Current Requests for Proposals

Current Grant Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to make grants that support a variety of programs across sectors and in response to pressing community needs. Each of our granting programs has its own set of guidelines. Explore our current grant opportunities and apply today!

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Currently Open:

Creative Commonwealth Cultural Expression Grant

Grant Criteria

Letters of Interests will be scored on the criteria below. Priority is given to applications that best address the following:

Impact- What is the intended impact on your target audience? Will your project affect beyond that community?

Collaboration- We encourage programs that involve different partners, including artists, arts and culture organizations, neighborhood groups, city departments, businesses, etc.

Artistic Excellence- Quality, originality, innovation, creativity, and culturally relevant programs and projects. Organizers demonstrate understanding of the needs of their audience(s).

Community Engagement- Is the community engaged in the process of the creation of the program or project, not just the final product?

Grant Requirements 

Must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Organizations and individual artists may collaborate with groups, however the applicant listed must have 501 (c)(3) status.

Applicants must demonstrate history of serving and being led by culturally and ethnically diverse and/or youth populations and value inclusivity and equity.

Project must serve and/or take place in Fall River or New Bedford.

Align with our vision for the Creative Commonwealth:

  • Increase access and artistic expression in New Bedford and Fall River, with a focus on underserved, youth, culturally diverse, and immigrant populations.
  • Improve collaboration and build capacity in our collective creative community using a model that can be replicated throughout the region
  • Youth and culturally diverse communities are better supported and engaged, and their artistic expressions are more visible and respected.
  • Support and audiences for culturally-specific and emerging arts and cultural organizations increases.

Due Monday, February 24, 2020

Easton Legacy Fund

The Easton Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is now accepting applications. A total of $3,000.00 will be awarded to one or more local nonprofit organization(s).

The Easton Legacy fund was established to support the projects of not-for-profit organizations whose initiatives add to the quality of life within Easton or enhance the image of the Town. Priority will be given to projects that support the arts, culture, recreation, and local history. 

Eligibility and Guidelines:
• Applicant organizations must directly serve the Easton, MA community
• Applicants must have a 501(c)3 status
• Eligible organizations may request up to $3,000.00
• Applications will be vetted and reviewed by the Community Foundation and the Easton Legacy Fund Advisors: Bill Ames, David Ames, Carolyn Cole, Doug Errico, Ken Michel, Dan Murphy, John Varella, Kevin Williams.

Due Friday, March 13, 2020

Huidekoper Fund

 Up to $4,400.00 will be awarded to local organizations seeking funding for programs focused on athletic activity and fitness for youth.

Eligibility and Guidelines:
• Applicant organizations must directly serve youth (age 18 and younger) in Southeastern Massachusetts
• Open to schools and non-profits. Eligibility not limited to organized sports/teams. Fitness programs and recreational programs that focus on physical activity among youth are welcome to apply.
• Funding allowed for general programming costs or equipment.
• No awards will be made to individuals.
• $4,000.00 maximum request per organization.
• Awards announced in April; funding period April through December 2020.

Due Friday, February 28, 2020

Polaroid Fund

For more than a decade, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts has managed the New Bedford area grant program of the Polaroid Fund, a discretionary fund of the Boston Foundation - supporting workforce development and literacy programming in New Bedford. Grants from the Polaroid Fund are made to help the New Bedford community's most vulnerable residents build the skills necessary to attain their educational and employment goals, including ESOL, ABE and GED programs, as well as family literacy and early literacy programs.Programs will be funded for a period of 9 months to support activities and expenses from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Organizations can request up to $15,000.

Proposals will be considered from organizations seeking to:
• Mitigate barriers to learning such as cultural and language differences, transportation and childcare issues, and fragmentation of available services.
• Advocate for public policy changes that increase provider capacity, create employer incentives to offer workplace literacy programs, and increases state and local funding.
• Advocate for greater private and employer investment in worker education.
• Support programs integrating early literacy programming for children birth to three years old with ABE/ESOL and parenting courses.
• Protect the cultural context and bonds of a community by preserving and supporting neighborhood based programs providing access to literacy and ABE/ESOL classes.
• Address gaps in programming and provider services. Encourage programming for all stages of adult learning, from adult basic education to preparation for successful enrollment in post-secondary education and training.
• Support capacity building of programs that meet one or more of the objectives listed above.

Due Friday, February 28, 2020