Applying for a Grant from the Acton-Boxborough United Way


Healthy Teen Initiative Grant(s)

Acton-Boxborough United Way (ABUW) has created the Healthy Teen Initiative (HTI) in response to its 2015 Community Needs Assessment. The program’s goal is to positively impact our community's teen mental health, the most often cited concern of residents and a top priority identified by service providers in the ABUW Community Needs Assessment.

Scope, Timing and Criteria of HTI Grant(s):

ABUW will award a Healthy Teen Initiative grant(s). Grant application(s) will be due on February 10, 2017. Successful applications will be selected after a review by community leaders, ABRHS students, and concerned residents, appointed by the ABUW Board. The final decision will be made by the ABUW Board in collaboration with the Executive Director. Interviews will be conducted on the evening of February 14, 2017.

>> Healthy Teen Initiative Grant Application Form 

Total funds available: up to $50,000.

Applications should request funds for programs that are:

  • collaborative  
  • innovative
  • effective in addressing mental health needs of Acton and Boxborough teens 

Nature of programming could be:

  • an existing program or model already successfully implemented in another community
  • creation of a pilot program to test viability
  • combination of a new and existing program 

Proposed programs should demonstrate plans for future funding:

  • as self-generating; OR 
  • as being completed by the end of the grant period


Community Impact Grants

Grant applications for agencies and organizations providing health and human services to area residents are available. Grant applications will be due on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 4:30 pm.

>> 2017 Community Impact Grant Application Form>> 2017 Community Impact Grant Budget Form

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 Timeline:

  • Funding applications are available in January and must be completed in March.
  • Site visits are mutually arranged between December and April.
  • Agency interviews and grant deliberations take place in April and May.
  • Agencies are notified of the grant decisions in June and checks are awarded quarterly starting in July.
  • Mid-year reports from grant recipients are required and due mid-January.


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