United Way of Greater New Bedford will be hosting two information sessions on March 4, for all-volunteer groups interested in applying for a Community Building Mini-Grant.

United Way’s Mini-Grants program empowers all-volunteer groups with budgets of $40,000 or less to apply for funding to implement small-scale, impactful projects in the Greater New Bedford area (Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, or Wareham). Potential projects must reflect the goals of United Way in the areas of health, education, financial stability, or basic needs. Groups can apply for up to $2,500 to implement a project that builds community and addresses a need or issue of concern.

Interested groups are encouraged to attend one of two information sessions to learn more about the Mini-Grants Program and application process. Information sessions will be held on Wednesday, March 4 from 10 to 11 am or 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the New Bedford Free Public Library located at 613 Pleasant St. 3rd Floor, New Bedford. Registration is required for the sessions, please call 508-994-9625 ext. 219 or email liveunited@unitedwayofgnb.org.

“This is an opportunity for everyday citizens to engage in projects that benefit not only their immediate community such as a neighborhood or school but also the broader community. This program is the only one of its kind, and it shows that change can be made on any scale.” - Anne Nichelson, VP of Community Impact

Applications will be accepted beginning March 4 until April 8 at noon. More information on the Mini-Grants Program and the application can be found at unitedwayofgnb.org.

In 2019, nineteen all-volunteer groups made an impact throughout Greater New Bedford with projects funded by United Way’s Mini-Grant Program. Since its inception in 1995, the Mini-Grants Program has granted $820,314 for local community projects. Be a change agent in Greater New Bedford, visit unitedwayofgnb.org to learn more about the Mini-Grants Program.

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