Organizations working on the most pressing issues affecting Greater New Bedford are often focused on day-to-day operations and sustaining existing programs, and may not have time, opportunities, or resources to take a step back and consider new approaches to addressing those challenging problems or new ways to do their work with greater efficiency or impact. United Way of Greater New Bedford is looking to change that reality with the launch of the Innovation Fund.

United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Innovation Fund is seeking projects that experiment, pilot, or test new ideas and approaches that can lead to breakthroughs in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. United Way defines an “innovative” approach as a novel solution that is more effective, efficient, collaborative, and/or sustainable than current solutions.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Innovation Fund here at United Way,” stated Allison Yates-Berg, VP of Community Impact & Operations at United Way. “We hope to fund breakthroughs that address persistent community challenges and will ultimately make our community stronger.”

Projects may include, but are not limited to, reimagining the design of a program or services, using or building technology to improve service delivery, testing new outreach and communication tools, or building innovative cross-sector collaborations.

Non-profits, public entities, and social entrepreneurs/businesses are eligible to apply for up to $100,000 for up to three years of funding. Proposals are due on Tuesday, October 31st. To see more details on the Innovation Fund or to submit an application, visit https://unitedwayofgnb.communityforce.com. Proposals will be reviewed by an Innovators Panel in November.

United Way will be hosting an informational session about the Innovation Fund on Monday, October 2nd from 9 am – 10:30 am at the New Bedford Public Library located at 613 Pleasant St. Please RSVP for the session to Suzanne at 508-994-9625 ext. 219 or sellis@unitedwayofgnb.org. United Way asks that you submit specific questions about the Innovation Fund prior to the info session to ayatesberg@unitedwayofgnb.org.

United Way of Greater New Bedford fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. To learn more about United Way, visit unitedwayofgnb.org.