separate page. Project locations (i.e. performance venue/gallery space) must be secured in advance of the application. Please attach confirmation letters from the venue or any letters of support for your project.
5. If individuals or an organization collaborate on a single application, one member of the collaboration must be designated as the lead applicant for fiscal management purposes.
6. The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the LCC must be credited by using the MCC’s credit logo or credit line. We encourage grant recipients to use both the MCC logo and the credit statement, but you are only required to use one. Logos are downloadable from this site. The logo must be produced as a unit without alteration.

The credit line is as follows:

“This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”


1. Any field trip that fits with your class curriculum is eligible to be funded. Some examples of trips we’ve funded in the past are: trips to shows at the Zeiterion, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House, the Museum of Science in Cambridge, etc. In your application, please describe how this trip/program directly connects or relates to classroom learning.
2. Schools organizing the field trip are eligible to apply, as well as cultural organizations hosting the field trips. Using the online application, please insert the name of your school in the “applicant” field and your contact name in the “contact name” field.
3. There is no set maximum on the amount that a given school can receive for field trips. However, the amount that we will be able to give to each school will depend on the number of overall requests and the amount of money we receive.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
AHA! New Bedford PRIDE, June 14th AHA! Night $3,800
AHA! New Bedford The Seaport Sessions $3,200
Andrade, Erik La Soul Renaissance -Black August Cultural Memory Celebration $2,600
Anello, Andrew New Moon Projects: BodyBodyBody, Riverside Beats, and New Moon Roller Disco $3,200
Bean, Cara Draw Your Story $878
Bishop, Scott Scapeghost Presents: Unexpected Music $2,600
Cape Verdean Recognition Committee, Inc. Cape Verdean Recognition Parade $2,600
Co-Creative Center, Inc. Co Creative Sessions $3,200
Coastal Foodshed, Inc. Showcasing Local Musicians & Local Food $3,200
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts Patio de Comida/Guatemalan Festival $3,800
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Balloon Animal Twisting workshop $292
DeMary, Michele Booker T. Washington Mural $1,500
Donner, Sarah "Queer à Portuguesa" Being at Home Coming Out $1,750
Downtown New Bedford, Inc. dNB Holiday Stroll $3,800
Dream Out Loud Center, Inc. The Student Showcase $2,600
Dungca, Samantha Free Family Yoga at Wilks Library $1,885
Dworkin, Motoko Origami Storigami $400
Easton Children's Museum, Inc. Finding Your Voice Through STEAM $195
Enloe, Stephanie Free Art Workshops for Children at NB Public Library $2,438
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Talking Puppets of my Heritage-New Bedford Alive! $2,112
Evans, Midori Artists Share! $2,600
Fazio, Rhonda M Dyeing to Wear It: Color Across the Americas $1,170
Felix, Jonathan Full STEAM Ahead $2,000
Gallery X, Inc. Gallery X Unplugged 2023 $3,120
Gillman, Jackson Spring into Action & Song $320
Global Learning Charter Public School GLCPS Drama Club - The Lion King, Jr. $500
Global Learning Charter Public School Field trip to Plimouth Patuxet Museums $980
Gnome, Inc. Happy Camp $983
Good Company NB, Inc. Art and Yoga Camp $1,725
Ingoldsby, Joseph Historic Trees of New Bedford Walking Tour 1: Walk for Health $3,200
Irwin M. Jacobs Elementary School Magic School Bus: Trip to The Solar System $760
Keith, Michelle Celebrating Community in Placemaking $1,105
LeBlanc, Wendy Slow Stitch Folk Art Fridays $2,307
Lovett, Andrea Carving Out Your Story $285
MCLEAN, MICHAEL Stove Boat Concert Series $3,200
MUSE, Inc. MUSE Incorporated - Musical Visits for Seniors $187
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $325
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic $290
Martell, Scott The Magic Around Us $280
Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute, Inc. Breaking Rules to Help Humanity: Exploring the Possibilities of 3D Printing in Architecture $3,800
Millstein, Mark POP-UP Projections $995
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $455
New Bedford Ballet Foundation, Inc. Building Healthy Communities Through Dance $2,850
New Bedford Economic Development Council, Inc. Seaport Art Walk: 10th Anniversary $3,800
New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc. Go, Go, Go! New Bedford Festival Theatre's Summer Academy 2023 $3,800
New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc. Helping New Bedford Students “Ease On Down the Road” to New Bedford Festival Theatre’s The Wiz: Funding Transportation Costs for a Student Matinee Opportunity $3,800
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. Histories and Mysteries: Local Fishing History and Global Fishing Mythology $2,800
New Bedford High School Drama Club NBHS Drama Club presents The SpongeBob Musical $2,000
New Bedford Museum and Art Center, Inc. On the Road to Creativity at YOUR Library! $2,400
New Bedford Museum and Art Center, Inc. Teen Artist Internship Program $2,000
New Bedford Preservation Society, Inc. Walkways: Exploring the People and Places of Historic New Bedford $1,720
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. Symmetry in Shapes and Sound $2,600
Old Colony Historical Society Passport to History 2023 $160
Old Dartmouth Historical Society Creature Feature $3,800
Old Dartmouth Historical Society IGNITE Youth Art Showcase $2,850
Our Sisters' School, Inc. African Drumming Music Class $2,000
Parisi, Rita Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight $325
Practice Best Practice, Inc. Practice Best Practice Workshops $2,800
Renaissance Community Innovation School Grade 3 Field Trip to Plimoth Patuxet Museum & Mayflower II $700
Renaissance Community Innovation School Field Trip to Round the Bend Farm $880
Renaissance Community Innovation School Grade 5 Field Trip to the Zeiterion Theater $324
Research and Robotics, Inc. Artist and Designer in Residency Program $2,695
Roberge, Mandy H. Henna at the Library $920
Rodden Walker, Katy Community Blooms $3,200
Rosa, Marisol Movement Through Color: Silk Yoga Flow $1,803
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, Inc. Shakespeare in New Bedford 2023 - The Tempest $2,600
Seaglass Theater Company, Inc. The Tragedy of Carmen $750
South Coast Children's Chorus Spreading Joy Through Singing - Cape Verde Connections $2,600
SouthCoast Children's Theatre, Inc. SCCT Presents "The Addams Family Musical" $1,500
Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative Public Art Projects $2,600
The Greater New Bedford Choral Society, Inc. Greater New Bedford Choral Society's 2022-23 Season $1,500
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Photography Thesis Exhibit by Class of 2023 of Umass Dartmouth CVPA $1,200
Vaughan, Laura An Intimate Evening with the Author $1,950
Whaling History Alliance, Inc. 2023 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES $2,600
YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc. YWkids School Age Child Care Program $640
York, Matt Johnny Cash - Songs & Stories $275
Your Theatre, Inc. Summer Show - Henry Martyn Robert $1,500
Your Theatre, Inc. 11th Annual New Bedford JazzFest $2,000
Your Theatre, Inc. Jazz at AHA! $1,625
Your Theatre, Inc. Your Theatre's Actor Workshop Series $500
Youth Opportunities Unlimited Unite with Love: Community, Self, and the Environment $800
Zukas, Karen First Annual Indoor Mural Slam $2,600

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