Other News

  • 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 newly formed SouthCoast LGBTQ Network,a project of the Community Foundation, will host its inaugural event, Looking Back, Moving Forward: Celebrating a Decade of Marriage Equality, from 4 to 7 pm on May 31 at the Waypoint Event Center on New Bedford's historic waterfront. The event has two goals: to celebrate ten years of marriage equality in Massachusetts and to highlight the growing needs of LGBTQ elders and youth in our area. Read the full press release for more about the Network and ticket/event information.

  • 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.