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.
Mini-Grants Program 2013 Annual Funding cycle is now underway!
2013 Application Deadline: Friday, April 12th
All applicants, including past Mini-Grantees, are required to attend one of the following Orientation Workshops:
(Orientation Workshops cover the A to Z’s of the Mini-Grants Program and provide step by step tips on getting through the application process.)
Pre-registration preferred for all Orientation Workshops (seating is limited).
New Bedford: Thursday, Feb 21st @ 6 pm OR Tuesday, Feb 26th @ 10am at the
Salvation Army 619 Purchase Street (please use parking lot entrance)
Fairhaven: Thursday, February 28th @ 6pm at the Fairhaven Council on Aging (229 Huttleston Ave./Rte.6)
Marion: Tuesday, March 5th @ 6pm at the Wareham Free Library (59 Marion Road/Rte.6)
To register or to find out whether your group is eligible, contact Claudia Kirk at 508-994-9625, ext. 13 or at email@example.com. Visit the United Way website at www.unitedwayofgnb.org for more details about the Mini-Grants Program.
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.
Click here to download an application in Word or PDF format below:
Click here to download the Mini-Grants Progress Report:
Please do not submit the progress report online. Mail or hand deliver only.
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2012 MINI-GRANTS AWARDS RECIPIENTS:
Organization/Group Project Title Amount Funded
Total in Funding: $40,000
Acushnet Classic Ensemble Fanfare for Fairhaven $1,100
Bringing Minds Together, BMA Change a Life, Change a Future $1,500
Cove Street Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Events $760
Fairhaven Bicentennial Committee Fairhaven Bicentennial Community Celebrations & Events $2,500
Fairhaven Nature Trails Network Nature Trail Network Outreach "Traveling Show" $2,200
Fairhaven Sustainability Committee 5th Anniversary of Farmers Market Grand Event $500
Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Historical Association Our Resource/Research Library $420
Friends of Fairhaven C.O.A. BOCCEE COURT $2,300
Friends of Keith Middle School Cheerleaders Hawks Ready to Soar! $550
Friends of Mercy Meals and More Education & Outreach $1,525
Friends of the Wareham Community Pathway A Helmet a Day Keeps the Injuries Away! $700
Gabriel Maura Memorial Library Committee Gabriel Maura Memorial Library Rebuild $549
GNB Voc Tech After prom Committee After Prom Event-Activities $500
Grace Community Breakfast Meet, Eat and Greet - An Expansion Project $700
Haitian Cultural Organization Community Awareness of the Haitian Culture $1,500
Hayden McFadden School PTO Building for the Future $1,500
Inner City Youth Seed and Read $900
Jireh Swift PTO Back to Basics & Back to School $1,696
Kaminhu-Longi~Long Journey Cape Verdean Dance Group Cape Verdean Cultural Dance Program $1,750
Kids That Grow Feeding the Body & Mind $1,200
Lukumi Center of the Orishas African based Music & Dance Project $1,500
NB-AGLY Making Our Prefect Place~Perfect $2,500
New Bedford Bicycle Committee Bicycle Riding Benefits Awareness Campaign $500
Onset Bay Association Seasonal Activities $1,000
Paskamansett Bird Club 50th Anniversary Community Events $2,000
Take a Bow Theater Company A Chance to Shine $1,000
The Warming House Arts Club Celebrating the Beauty of Buttonwood Park $2,378
V.E.N.C. Cultural Soul Academy 2 $1,800
Wareham Library Foundation The Story Walk $1,682