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.
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New Bedford, MA 02740-6113
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FY22 Local Priorities
The Council will only accept applications from the online website. NO PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Also note: Due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty of having large indoor and outdoor gatherings, we are insisting that grant applicants submit two action plans for their events. Plan A should be your event the way you foresee presenting it to the public without the presence of COVID-19. Plan B should be how your event will be presented within the presence of the pandemic (COVID-19) and the fact that the public is wary of large crowds (outdoor or indoor) and enclosed spaces. If the event you have in mind cannot accommodate pandemic restrictions, please wait until the following year to apply.
The New Bedford Cultural Council will give priority to grants that have a measurable impact on the New Bedford community through the following :
- Applications for outdoor performances such as theatre, concerts, storytelling, and public art
- Applications that support arts education in the schools (i.e. Field Trips)
- Applications that provide low-cost or free cultural events for the New Bedford community
- Applications that support individual artists
- Applications that support programming for an inclusive audience of marginalized and under-served populations
- The event must either take place in New Bedford or directly benefit the citizens of New Bedford.
Grant requests may not exceed $4,000 per application. No grants are completely funded. Only partially. Therefore, grant applicants should look to other sources if needed.
REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS TO BE UPLOADED:
1. Letter of Confirmation from the venue your project/event will take place.
2. SALARIES: Letter of explanation of salaries and names of salaried individuals. NOTE: if you are a salaried employee of the organization you are not eligible to take a salary from your grant.
CREDITING LCC GRANTS
The MCC and the LCC must be credited by using the MCC’s credit logo and credit line. We encourage grant recipients to use both the MCC logo and the credit statement, but you are only required to use one. Please check your local cultural council’s web page in case it has its own local credit requirements.
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 (name of local cultural council), a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”
FOR SCHOOLS THAT ARE APPLYING
What Types of Field Trips Will Be Funded?
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. However, keep in mind that if field trips cannot take place within the safety guidelines of the pandemic, then they will not be accepted.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Schools organizing the field trip are eligible to apply,
as well as cultural organizations hosting the field trips.
What is the Maximum Amount My School Can Receive?
This year there is no set maximum on the amount that a given school can receive;
however, the amount that we will be able to give to each school will depend
on the amount of overall requests and the amount of money we receive.
How Do I Submit My Grant Application?
Follow the instructions online at Online Application for LCCs.
PLEASE INSERT THE NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL IN THE “APPLICANT” FIELD AND YOUR CONTACT NAME IN THE “CONTACT NAME” FIELD BELOW.
FY22 Local Guidelines
The New Bedford Cultural Council (hereafter referred to as NBCC) grant process is governed by requirements and regulations established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, failure to comply may jeopardize a grant application. Each year the NBCC adjusts its Guidelines and criteria based on input from the Community Input Survey.
1. The project must benefit New Bedford citizens and must take place in New Bedford.
2. Maximum standard grant request allowed is $4,000.00 per organization or individual.
3. The qualifications of the individual or organization and the quality of the work are considered by the NBCC.
4. NBCC funding may not be used as the sole means of support for projects. The NBCC looks more favorably on applicants who pursue other funding sources to support their projects.
5. Local council funds may only be 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.
6. If the budget includes salaries or stipends, attach a detailed breakdown of the allocation of funds for salaries on a separate page.
7. Previously funded projects are strongly encouraged to add a new element to the project plan on a separate page.
8. 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.
9. Project Locations (i.e. performance venue/gallery space) and dates must be secured in advance of application and applicants include a commitment letter from the venue.
ABOVE CRITERIA NOT FOLLOWED MAY CAUSE YOUR GRANT TO BE DISQUALIFIED.
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.
Funds will be expended within 12 months of award notification.
Food, lodging, and fund-raising are not funded by NBCC.
Any changes in location or date must be approved in writing by the NBCC.
Receipts are required for reimbursement.
FIELD TRIP REVIEW CRITERIA
FIELD TRIPS ARE FOR K-12 ONLY – ALL OTHERS MUST USE STANDARD GRANT APPLICATION
1. Based on the Community Input Survey, the NBCC will give priority to those field trip applications that offer learning opportunities that directly connect to existing school curriculum. .
2. Schools are eligible based on population in the ranges posted below:
- Under 150 students = max $500
- 151-250 = max $1,000
- 251- 400 = max $1,250
- 401- 750 = max $1,500
- 751- 1,000= max $1,650
- 1,001 – 1,250 =max $1,800
- 1,251-1,500 = max $2,000
- 1,501-2,000 = max $2,250
- 2,001+ = max 2,500<
2. In one paragraph, please describe how this trip/program directly connects or relates to classroom learning. and what previous learning and follow-up will occur to deepen this experience?
3. In the event that more than one class plans to attend one and the same event on the same date and time, the school may submit one application on the behalf of those classes, provided that the total budget does not exceed the maximum grant
4. Funds CAN used for programs that take place in school during school hours.
5. Tickets for events must be purchased in advance by the applicant, who is later reimbursed by the local cultural council. Please remember to include invoices when submitting for reimbursement.
6. If a large number of applications are submitted in a given cycle, schools and organizations submitting multiple applications must prioritize their requests
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines