The SouthCoast Community Foundation Announces 2021 Polaroid Grantees

Apr 2, 2021

Award total of $97,000 will support New Bedford workforce development and literacy programming.


NEW BEDFORD, MA – The SouthCoast Community Foundation announced today $97,000 in grants from the Polaroid Fund to nine local nonprofits that seek to enhance the skills and education of the New Bedford workforce. The award recipients include The Arc of Bristol County, Community Economic Development Center of SE MA, Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts, Inc., Marion Institute, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, Portuguese United for Education d/b/a/ Discovery Language Academy, School on Wheels, United Interfaith Action of SE Massachusetts, and YWCA of Southeastern MA.

“Supporting nonprofits that are helping New Bedford’s newest community members build the skills necessary to attain their educational and employment goals is an honor,” said SouthCoast Community Foundation President John Vasconcellos. “Every year, we are inspired by the tenacity and passion of all involved, whether it be the dedicated instructors or residents committed to a better future.”

The grantee awards and their programs include:

For more than a decade, the SouthCoast Community Foundation has managed the New Bedford based grant program of the Polaroid Fund. The SouthCoast Community Foundation is a public charity serving thousands of people throughout Southeastern Massachusetts who share a common goal of improving the quality of life through philanthropy.  Since 1995, the Community Foundation has distributed over $50 million from approximately 200 funds to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in the region. For more information, visit

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