Though some community needs are ongoing – such as those outlined in the Health, Education, and Financial Stability impact areas – some needs and opportunities emerge unexpectedly. This includes community needs that arise out of emergencies or crises, as well as time sensitive opportunities that have the potential for high impact.

The Emerging Needs and Opportunities funding stream allows UWGNB to effectively respond to those types of needs with the immediate attention they require.

Examples of projects that could by funded by the Emerging Needs and Opportunities Fund:

  • Capacity-building opportunities for non-profits and city departments that have the potential for significant social return
  • Projects that mobilize people and resources in the event of an emergency, crisis, or natural disaster
  • Advocacy efforts that are aligned with UWGNB’s mission and values and that address a critical need or issue

You must be invited to apply for this fund. There is no minimum request; the maximum request is $10,000.

2018 – 2019 Funding

This past year, United Way awarded Rise Up for Homes $10,000 for the Emergency Overflow Shelter over the winter months and the New Bedford Connect event – an event to connect the homeless community with services like dental checks, flu shots, housing, basic health screenings, and more.

Funding was also provided to residents of Fall River after the Four Winds Apartment fire and for the printing of Street Sheets which serve as a tool to navigate local programs and services for the homeless.