Grants and Application Form

Grant Opportunities

The New Bedford Day Nursery Fund (NBDNF) is a non-profit organization who encourage, support and fund educational and social opportunities for young citizens in the Greater New Bedford Area. The NBDNF’s mission is to promote, encourage and maintain the highest levels of educational programs for children from all economic backgrounds regarding cultural enrichment projects which will have a positive effect on their mental and physical growth.

The Board of Managers of the New Bedford Day Nursery Fund, Inc. is proud of its achievements over the years and feels that these grants have impacted, in a positive way, organizations that have been recipients of its funding. Our members hope that its founders would be pleased with the assistance that is being rendered to the children of the Greater New Bedford area in their name, and, while the organization is different in form from the original Nursery, it remains true to the spirit and intent.

Examples of Recipients

  • New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks
  • Y.M.C.A
  • Burgo Basketball Association
  • New Bedford Historical Society
  • Community Boating of New Bedford
  • New Bedford Symphony
  • United Front Child Development
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater NB
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Inner City Youth
  • P.A.A.C.A.
  • Southeast Regional Network
  • Sea Lab
  • Dreams Come True
  • Early Learning Children Care, Inc.
  • Y.W.C.A
  • Community Boating of New Bedford
  • Zeiterion Theatre
  • New Bedford Women’s Center
  • P.A.C.E.
  • Kennedy – Donovan Center
  • Southworth Library
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal After School Program
  • Our Sister’s School
  • John Hannigan School
  • North Star Learning
  • Dennison Memorial Community Center
  • Buttonwood Park Zoological Society
  • New Bedford Public Library
  • Grace After School
  • West End Nursery
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc.
  • New Bedford Historical Society
  • Culture *park Theatre
  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
  • Alma Del Mar
  • The Women’s Center
  • Global Learning Charter Jazz Initiative
  • New Bedford Symphony
  • Nativity Prep

Examples of Projects

Projects can take many forms: Summer Youth Sailing Program, after school academic tutoring, field trips to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) activities, accessibility to the arts and New Bedford Youth Court services.

Use of Grant Funds

Grants may be used for purchasing materials, field trips, equipment and/or other costs associated with implementing the project. Grants may not be used for salaries or transportation fees.

Application Process

Our Grant process begins in March with an ad in the Standard-Times. Application must be completed and submitted by May 31, 2019 no exceptions. The Grant proposals are presented to the Full Board at our June meeting. The Board of Manager’s will then review the proposals and vote at our October meeting. Your organization will be notified only if the grant application has been approved. The funding will be forwarded to your organization, in December, after the “GRANT AGREEMENT” form has been completed, signed and returned.

Apply Online

The first step it to complete the online form below. If your grant application is approved (you’ll hear from us), you’ll then need to return to this website in order to download, print and sign the Grant Agreement (link can be found in the right sidebar of this page).

Grant Application (UPDATED)

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.
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  • Section 2 - Proposed Budget (Revenue)





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