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 Mini-Grants Program provides financial and technical support to all-volunteer groups working to strengthen the community through projects that address locally identified concerns, issues and events. 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, nonviolence, environmental, performing arts, historical, advocacy and community gardens and more.
To be eligible for Mini-Grant funding, groups/organizations:
- All applicants, including past Mini-Grantees, are required to attend an Orientation Workshop
- Must be all-volunteer groups with an established membership
- Have an annual budget/income must not exceed $25,000
- 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 or Westport
- Legal incorporation 501©(3) is NOT required
- Year-long on-going projects may be funded up to $2,500
- One-time, special events may be eligible for $500 maximum
- Application deadline is in April of each year
- Orientation Workshops are held in February/March – all applicants are required to attend
- 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 contact Claudia Kirk, Program Director at 508-994-9625, ext. 13 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2013 MINI-GRANTS AWARDS RECIPIENTS:
Project Title Organization / Group Amount Funded
TOTAL FUNDING: $33,000
2013 Events and Outreach Campaign!
The Time Exchangers! $1,217
2013 Youth Self-Esteem Project
VEN*C Cultural Soul Acadamy
A Season to Renew, Revitalize & Re-Energize
Serenity Garden Community Garden
Back to School!
Jireh Swift PTO
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers (BOB)
BRU Video Project-Public Transportation: History to Advocacy
Bus Riders United
Building a SouthCoast Bicycling Community
Operation Clean Sweep (OCS)
Cape Verde:History and Culture!
Kaminhu Longi-Long Journey
Carnival! Puerto Rican Traditional Fiestas
Lukumi Center of the Orishas
Challenges to Opportunities!
Acushnet Classic Ensemble (ACE)
Circle of Warmth
Busy Hands & Loving Hearts
Community Garden Group
Community Breakfast with Grace
Grace Community Breakfast
Community Outreach for MA Children's Relief's Events
MA Children's Relief
Cultural Community Engagement
Puerto Rican & Latin American Art & Culture Committee
Downtown Temporary Emergency Shelter
Friends of Mercy Meals & More
Educational & Advocacy Events
Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women
Events for the Neighborhood
Cove Street Neighborhood Association
Family City Wide Bike Ride
New Bedford Bicycle Committee
From the Inside Out!
Hands Working Together - Clean Ups
Hands Across the River Coalition
Hayden McFadden PTO: Building a Strong Community
Hayden McFadden PTO
Kids That Grow
Helfand Farms Community Gardens
Helfand Farms Community Gardens $1,429
Kathleen Kalife Memorial Sharing Garden
Friends of Fairhaven COA
Keep on Reading Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library $719
Kids Movie Night at Riverside Park
Bullard Street Neighborhood Association
Learning Through Our Differences
MESA-Soaring Wings Project
Urban Fusion/New Bedford Dakota Foundation
Mom's Club of Fairhaven
Public Outreach and Visibility Campaign
Pathways Reintegration Network
The Flower Power Project
NWA SOMA Community Leadership Team
Trail Interpretive Signs
Fairhaven Nature Trails Network
Veteran's Day Event
Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Historical Association
Rogers/Wood Transition Team
Rogers/Wood Transition Team