Local work force development and early literacy efforts got a boost recently when 12 local organizations were awarded a total of $100,500 in grants from the Polaroid and Acushnet Foundation funds.

The funds are managed by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

“These grants are part of our ongoing strategy to fund programs that are working to increase the region’s historically low levels of educational attainment,” said Craig J. Dutra, president of the Community Foundation, in a statement.

The Polaroid Fund distributes up to $100,000 each year to support work-force development and early literacy programming while the Acushnet Foundation Fund awards up to $12,500 each year for early literacy efforts.

Among the grants awarded this year are:

  • $15,000 to Bristol Community College for a proposal to design and implement an employer-driven program for education.
  • $12,000 to the Community Economic Development Corp. to recruit and train English-for-speakers-of-other-languages (ESOL) tutors.
  • $10,000 to the Immigrants Assistance Center for a project that will offer ESOL classes with citizenship preparation.

Other organizations that received grants include Catholic Social Services, the city of New Bedford’s Community Literacy Project, Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, PAACA, ArtWorks!, the city school system’s Pregnant and Parenting Teens program, and PACE Family Center.

For more on grants and grant writing, visit Grant Pros.


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