New Bedford School District

Grants – Overview

NBEF was created in 2010 with the generosity of locally-educated Dr. Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Mrs. Joan Jacobs, who together committed resources to expand learning opportunities for New Bedford Public School students.

NBEF grant funds provide financial support to Educators, the New Bedford School District and regional non-profit organizations that create exceptional and transforming educational opportunities for New Bedford Public School students.

NBEF offers 4 Grant Programs that are detailed below. All grant funding awarded through the Foundation must benefit students in New Bedford Public Schools and must align with the Mission of the New Bedford Education Foundation of furthering educational opportunities in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and/or the disciplines of Arts and World Languages. Eligibility requirements vary from program to program. The Grants & Distributions Committee of the Foundation conducts a comprehensive review process of all submissions.

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CFCF/NBEF STEAM Innovation Grant

NBEF is honored to partner with the Carney Family Charitable Foundation (CFCF) on our CFCF/NBEF STEAM Innovation Grant Program. This exciting new grant program provides expanded support for Educators, including the opportunity for professional development and innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) programming development for year-long STEAM programs.

The CFCF/NBEF STEAM Innovation Grant Program is offered in the spring for the following academic year programs, giving Educators the summer months to plan and develop their programs/projects. This program is offered in partnership with the New Bedford School District, which will provide fiduciary oversight.

Check the top navigation menu to access specifics about each of the grants.


Twice a year, once in the Fall and once in Spring, NBEF awards grants directly to Educators to augment and enhance both classroom and after-school programming that expands learning opportunities in STEAM, the Arts and/or World Languages. These grants are awarded directly to Educators and intended to provide classroom support for innovative ideas. The Foundation seeks creative projects/programs that are readily implemented and impactful. In addition to K-12 public school Educators, NBEF Mini Grants support early education and other learning environments that benefit New Bedford Public School students.

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