United Way Seeking Applicants for Community Impact Grants

For over six decades, United Way of Greater New Bedford has funded community organizations that provide programs and services for residents. Traditionally this funding was set aside for select organizations. In an effort to better serve the needs in our community, United Way is moving to a Community Impact model of grant making, which will now make that funding available to organizations from across Greater New Bedford. United Way has been transitioning its funding model over the past five years, developing new initiatives and creating new opportunities for funding along the way.

“In an effort to change the ‘business as usual’ mindset and in turn better serve residents, we are transitioning to a Community Impact model that focuses on funding programs and services specifically in the areas of health, education, and financial stability,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “We believe that by allowing more organizations to apply for funding, we can identify and fund the most impactful and quality programs and services for residents.”

Nonprofit organizations and public entities may apply for $10,000 – $25,000 for operational support to continue, maintain, or expand already existing high quality programs and services offered by an organization. Programs and services must align with United Way’s target areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability and must be available to residents in United Way of Greater New Bedford’s service area: Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, and Wareham.

United Way is hosting a Community Impact Grants Information Session to discuss the grant and application process. The information session will be held on Tuesday, February 6th at 9:30 am at the New Bedford Free Public Library. Please RSVP by February 2nd to Elizabeth at 508-994-9625 ext. 219 or eracemoore@unitedwayofgnb.org.

Organizations and public entities interested in applying must submit a letter of intent to ayatesberg@unitedwayofgnb.org by February 16th that will be reviewed by an independent committee. Letters of intent should be no longer than 2 pages and include a brief summary of the organization, its mission, the program or service, how the program aligns with United Way’s mission and impact areas, the expected impact of the project and why it is needed, and a brief budget narrative and estimated for the program. Contact Allison Yates-Berg with any questions regarding the Community Impacts Grants at 508-994-9625 ext. 215.

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Greater New Bedford. To learn more about United Way of Greater New Bedford, visit unitedwayofgnb.org.