Together, United Fund Seeks Proposal

United Way of Greater New Bedford is seeking proposals for the Together, United Fund in order to advance racial equity and social justice in Greater New Bedford. Through the Together, United Fund, United Way will fund new initiatives and existing efforts at local nonprofits to build the capacity of their board and staff to serve diverse communities and foster lasting, positive change in the advancement of racial equity and social justice.

Nonprofit organizations may apply for up to $5,000 from the Together, United Fund. Requests could include, but are not limited to: support for professional development and/or training for board and staff to advance race, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, provide resources and tools to promote racial equity and social justice in the workplace, or provide opportunities at all levels of implementation, to create and share knowledge through webinars, publications, professional conferences, and practice-group convening.

Proposals to the Together, United Fund are due Thursday, February 29th at 5 pm and must be submitted electronically through United Way’s grant portal. Click here for more information.

“We are committed to strategically investing resources to help close gaps and disparities in education opportunities, economic mobility, and health access,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “The Together, United Fund allows community organizations to increase their capacity and the ability to better serve residents and create lasting change.”  

In 2023, United Way awarded the first round of Together, United grants to Dennison Memorial Community Center and Coaching for Change. Both organizations focused on professional development for their staff and board to actively address racial equity and social justice through educational programming.

United Way of Greater New Bedford is the local chapter of United Way Worldwide. It has operated since 1953, advocating for family resilience, health access, economic mobility, and educational opportunity for every person in the nine communities it serves through essential services such as the Family Resource & Development Center, Hunger Commission, and New Bedford Community Connections Coalition. Additionally, United Way funds local organizations whose programming addresses these issues and matches them with volunteers through Volunteer SouthCoast.