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Community Building Mini-Grants Program

Grants to Greater New Bedford, Massachusetts Volunteer
Groups for Projects that Benefit Local Residents

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United Way of Greater New Bedford

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Grants of up to $2,500 and in-kind support to Greater New Bedford, Massachusetts all-volunteer groups and organizations for community projects that will bring residents together and have a positive impact on the community. Applicants must attend a workshop on March 6, 2018.

Groups must be based in New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, and Wareham.

United Way’s Community Building Mini-Grants Program is the only local resource to promote civic involvement and bring about positive change at the grassroots all-volunteer level. The Program provides financial and technical support to all-volunteer groups working to strengthen the community through projects that address locally identified concerns or issues. Through workshops and networking opportunities, grant recipients learn new skills, collaborate, and leverage resources.

Past projects include: neighborhood events, senior and youth activities, public safety, environmental programs, performing arts performances, historical reenactments, advocacy programs, and community gardens.

Projects must be specific, small in scale, have a realistic plan and build the local community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179137

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects may be funded up to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one (1) year of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Mini-Grant funding, groups/organizations:
- Must be all-volunteer groups with an established membership.
- Must have an annual/operational budget of 40,000 or less.

Group must be based in New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, or Wareham

Legal incorporation 501(c)(3) is not required.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants, including past Mini-Grantees, are required to attend an Orientation Workshop. Orientation Workshops are held Tuesday, March 6th from 10 am - 11:30 am or 5 pm - 6:30 PM. Orientations will be held at the New Bedford Free Public Library.

613 Pleasant St., 3rd Floor
New Bedford, MA 02740

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session to learn about Mini-Grants and the online application process.

Registration for all orientations is required. RSVP with Rhonda Silvia.

Pre-Application Information:

The application will be available beginning March 6, 2018.

All applications must be submitted online no later than April 13th.

For more information about the Community Building Mini-Grants Program, please contact Rhonda Silvia.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Rhonda Silvia
508-994-9625, ext. 213

To RSVP for the orientation, call 508-294-9625 ext. 219

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Greater New Bedford: New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, and Wareham.