Community Building Mini-Grants Program

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 Program provides financial and technical support to all-volunteer groups working to strengthen the community through projects that address locally identified concerns or issues.  Through workshops and networking opportunities, grant recipients learn new skills, collaborate and leverage resources. Past projects include: neighborhood events, senior and youth activities, public safety,  environmental programs, performing arts performances, historical reenactments, advocacy programs and community gardens.


To be eligible for Mini-Grant funding, groups/organizations:

  • All applicants, including past Mini-Grantees, are encouraged to attend an Orientation Workshop
  • 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
  • Group must be based in New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown,  Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Wareham
  • Legal incorporation 501©(3) is NOT required


  • Projects may be funded up to $2,500
  • Application deadline is in April of each year
  • Orientation Workshops are held in March
  • Projects must be completed within one (1) year of the grant award
  • Progress Report must be submitted at project completion

For more information about the Community Building Mini-Grants Program, please call 508-994-9625, ext. 213

Mini-Grants 2017 Terms & Commitments – Documents

Mini-Grant Resources:

Download the Reimbursement Form or fill out the Reimbursement form online!


2016 Mini-Grant Program Recipients

Organization Name: Project: Final Funding
After Prom GNB Voc Tech GNB Voc-Tech After Prom $1,000
Buttonwood Park Area/Historic District Neighborhood Association Smiles with Blooms $500
Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford “Batucada” $1,000
Cape Verdean Recognition Comitee Inc. Cape Verdean Recognition Parade $750
Cape Verdean-American Veterans Researchers Honoring Cape Verdean Service in the U.S. Armed Forces $200
Civic Support Marketing Workshops for Nonprofits $725
Cove St. Neighborhood Association Cove Street Neighborhood Association Fun Day & Christmas Tree Lighting Event $1,072
Cultural Connection,Inc. WAREHAM ROCKETS & ROBOTICS FESTIVAL $2,000
Diapers N’ Things Diapers N’ More $2,500
Fairhaven Community Trails Network Wood School Trail $1,500
Fairhaven Lions Club Family Fun Day $500
Fairhaven Outdoor Movie Night Fairhaven Outdoor Family Night $500
Fairhaven Village Militia Life in the 1700’s $1,800
Friends of Chalk-Full-O-Fun Chalk-Full-O-Fun Festivals $500
Friends of DAV Chapter #7 Veterans Helping Veterans $2,500
Friends of Onset’s Budding Artists Wareham Boys & Girls Club Summer/Music Performance Project $1,300
Friends of the Fairhaven Council on Aging Old Fashion 4th of July Picnic $1,522
Helfand Farm Community Gardens Composting Toilet $2,500
Kids That Grow Planting the seeds of STEAM $500
MOMS Club of Fairhaven Shoeboxes of Hope $1,000
Neighborhoods United Neighborhoods United National Night Out 2016(In Memory of Chief David Provencher) $1,300
New Bedford Hoop Organization New Bedford Summer Basketball League $1,000
Operation Clean Sweep Reduce and Reuse $1,650
Safe Zones Anti-Bullying Campaign Safe Zones $500
South End Revitalization Guitar for Grades $1,500
The Hayden McFadden Redesign Team Make These Words Your Own $2,000
We Care Kits We Care Kits $1,500
Whaling History Alliance Sanctuary,Safe haven, Freedom from Fear $1,000
TOTAL $34,319