We have postponed the Mini Grant application process until Fall 2020 and will re-open the online application in September.  Please check back over the summer for an updated timeline and any further updates.

United Way’s Community Building Mini-Grants Program is the only local resource to promote civic involvement and bring about positive change at the grassroots all-volunteer level. The goal of the Mini-Grants Program is to encourage volunteerism and creative thinking as a viable way to strengthen all aspects of our community.  The program encourages community building by supporting citizens to come together, form and build relationships, and address a need or issue of concern. Groups must align their project proposals with a United Way impact area: Health, Education, Financial Stability, or Basic Needs.

Grants are awarded up to $2,500 to provide local volunteer groups get small-scale community projects off the ground. And the program offers networking opportunities that enable groups to find other like-minded individuals to collaborate with so they can make an even bigger impact in the community.



To be eligible for Mini-Grant funding, groups/organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be all-volunteer groups with an established membership
  • Have an annual budget/income must not exceed $40,000
  • Projects must be specific, small in scale, have a realistic plan and build our local community
  • Projects must be in the areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability, or Basic Needs
  • Group must be based in New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, or Wareham
  • Legal incorporation 501-(3) is NOT required



  • All applicants, including past Mini-Grantees, are encouraged to attend an Information Session
  • Projects may be funded up to $2,500
  • Application deadline is in April
  • Information Sessions are held in March
  • Projects must be completed within one (1) year of the grant award
  • A progress report must be submitted at project completion

For more information about the Community Building Mini-Grants Program, please contact Michelle Hantman at 508-994-9625, ext. 212 or mhantman@unitedwayofgnb.org

Reimbursement forms MUST be submitted through the CommunityForce portal at unitedwayofgnb.communityforce.com

Click here to view the Mini-Grants RFP.

Mini-Grant Info Session Powerpoint