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.

    For this cycle of Mini-Grants, we are seeking projects that will creatively address some of issues created by COVID-19.


    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(c)(3) is NOT required

    For more information about the Community Building Mini-Grants Program, please contact Victoria Grasela at 508-994-9625, ext. 210 or vgrasela@unitedwayofgnb.org

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


    2021 Mini-Grant Recipients

    Organization Name  Project Name Final Award Focus Area
    Dartmouth Youth Commission Zen Dens on the Go $500 Health
    Dog Park Association of Wareham DPAW Community Outreach PAWjects $2,085 Health
    Friends of Brooklawn Park Ricketson Nature Trail Boardwalks $2,496 Health
    Helfand Farm Community Gardens Community Gardens Fertilizer Supply Shed $2,000 Health
    New Bedford Strong Inc. COVID sanitary packs for homeless $2,500 Health
    South Coast Bikeway Alliance Lights Brigade of MassBike and South Coast Bikeway Alliance (SCBA) $1,000 Health
    Read To Me Wareham Read To Me Wareham $1,300 Education
    BuyBlackNB Summer Internship for Contributors $2,400 Financial Stability
    Centro de Ayuda y Esperanza Latina Hope For Your Heart $2,500 Basic Needs
    Friends of DAV Help Veterans to Obtain Benefits $2,500 Basic Needs
    Friends of Sister Rose Shelter The Garden at Sister Rose Shelter $1,450 Basic Needs
    Grow Greater New Bedford Grow Greater New Bedford $2,500 Basic Needs
    Hayden McFadden School Hayden McFadden Garden Redevelopment $2,500 Basic Needs
    Our Sisters’ School OSS Community Garden Giveaway $1,465 Basic Needs
    Rochester Affordable Housing Inc Rochester Affordable Housing $2,085 Basic Needs
    TakeBackNB Hopeful Haircuts $196 Basic Needs
    Zane’s Ramps Zane’s Ramps $523 Basic Needs