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New Bedford Cultural Council

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

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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

A grant list will be published here after January 17, 2023 and once the Local Cultural Council has finalized their decisions.

Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines

Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on November 27, 2022 at 05:30 AM UTC
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