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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

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
AHA! New Bedford PRIDE, June 14th AHA! Night $3,800
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
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Balloon Animal Twisting workshop $292
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
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
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
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
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
Roberge, Mandy H. Henna at the Library $920
Rodden Walker, Katy Community Blooms $3,200
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, Inc. Shakespeare in New Bedford 2023 - The Tempest $2,600
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
The Greater New Bedford Choral Society, Inc. Greater New Bedford Choral Society's 2022-23 Season $1,500
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
Youth Opportunities Unlimited Unite with Love: Community, Self, and the Environment $800

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