Mini-Grants Program


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

2013 Progress Report (PDF Format)

2013 Progress Report (MS Word Format)

Applications are Due April 25, 2014

2014 Mini-Grant Application MS Word Format

 2014 Mini-Grant Application PDF Format

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

2013 Mini-Grant Program Recipients

Organization / Group Amount Funded
Acushnet Classic Ensemble (ACE) $750.00
Band of Brothers (BOB) $1,500.00
Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women $500.00
Bullard Street Neighborhood Association $325.00
Bus Riders United $842.00
Busy Hands & Loving Hearts $1,000.00
Community Garden Group $250.00
Compeer-2-Peer $1,200.00
Cove Street Neighborhood Association $500.00
Fairhaven Nature Trails Network $750.00
Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Historical Association $500.00
Friends of Fairhaven COA $720.00
Friends of Mercy Meals & More $1,575.00
Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library $719.00
Grace Community Breakfast $400.00
Hands Across the River Coalition $500.00
Hayden McFadden PTO $1,000.00
Helfand Farm Community Gardens $1,429.00
Jireh Swift PTO $1,000.00
Kaminhu Longi-Long Journey $1,000.00
Kids That Grow $700.00
Lukumi Center of the Orishas $1,000.00
MA Children’s Relief $1,040.00
Mom’s Club of Fairhaven $400.00
NB-AGLY $1,000.00
New Bedford Bicycle Committee $500.00
NWA SOMA Community Leadership Team $1,000.00
Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) $500.00
Pathways Reintegration Network $1,000.00
Puerto Rican & Latin American Art & Culture Committee $1,200.00
Rogers/Wood Transition Team $1,200.00
Serenity Garden Community Garden $933.00
SouthCoast Bikeway $1,000.00
The Time Exchangers! $1,217.00
Urban Fusion/New Bedford Dakota Foundation $1,450.00
VEN*C Cultural Soul Acadamy $1,400.00
WOCOTOMADI $1,000.00
 37 All-Volunteer Groups/Organizations $33,000.00