The Community Foundation announces the availability of $102,000 from the Polaroid Fund, together with the Acushnet Foundation and Steere Funds, to support workforce development and family literacy programs. This is the eighth year the Community Foundation has managed the New Bedford Area grant program of the Polaroid Fund, a discretionary fund of the Boston Foundation. Workforce Development funds totalling $76,000 will be awarded to programs that emphasize English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED); $26,000 is available for family literacy programs that integrate early literacy programming for children birth to three years old with ABE/ESOL and parenting courses.
Funding is available for nine months beginning April 1, 2014; Applications are due on March 21. To download the RFP
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The online applications for many Community Foundation Scholarships are now available on the Scholarship Page of this website. For the first time this year, all College Club Scholarships must be applied for online through this website.
CFSEMA's scholarship program, the foundation of our focus on increasing educational attainment and opportunity for our region, has grown tremendously over the past two years. In 2013, CFSEMA awarded about $275,000 in scholarships from 34 funds to graduating high school seniors from 20 cities and towns, as well as current college students. This represents a significant increase from the $170,000 in scholarships awarded in 2010. CFSEMA also manages 75 educational funds, including five local education foundations, 59 scholarship funds, 11 educational funds for individual schools and programs, an early literacy initiative, and an adult education grant program. The Foundation is also host to the New Bedford Education Roundtable.
Congratulations to our President, Craig Dutra, for his selection as the Standard-Times' 2013 Westport Man of the Year. To read the full Standard-Times article
The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website recently launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.
The Community Foundation and the Legal Center for Nonprofits will present "Roles and Responsibilities for Nonprofit Boards," a workshop, from 5:30 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 10 at the Waypoint Event Center in New Bedford. This invaluable session, to be presented by CFSEMA President Craig Dutra and Legal Center President & CEO Linnea Michel, will enhance board members' knowledge of their basic roles & responsibilities. To view the invitation To register
The fabric of downtown New Bedford will be woven together in a colorful tapestry from 5 to 9 pm on March 13 for AHA! Night, New Bedford’s own second Thursday downtown arts and culture night. With the theme “All Sewn Up,” AHA! will celebrate the city’s rich textile history, as well as our current day love affair with the textile medium. For a full schedule of events
- Meet Valerie Bassett, the new Executive Director of the Women's Fund, on the March 13 AHA! Night during a coffee she will host at Tia Maria's Cafe, 42 North Water St., from 6-8 pm. She hopes to meet area residents and leaders, learn about what they do and how it affects women - and also how she can work with the community on Women’s Fund priorities to promote education and economic opportunity for girls and women,
- In other news, AHA! was named by the Complex City Guide as one of the "10 cities that creatives should move to that are not New York City or Los Angeles." AHA has also been awarded a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant to connect neighborhoods with downtown New Bedford's Art Scene. One of only 150 projects to be awarded the grant, AHA! plans to expand awareness of the downtown’s cultural programming, including its monthly second Thursday arts and culture nights, into other city neighborhoods. For a full press release.