Do you have an idea for a project that will improve your neighborhood, school or community? For the 23rd 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.

Volunteer  groups are encouraged to attend an orientation session to learn more about the Mini-Grants Program and application process. Orientation sessions will be held on Tuesday March 6th  from 10 am – 11:30 am or 5 – 6:30pm at the New Bedford Free Public Library located at 613 Pleasant St. 3rd Floor, New Bedford.

“We are always amazed with the ideas community groups develop,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO of United Way. “With each Mini-Grant cycle, we are reminded that no matter what age or walk of life residents come from, by joining together, change can happen one project at a time. We are excited to see what this coming year has in store.”

Registration is required for the sessions. To register for an orientation session please call 508-994-9625 ext. 219 or email liveunited@unitedwayofgnb.org.

Applications will be available March 6st at unitedwayofgnb.communityforce.com and will only be accepted electronically. Grants must be submitted by April 13, 2018.

In 2017, 33 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 $765,319 for local community projects. These projects range from garden projects and healthier living programs to outreach campaigns and family engagement opportunities. Be the change in Greater New Bedford, visit unitedwayofgnb.org to learn more about the Mini-Grants Program.