United Way of Greater New Bedford will be hosting two virtual information sessions via Zoom in February for all-volunteer groups interested in applying for a Changemaker Grant, formerly known as the "Community Building Mini-Grant."

You don’t have to be part of an established non-profit organization to apply for a Changemaker Grant (formerly the Community Building Mini-Grants Program). These grants go to all-volunteer groups with annual budgets of less than $40,000 that have one thing in common: they have great ideas for building and helping their community. So, if you are a member of a neighborhood association, a group of concerned parents, or a small group looking to do big things for your community, we urge you to contact us and apply. The United Way team will help you get started.

United Way’s Changemaker Grant 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 Changemaker Grant Program and the application process. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, February 8 at 1 pm and Wednesday, February 9 at 5:30 pm. Registration is required for the sessions and can be done online at unitedwayofgnb.org/changemaker-grants.

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Since its inception in 1995, United Way has provided grant money for 825 different projects that help to build stronger connections between people and that fill an important need. 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 Grantees and be a change agent in Greater New Bedford by submitting an application to the Changemaker Grants Program.

Changemaker Grants will be accepting applications from February 1 through March 11 at noon. Applications must be submitted at unitedwayofgnb.communityforce.com.

More information on the Changemaker Grant 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 Changemaker Grant Program, please contact Victoria Grasela via email at vgrasela@unitedwayofgnb.org.

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