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 Projects

Projects can take many forms: Summer Youth Sailing, after school academic tutoring, field trips, STEAM activities

2021 Grant Recipients

Boys & Girls Club Of Greater New Bedford – Scholarships
Friends Of Buttonwood Park – Arboretum Informational Tree Tagging
Community Boating Center – Summer Youth Sailing Campership
Culture Park Theatre – Our Stories Unbound
Dennison Memorial Community Center – Tutorial/homework Program
Dream Out Loud Center, Inc – The Creative Careers Program
Lloyd Center For The Environment – Summer Youth Programs
New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks – Arts & Cultural Programs
New Bedford Free Public Library – Summer Reading Program
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center – Something Fishy Summer Camp
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra – Learning In Concert Educational Program
North Star Learning Centers – New Early Childhood Educational Center
Our Sister’s School – Enrichment Clubs
Sea Lab-new Bedford Public School – Sea Lab Technology Project
Sunshine’s Place, Inc – Outdoor Energy Playspace
Youth Opportunities Unlimited – Osprey Observation & Monitoring Program
West End Day Nursery/ Nb Inc. – Field Trips To Enhance Stem Activities
Ywca Southeastern Ma – Yw-kids School Age Program
Zeiterion Theatre – Need-Based Scholarship Programs

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. The application must be completed and submitted on the last day of May no exceptions. The Grant proposals are presented to the Full Board at our June meeting. The Board of Managers 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 is to complete the online form below. If your grant application is approved (you’ll hear from us), you then need to download, fill in the information, print and sign the GRANT AGREEMENT. The link can be found on the right sidebar. You must submit an” End of Project Report” one month after the completion of your project.

Grant Application (Updated 03/12/2021)

This application is for 2022 Grants.
  • Section 1 - Application Information

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  • Section 2 - Proposed Budget (Revenue)





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