Applying for a Grant from the Acton-Boxborough United Way


Community Impact Grants

Grant applications for agencies and organizations providing health and human services to area residents are available. The deadline for the 2020-2021 application is August 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Please review below update for additional criteria.

>>AB United Way Grant Application - Word

>>AB United Way Grant Application - PDF

>>AB United Way Grant Budget - Excel

>>AB United Way Grant Budget - PDF

If your agency or organization has not received a grant from the Acton-Boxborough United Way in the past 5 years, please contact our office.

Acton-Boxborough United Way allocates funds to non-profit human service organizations on a once-a year basis.

To be eligible for funding from ABUW, organizations must:

  • Provide health or human service assistance to residents of Acton and Boxborough.
  • Organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits; those entities without such status, but who provide a program meeting the above criteria, should contact our office for further information.
  • Have a stated policy of non-discrimination in regard to all persons, irrespective of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual preference, age, disability or veterans’ status, and compliance with all requirements of law and regulations with respect to the provision of services.

Community Impact Grant Allocation 2020 Timeline:

  • Funding applications and/or amendments must be completed in August.
  • Virtual site visits are mutually arranged in October.
  • Agencies are notified of the grant decisions December 1st and checks are awarded quarterly starting in January.
  • Mid-cycle reports from grant recipients are required.

Update on the Community Impact Grant Process - 10 August 2020

Because of COVID-19, Acton-Boxborough United Way postponed last spring’s Community Impact grant process to this fall. Some of you had already submitted an application.

We want to inform you of some important modifications to the application process that we felt were necessary due the continued impact of the pandemic on our local nonprofit partners, the national racial justice movement, and our own adjusted priorities.

  • Current applicants who already submitted an application are invited to submit an amendment to their initial proposal.
  • Nonprofits who did not submit an application this spring are welcome to submit a request for a Community Impact Grant.
  • Community Impact Grants will be awarded for an 18-month period, starting in January 2021 through June 2022.
  • We will continue to prioritize applications within our traditional impact areas: education, financial stability, and health. 
  • As Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Racial Justice are at the core of United Way’s mission, we are eager to work with you as a community partner to accelerate change in bringing about equity in your organization and the communities you work in. We will take this priority into account as a new evaluation criterion. 

Feel free to share any insights or plans for your organization on:

      • Board and staff composition diversity; Hiring and recruitment practices
      • Board resolutions, policies or statements regarding your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice both internally (within your organization) and externally (in the community; in your programming); 
      • How your organization uses data to better understand community demographics,  address needs and disparities, and advance equity.
      • Action plans on D, E, I and Racial Justice.
    • If your organization or group is an emerging voice on Racial Justice, you might apply and qualify for seed funding up to $1,500, even if your initiative does not have full nonprofit status. We will need to understand the leadership, mission, programs and objectives. We encourage those applicants to contact us first before submitting an application.
    • We are eager to know if and how COVID-19 has materially changed your operations and needs. If so, your organization might qualify for funding through our COVID-19 Impact Fund. Examples of a material change in need due to COVID-19 required. No separate application is necessary.
    • At the United Way, we believe everyone wins by Living United. Our communities are stronger when we work together. Therefore, collaboration will also be a specific evaluation criterion. Do you collaborate with other organizations or officials to make the most of the great work you are doing? Are you engaged in new effective collaborations because of COVID-19 or concerted efforts to promote equity? We encourage you to include a brief description in your (amended) proposal. 
    • Deadline: August 31 at 5 pm for submitting amendments to current applications and new applications.
    • Grant interviews (virtual): 
      • Saturday, October 3: (9 AM - 1:00 PM) 
      • Wednesday, October 7: (9 AM - 2:00 PM)
      • Tuesday, October 13:(7:30 PM - 8:45 PM) 
      • Wednesday, October 14: (9 AM - 2 PM)
  • Announcement of decisions: December 1, 2020
  • First grant payment: January 25, 2021 (If qualified for COVID Impact Funding, payments may be available earlier)

If you have any questions regarding these changes, contact Shana Brown, Administrative Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 978.263.1777.

Special Assistance for Grants & Emergencies (S.A.G.E.)

SAGE Grants were developed in 2012 in order to respond to immediate needs in the community. As such, they are not part of the normal grant cycle and are approved on an as-needed basis. Grants are given on behalf of individuals who are brought to our consideration through members of the clergy or through appropriate town personnel. In general, these grants cover one-time expenditures such as rent or fuel assistance. SAGE Grants can also be given to non-profit organizations in response to an urgent and unplanned-for programming need.


>> Special Grant Allocation Form for Organizations

>> Special Grant Allocation Form for Individuals

Additional information