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.


To be eligible for Mini-Grant funding, groups/organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be all-volunteer groups with an established membership
  • Have an annual budget/income must not exceed $40,000
  • Projects must be specific, small in scale, have a realistic plan and build our local community
  • Group must be based in New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown,  Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, or Wareham
  • Legal incorporation 501©(3) is NOT required


  • All applicants, including past Mini-Grantees, are encouraged to attend an Orientation Workshop
  • Projects may be funded up to $2,500
  • Application deadline is in April of each year
  • Orientation Workshops are held in March
  • Projects must be completed within one (1) year of the grant award
  • A progress report must be submitted at project completion

For more information about the Community Building Mini-Grants Program, please contact Rhonda Silvia at 508-994-9625, ext. 213 or rsilvia@unitedwayofgnb.org

Applications for 2018 are now being accepted at unitedwayofgnb.communityforce.com

Mini-Grant Resources:

Reimbursement forms MUST be submitted through the CommunityForce portal at unitedwayofgnb.communityforce.com


2017 Mini-Grant Program Recipients

Organization Name Program Name  Award
After Prom Committee After Prom Committee, GNB Voc Tec $250
ButtonwoodParkAreaNeighborhood Association Smile with Blooms-Phase Two $700
Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford Cabo Verde Youth Cultural Day $1,000
Cape Verdean Recognition Parade Commitee The 45th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade $650
Cassandra Cares Cassandra Cares- A Butterfly Release $777
Civic Support Civic Support Marketing Bootcamp $1,000
Cove Street Neighborhood Association Cove Street Neighborhood Association Fun Day $1,072
Dartmouth Green Up Day Dartmouth Green Up Day 2018 $1,500
Diapers ‘n things Diapers’n things $2,500
Doodles Creative Sessions International Children’s Day Celebration – Play Day! $250
Fairhaven Lions Club Dinner with the Visually Impaired $600
Fairhaven Outdoor Movie Night Fairhaven Outdoor Movie Night $250
Fairhaven Village Militia Cooking Techniques of the 1700’s $250
Friends Group The Friends Group $1,700
Friends of DAV Friends of DAV $2,500
Friends of Onsets Budding Artists Friends of Onsets Budding Artists $1,000
Friends of the Acushnet Public Library Building Stronger Youth at the Acushnet Public Library $1,576
Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries Building a Better World-Summer Reading Program $1,000
GNB Music Club GNB Music Club $1,600
Grace Episcopal Church Community Breakfast Community Breakfast $780
Jireh Swift PTO Ready, Set, Go! Welcome Back to school kits $1,500
Miss Inspirational Program Miss Inspirational Program $600
Moms Club of Fairhaven Backpacks of Love $1,400
New Bedford Homeless Advocates Inc. Clothing for the Homeless $500
Our Sisters’ School Our Sisters’ School Meteorologists of the Future $807
S.E.C.R Peoples Percussion $2,500
Serenity Garden Build a stronger foundation $500
South Coast Bikeway Alliance Light Brigade of MassBike and South Coast Bikeway Alliance (SCBA) $500
Stomp Out Bullying Project Stomp Out Bullying Program $250
TDA Adventure-based Counseling $1,982
Trinity Tradesmen Project Fix It $653
Underground Art HeART in the Park $650
We Care Kits We Care Kits $1,203
Total: $34,000