United Way of Greater New Bedford will be hosting two virtual information sessions via Zoom in January for all-volunteer groups interested in applying for a Community Building Mini-Grant.

United Way’s Mini-Grants program empowers all-volunteer groups with budgets of $40,000 or less to apply for funding to implement small-scale, impactful projects in the Greater New Bedford area (Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, or Wareham). Potential projects must reflect the goals of United Way in the areas of health, education, financial stability, or basic needs. Groups can apply for up to $2,500 to implement a project that builds community and addresses a need or issue of concern.

Interested groups are encouraged to attend one of two virtual information sessions to learn more about the Mini-Grants Program and application process. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 19 at 4 pm and Friday, January 22 at 10 am. Registration is required for the sessions, please call 508-994-9625 ext. 219 or register online at unitedwayofgnb.org/mini-grants.

“The Mini-Grants Program empowers everyday residents to identify and implement projects to create change locally,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “We are continuously impressed by the quality of projects to the program and are hopeful that this year we will see projects that will creatively address some of the issues created by COVID-19.”

Since its inception in 1995, the Mini-Grants Program has granted $820,314 for local community projects. These projects have positively benefitted schools, neighborhoods, and our community as a whole. Projects have included community gardens, a diaper pantry, literacy programming, community meals, and more. Join past Mini-Grantees and be a change agent in Greater New Bedford by submitting an application to the Mini-Grants Program.

Applications will be accepted from Friday, January 15 through Friday, February 26 at noon. More information on the Mini-Grants Program and the application can be found at unitedwayofgnb.org. Projects must be completed within one year of the grant award and a final report must be submitted at project completion.

For more information about the Community Building Mini-Grants Program, please contact Victoria Grasela at 508-994-9625, ext. 210 or vgrasela@unitedwayofgnb.org.

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