United Way of Greater New Bedford?s Community Impact Grants are how we invest local dollars into our communities to address targeted issues in our impact areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability, and Basic Needs. Our grants go to high performing nonprofit organizations that provide high quality programs and services vetted by a Citizens Review Committee.

Organizations that apply for funding must be aligned with United Way of Greater New Bedford?s impact areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability, and Basic Needs and must be able to report on outcomes that align with the outlined target issues and community goals in those impact areas..


2019 Community Impact Request for Proposals (RFP)

Letters of intent (LOI) to apply for Community Impact grants are now being accepted. Please click here to read the RFP . All LOIs must be submitted electronically ? click here to access the application. LOIs are due March 24, 2019, 11:59 pm.

For organizations whose LOIs are selected, applications will open April 1st and be due on April 21st.


2018 Community Impact Grants

Organization Name Program Name Impact Area 2018 Award
Child & Family Services, Inc. Caring Network Health $20,000.00
Coastline Elderly Services Community Mainstream Resources Health $25,000.00
Community Nurse Home Care Community Health Workers: the Missing Link in Healthcare Health $25,000.00
SEMCOA, Inc. WRAP House Health $15,000.00
YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts YWCA Health and Wellness Program Health $10,000.00
Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford After School Program Education $10,000.00
Buttonwood Park Zoological Society BPZoo School Programs for New Bedford Public Schools Education $10,000.00
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School GNBRVTHS Student Mentor Program Education $18,025.00
New Bedford Whaling Museum High School Apprenticeship Program Education $10,000.00
P.A.C.E Head Start P.A.C.E. Head Start Education $25,000.00
YMCA Southcoast New Bedford Power Scholars
Education $25,000.00
Community Economic Development Center CEDC Asset Builders Financial
Damien’s Place The Family Pantry-Damien’s Place Financial
Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts Family Self Sufficiency Program Financial
Immigrants’ Assistance Center Multi-lingual Basic Needs Program Financial
P.A.C.E YouthBuild PACE YouthBuild Blueprint to a Healthy Financial Life Financial
Total Community Impact Funding $289,025.00


Evidence Based Approach Tutorials

United Way of Greater New Bedford partnered with the University of Massachusetts Public Policy Center to host three beginner tutorials on how to use an evidence based approach to improving community outcomes. These tutorials are helpful for organizations that seek to apply to United Way?s Community Impact Grants for funding. The application requires a short description on the use of evidence based approaches and a logic model.