Community Impact Grants

Community Impact Grants invest local dollars into our communities by supporting projects that address targeted issues in the areas of health, education, financial stability, and basic needs. We are proud to invest in programs at agencies that support our priorities and address needs in the community,

Health icon Health: To enable residents, families, and communities to get the support they need to maintain or improve their health and well-being

 

 

education icon Education: To give children the opportunity for classroom and life success by improving student outcomes and engaging families in their children’s education

 

 

financial stability iconFinancial Stability: To help break the cycle of poverty by connecting individuals to opportunities that provide a pathway for economic gain

 

 

basic needs iconBasic Needs: To give direct assistance to those in urgent need of basic necessities, such as food, clothing, transportation, toiletries, shelter and safety.

 

 

An all-volunteer Citizens Review Committee reviews all Community Impact Grant proposals. The committee scores proposals, interviews potential grantees, and makes funding recommendations. Organizations receiving grants are accountable for responsible use of the funds, and must file mid-year and final reports measuring their service impact.

Grant Criteria

  • Non-profits and public entities are eligible to apply for funding for one program or service. Only one application per organization, some exceptions may apply.
  • Proposals may come from collaborations and networks as well as stand-alone organizations.
  • Applicants may apply for up to 1 year of funding.
  • If your organization is currently receiving Community Impact grant funding, you are eligible to submit a new application as long as you have completed your mid-year grant report

Non-profits may apply for a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $25,000

 

2021/2022 Funded Partners

Health

Program Name: Caring Network
Award Amount: $20,000

The Caring Network helps children heal from the trauma of witnessing violence in their home, school, neighborhood, and community. The CFS staff provides free psycho-educational groups to children who have witnessed and/or are victims of violence.

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Program Name: New Bedford Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic
Award Amount: $25,000

Health Imperatives believes everyone deserves access to high-quality, confidential, and affordable health care, and we provide compassionate and equitable care to people of all income levels, races, ethnicities, gender identities, countries of origin, and immigration statuses. They offer a range of services from pregnancy prevention and birth control to HIV prevention medication and gender affirming hormone therapy.
 

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Program Name: WRAP House
Award Amount: $15,000

WRAP House is a and Drug/Alcohol Treatment Center located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, offering professional substance abuse and mental health services to people in need.
 

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Program Name: The New Bedford Women’s Program
Award Amount: $15,000

The New Bedford Women’s Residential Rehabilitation Service RRS Program provides 21 beds for women and women with infants with substance use disorders.

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Education

Program Name: After School and Summer Programming
Award Amount: $25,000

The After School and Summer Programming at Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to providing a stimulating and wholesome environment that promotes social, educational, character and physical development for children and young adults ages 7-18 years.
 

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Program Name: Academic Excellence Program
Award Amount: $25,000

The Academic Excellence Program gives children a friendly environment to do homework, build self-esteem while increasing a child's confidence in schoolwork, and technology. The program also allows of for the development of socialization skills. Values learned through these activities will prepare them for a lifetime of achievement.

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Program Name: PACE Head Start
Award Amount: $25,000

PACE Head Start and Early Head Start provides family-centered child development programming for over 264 income-eligible families with children from birth to age 5 living in the Greater New Bedford area.The program is at no cost to families who qualify. Part and full-day center-based services are available Monday through Friday part-year and year-round.

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Program Name: English Literacy Language Program for ELL Students of the Southcoast Community
Award Amount: $15,000

The English Literacy Language Program is designed to improve the English language literacy skills of children who are English Language Learners(ELLs) in the Southcoast community schools.

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Program Name: Summer Learning Enrichment Program
Award Amount: $25,000

This program aims to increase students’ academic success and to reduce the achievement gap by facilitating high-need students’ development of non-cognitive factors: social and emotional learning (SEL) and academic behaviors

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Program Name: YWkids School Age Program
Award Amount: $25,000

YWkids School Age Program is designed to offer educational experiences in a structured environment. The program provides and constructs hands on, theme based activities in subjects such as art, physical education, science, literature and other areas.

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Financial Stability

Program Name: VITA – Free Tax Preparation
Award Amount: $25,000

The CEDC is an IRS affiliated VITA site, providing free electronic tax filing to low and moderate income residents with targeted outreach to working families, micro businesses and seniors who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit or the state Senior Circuit Breaker.

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Program Name: Citizenship and Financial Stability for Immigrants
Award Amount: $25,000

The Immigrants' Assistance Center prepares legal permanent residents in the Greater New Bedford region to become naturalized, economically contributing U.S. citizens.  
 

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Program Name: Blueprint to Financial Literacy
Award Amount: $25,000

YouthBuild New Bedford is part of a larger network, serving approximately 350 million young people globally, ages 16-24. Young people who were unsuccessful in the traditional school system, but need and want to acquire the knowledge, training and opportunities that lead to productive livelihoods. YouthBuild is the vehicle through which these young people can build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to employability, community leadership and positive change.
 

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Basic Needs

Program Name: CAC Healing & Resiliency Program (HARP)
Award Amount: $25,000

HARP was developed in response to a growing need to treat children who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse, witness to domestic violence, or a recent disclosure of physical or sexual abuse.

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Program Name: Capacity Expansion
Award Amount: $25,000

Damien's Place provides nutritious, well balanced food to clients - weekly or bi-weekly - to allow families to enjoy meals together and to ensure residents have the food they need.

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Program Name: Elevate Youth
Award Amount: $25,000

The South Coast LGBTQ+ Network’s Elevate Youth initiative exists to support the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth in the South Coast of Massachusetts. We believe that when young people feel empowered and have an active role in defining their future, they are more likely to reach their full potential and make lasting societal change. We are focused on facilitating connections between LGBTQ+ youth and their peers, improving LGBTQ+ youth outcomes, and addressing LGBTQ+ homelessness issues.
 

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Program Name: Turning Point Day Resource Center
Award Amount: $25,000

Turning Point provides supportive services to individuals and families who are facing various life challenges and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as a result. They provide housing assistance, utility assistance, telephone and/or mailbox assistance, emergency food assistance, infant/toddler supplies, and transportation assistance to clients who prove need in the Greater Wareham Area.

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Contact

For more information, contact Michelle N. Hantman at 508-994-9625 ext. 212 or mhantman@unitedwayofgnb.org.