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

2019 Mini-Grant Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Community Building Mini-Grant Program is now accepting applications. Please click here to read the RFP. All applications must be submitted electronically – click here to access the application. Applications are due April 12, 2019, 11:59 pm.

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

2018 Mini-Grant Program Recipients

Group Name Program Name Award
Advocates for Wareham Seniors, Inc. Cape Cod Canal Cruise for Senior Citizens $350
Campbell Elementary School Playground Project Campbell School Playground Project $2,150
Cape Verdean Recognition Parade Commitee The 46th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade $675
Cove Street Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Christmas Tree Lighting $1,000
Dartmouth Dog Advisory Work Group Community Information Kiosk/Security Project $1,650
Fairhaven Outdoor Movie Night Fairhaven Outdoor Family Movie Night $650
Fil-Am Community, Inc. Barrio Fiesta $1,500
Friends of D.A.V., Chapter 7 DAV Chair Lift $2,500
Friends of Independence Academy The Bridge Educational Project $1,500
Friends of Onset Street Painting Festival Onset Street Painting Festival $1,000
Friends of Onset?s Budding Artists Friends of Onsets Budding Artists $2,000
Friends Of The Acushnet Public Library Acushnet Library Rocks! $1,000
Haskell Public Garden Volunteers House of Glass $1,500
Hatch Street Studios Hatch Street Monthly Open Studios $660
Hayden-McFadden School P.T.O. Growing Green $1,000
Helfand Farm Community Gardens Community Garden Equipment and Access Enhancement $1,725
Jireh Swift School P.T.O. Ready, Set, Go! Welcome Back to School Kits? $500
LIFE FUNdamentals Missions + Visions Crew $1,000
Max Warburg Courage Curriculum-New Bedford MAX Warburg Courage Curriculum New Bedford $2,250
New Bedford Homeless Advocates Sock, Underwear, Tshirt, Toiletries, Clothing, and Tents Progam $500
Read To Me Wareham Read To Me Wareham Site $1,000
Serenity Garden Dirty Hands Look Marvelous $2,387
Teen Advisory Board-Lawler Teen Room Teen Advisory Board Events $1,000
The Collective NB 24 Hour Theater Project, September 15, 2018 $500
Total Mini-Grant Funding? $29,997