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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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FY24 Allocation


FY24 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 (ie: workshops). These include but are not limited to the subjects of nature, science, and the environment.
3. Projects with a focus on inclusivity, diversity, or local history.
4. Projects offering outdoor concerts and festivals, public art and performances, and gallery/museum exhibits.
5. Projects that provide opportunities and offer support to individual, emerging or established visual, literary, and performing artists and filmmakers.

FY24 Local Guidelines


1. The NBCC will only accept applications submitted online. No paper applications will be accepted.
2. This is a direct grant program. Award money will be available to you ahead of your project, under the guidelines outlined in your award letter.
3. Grant requests must be between $250-$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. Applications from applicants must be capped at $12,000 per grant cycle (ie: you many apply for 3 grants of $4,000 or 6 grants for $2000, etc.)
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

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
3rd Eye Youth Empowerment, Inc. 3rd Eye Open $3,060
AHA! New Bedford AHA! Seaport Sessions $3,600
AWEgmented Inc. Digital Abolition Row Park $3,060
Andrews, David Wampanoag Social $2,600
Anello, Andrew New Moon Projects: BodyBodyBody, Riverside Beats, and New Moon Roller Disco $3,060
Angeley, Jeffrey "Find Your Voice" Teen and preteen open mic series $918
Angeley, Jeffrey Old Time Fiddle Session and Community Gathering $918
Angeley, Jeffrey “Balance and Swing” reclaiming the physical language of community through dance $2,295
Arakelian, Garine Colorful Clay Relief Tile $455
Ashley, Sarah Identity Unveiled $3,600
Baptista, Candida Rose KabuMerikanus - The Sum of US: Exploring the Cabo Verde/United States Musical Connection and Legacy $1,000
Bean, Cara Doodle + Tranquility Workshop $455
Bishop, Scott Unexpected Music $3,060
Botelho, Alyssa Sweet Freedom $3,060
Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society, Inc. Old Fashioned Brass Band Concert $338
Cannizzaro, Peter Gollywobbles Circus Show $413
Co-Creative Center, Inc. Co-Creative Sessions Season 4 $3,600
Coastal Foodshed, Inc. Showcasing Local Musicians & Local Food $3,600
Community Boating Center, Inc. Rising Waters at CBC $950
Connolly-Masson, Margaret Literacy and Creativity in the City $2,998
Downtown New Bedford, Inc. 2024 Holiday Stroll $3,060
Dream Out Loud Center, Inc. The Student Showcase $2,600
Easton Children's Museum, Inc. Fossil Discoveries $268
Enloe, Stephanie Trash to Treasure - Free Art Workshops at NB Library $2,000
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Madeiran Musical Traditions Alive!-Puppetry & Stories of My People $1,760
Evans, Midori Artists Share! $2,000
Evans, Midori Writing and Uncertainty $2,000
Fazio, Rhonda M Seafood at Sunset $975
Frangiadis, Anthi Johnny Cake Hill: Music, Art & Culture $3,060
Gallery X, Inc. Gallery X Unplugged $2,295
Hamelin, Richard L. Clay Gnome $367
John B. Devalles School Zeiterion - Our Revolution $250
Keith, Michelle New Bedford Clean Ups - Antitrash Awareness $1,148
Kennedy-Donovan Center, Inc. Recreational Activities for Day Habilitation Participants $1,878
Knutsen, Katherine Free Figure Drawing $2,496
Knutsen, Katherine The Siren $2,000
MCLEAN, MICHAEL Stove Boat Concert Series $3,060
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic -- The Musical $444
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! -- a dance series $325
Martell, Scott Magic and Illusion Workshop $455
Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute, Inc. Transform 2024: Designing, Upcycling, and Making Public Art with Local Youth $3,060
Nelson, Alanna Sippizine $383
New Bedford Ballet Foundation, Inc. Building Healthy Communities Through Dance $2,700
New Bedford Ballet Foundation, Inc. Hansel & Gretel, Opera Meets Ballet $383
New Bedford Economic Development Council, Inc. Seaport Art Walk $3,600
New Bedford Economic Development Council, Inc. ArtWeek SouthCoast $574
New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc. New Bedford Festival Theatre Summer Academy $3,600
New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc. NBFT & NBSO present Broadway on the Lawn $3,600
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. Spotters, Strikers, and Swordfish $3,060
New Bedford High School Drama Club NBHS Drama Club presents A Musical Theatre Revue & SIX: Teen Edition $3,060
New Bedford Historical Society, Inc. The Makanda Project/Jazz and the Music of Langston Hughes $3,060
New Bedford Museum and Art Center, Inc. Friyay $3,060
New Bedford Museum and Art Center, Inc. Movie Nights with Mocha $2,600
New Bedford Museum and Art Center, Inc. Twirl & Whirl $3,060
New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches Filming of Indigenous Cultural Fair $2,600
New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches Boston Museum of Science Field Trip-Full STEAM ahead $3,060
New Bedford Roots and Branches Festival New Bedford Roots and Branches Festival $3,420
Old Colony Historical Society Passport to History 2024 $325
Old Dartmouth Historical Society Whales Today, Squid Dissections, and History on the Hill Programs $2,295
Old Dartmouth Historical Society NBWM vacation week programs $3,060
Our Sisters' School, Inc. Zeiterion Performance & Transportation $2,310
Practice Best Practice, Inc. Practice Best Practice Workshops $3,150
ROTH, Julia The Soul Expressions Project $3,060
Roberge, Mandy H. Henna at the Library $598
Rodden Walker, Katy Community Blooms $3,600
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, Inc. Shakespeare in New Bedford 2024 - Twelfth Night $1,989
Round The Bend Farm, Inc. Powwow 2024 $2,000
Song Keepers, LTD The Thump & Soul Sessions $2,000
South Coast Almanac, LLC Transcendentalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson & New Bedford $727
South Coast Almanac, LLC Mapping Acushnet Avenue to Begin a Career: John Bullard's Hometown $650
South Coast Children's Chorus Songs of the Sea $3,060
SouthCoast Children's Theatre, Inc. SCCT Presents "Finding Nemo Jr" $1,000
Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative Celebrating Differences $3,060
Spinner Publications, Inc. The Goat Lady of Lucy Little Road $2,000
The Greater New Bedford Choral Society, Inc. Greater New Bedford Choral Society's 2023-24 Season $1,500
The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, Inc. Terrapin Head Start for the Classroom $693
Thomas, Patricia Culture*Park Playwriting Lab $995
Wells, Alison Art & Music $1,430
Whaling History Alliance, Inc. 2024 WHA Summer Concert Series $3,060
Winning, Nicole Mindfulness and Art $2,000
YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc. YWkids How to See Program $765
York, Matt Matt York - Songs & Stories: Willie Nelson $250
Your Theatre, Inc. 12th Annual New Bedford JazzFest $2,000
Your Theatre, Inc. Jazz at AHA! $1,300
Your Theatre, Inc. Playwright Original Works Service (POWS) $1,885
Your Theatre, Inc. Your Theatre Improvisation Class and Performance Series $700
Youth Opportunities Unlimited Everybody Moves to their Own Beat: Music, Movement, and Nature $765
Zeiterion Theatre, Inc. The Z’s 2023/2024 Season Free Arts and Culture Programming: Jazz Jam Sessions, Mobile Creative Classroom, an HBCU College Fair, a Battle of the Bands, and a 1920s Fashion Show $3,060
the Wizard, Ed Alchemy Laboratory $344
vaughan, laura The New Bedford Blubber: Writers' Workshops $3,060

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