Organizations, public entities, and socially-minded businesses working on the most pressing problems affecting Greater New Bedford are often focused on day-to-day operations and sustaining existing programs, and may not have the time, opportunity, or resources to take a step back, reflect, and consider new approaches to addressing those challenging problems, or new ways to do their work with greater efficiency or impact. Moreover, funding for new approaches or pilots is rare and often inadequately addresses the risk that organizations take on when trying something new.

However, these new approaches and ways of “doing business differently” are often what lead to the biggest advances in tough social problems – including those in education, financial stability, and health. They are not always successful, but there is power in learning from both successes and failures.

Through the Innovation Fund, United Way of Greater New Bedford is seeking proposals that experiment, pilot, or test new ideas and approaches that can lead to breakthroughs in United Way of Greater New Bedford’s target areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability.

The Innovation Fund RFP will open in the Fall of 2017. Organizations can apply for up to $100,000 for up to 3 years of funding.

United Way of Greater New Bedford is particularly interested in projects that:

  • Reimagine the design of a program or services
  • Use or build technology to improve service delivery
  • Test new outreach and communication tools
  • Build innovative cross-sector collaborations

To learn more about the requirements of the Innovation Fund and how to apply, please click here.