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
  • Projects must be in the areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability, or Basic Needs
  • 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 Information Session
  • Projects may be funded up to $2,500
  • Application deadline is in April
  • Information Sessions 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

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


2019 Mini-Grant Program Recipients

Group Name Program Name Award
Afternoon Chess Club After School Afternoon Chess Club $460
Ashley School PATHS Group On Your Mark…Get Set…Read $2,500
Diapers ‘n Things Diapers ‘n Things $2,500
Dog Park Association of Wareham Awareness, commitment & support to build a dog park in Wareham $600
Fairhaven BMX Pump Track Fairhaven BMX Pump Track $1,250
Friends of DAV Friends of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) $2,000
Friends of Onset Street Painting Festival Onset Street Painting Festival $735
Friends of Rochester COA Rochester 340 $800
Friends of Sister Rose Shelter The Garden at Sister Rose Shelter $500
Friends of the Acushnet Public Library Growing Green $1,500
Hayden McFadden School Friends of Onsets Budding Artists $2,000
NB Wheelchair Success NB Wheelchair Success $500
New Bedford Immigration Support Network New Bedford Immigrant Transportation Support Network $2,500
PRIDE Committee Pride Friends of AHA! $375
Read To Me Wareham Read To Me Wareham $1,280
Rochester Affordable Housing Rochester Affordable Housing, Inc. $1,000
Saint Patrick’s Table Seats at the Table: Feeding the Underserved $2,000
William Street Neighborhood Festival Upper William Street Festival $2,000
Your Feng Shui Guru Wareham High School Students’ Emotional Wellness Project $2,200
Total Mini-Grant Funding $25,000