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 goal of the Mini-Grants Program is to encourage volunteerism and creative thinking as a viable way to strengthen all aspects of our community.  The program encourages community building by supporting citizens to come together, form and build relationships, and address a need or issue of concern. Groups must align their project proposals with a United Way impact area: Health, Education, Financial Stability, or Basic Needs.

Grants are awarded up to $2,500 to provide local volunteer groups get small-scale community projects off the ground. Groups also gain access to equipment and supplies through a resource library which helps keep their costs down.  And the program offers networking opportunities that enable groups to find other like-minded individuals to collaborate with so they can make an even bigger impact in the community.



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 Anne Nichelson at 508-994-9625, ext. 215 or anichelson@unitedwayofgnb.org

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


2019 Mini-Grant Program Recipients

Organization Program Name 2019 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 the 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 A Universe of Stories Celebrated at the Acushnet Public Library $800
Hayden McFadden School Growing Green $1,500
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 $1,500
Your Feng Shui Guru Wareham High School Students’ Emotional Wellness Project $2,200
Total Funding $25,000