Do you have an idea for a project that will benefit your neighborhood, school or community? For the 24th year, United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Community Building Mini-Grants Program is offering grants of up to $2,500 to support all-volunteer groups looking to build a stronger community.

Groups with budgets of $40,000 or less located in Greater New Bedford (Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, or Wareham) are eligible to apply. Potential projects must be in one of United Way’s impact areas of health, education, financial stability, or basic needs.

Volunteer groups are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the Mini-Grants Program and application process. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 5th  from 10 - 11:30 am or 5 - 6:30 pm at the New Bedford Free Public Library located at 613 Pleasant St. Third Floor, New Bedford. Registration is required for the sessions, please call 508-994-9625 ext. 219 or email

“The Mini-Grants program empowers community members to join together to make an impact in an area where they see a need. We also hope it inspires others to do the same,” said Michelle N. Hantman President & CEO.

Applications will be available HERE March 5 and will only be accepted electronically. Grants must be submitted by April 12, 2019.

In 2018, twenty-four 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 $795,314 for local community projects. Be a change agent in Greater New Bedford, click HERE to learn more about the Mini-Grants Program.

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