Summer Grant Program


Summer offers a critical opportunity to close the achievement gap and mitigate the learning loss associated with a lack of access to enrichment programs. With that in mind, the New Bedford Education Foundation (NBEF) is accepting proposals from nonprofit community organizations for summer programs that serve public school students from New Bedford.

NBEF helps New Bedford Public Schools’ students fulfill their potential and enrich their educational experience in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and World Languages. NBEF commits to enhancing each student’s capacity to realize success and fulfillment in the schools and in the community. NBEF supports excellence in New Bedford Public Schools’ programs by providing resources that help make academic and extra-curricular experiences exceptional and transforming.

Proposal Requirements
NBEF seeks to engage many students in innovative, interactive, inter-disciplinary learning programs that provide experiential learning opportunities to New Bedford Public Schools’ students during the summer of 2018. Eligible applicants must demonstrate the degree to which their programs provide learning opportunities, engage city students meaningfully, and track progress toward their goals. Programs representing collaborations between multiple organizations are strongly encouraged. Previously funded applicants are welcome to apply, especially if proposals represent a scaling-up of programs or reach.

To apply, please complete the application online. You will also need to provide a copy of the letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service confirming the 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status of your organization.

Upon completion of your program, an END OF INITIATIVE report must be completed and filed online.  Compliance is necessary to create funding eligibility.

Proposal Timeline

Applications are accepted online after February 27, 2018
Application Deadline is midnight March 31, 2018
End of Initiative report (see below) must be filed online by September 28, 2018
You may submit your application online using the form below, or email your application to
Please contact with questions.
Online Application

  • Program Information

  • What group of students will be served by this program, i.e. Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School, English Language Learners, students with disabilities, Low-Income students, Students receiving special education services (Please list all that apply)
  • How many students from New Bedford Public Schools would be served
  • How many hours will each student receive during the total program
  • If you are partnering with another organization, please state what services will be provided
  • What is your goal regarding change in the participants or the community?
  • What challenges could inhibit the ability of this program to achieve those goals

  • Budget / Financial

  • State prior grants (amount and dates) received from New Bedford Education Foundation
  • Percentage of program budget this grant would cover
  • Other grants received for this program (state amount received and donor)
  • Cite program expenses, including staff, equipment and supplies, transportation and other

End of Initiative Report