Community Bridging Grants

Dennis Rice

Each year, Alternatives’ Board of Directors makes available funding for grants to be awarded to individuals, Alternatives programs, or community organizations for innovative initiatives that promote “Real Relationships.”

The Board is interested in funding projects that create bridges between the people we serve and community members that build social capital, increase civic engagement and address community interests or needs.

Proposals should focus on the development of lasting, interdependent relationships between different people, associations, and/or organizations.

For examples of Community Bridging Grants we have funded, click here.

Who may apply

Any individuals served by Alternatives, Alternatives staff or programs, or community organizations working in conjunction with Alternatives.

Grant Size

$500 – $3,000 (larger collaborations may apply for larger grants).

Grant Proposal Format

Proposal Summary – One paragraph describing who you are, the scope of your proposal, projected costs and the timeframe of the initiative.

Assessment of Need – Clearly define the need/capacity/interest you intend to address/build using grant funds.

Proposal Objectives – Articulate measurable outcomes designed to meet the identified need.

Methods – Describe the activities you will conduct to accomplish your objectives.

Evaluation – How will you measure and document the effectiveness of the project in building sustainable relationships.

Budget – Detail personnel, non-personnel and in-kind costs.

Future Funding – Indicate how you will continue to fund your project after the grant.

Proposal Review

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the interdependent relationship(s) to be developed.
  • Meaningful involvement of individuals we serve in the project.
  • New knowledge to be gained in our quest to build stronger communities for everyone


Grant applications will be considered throughout the year until all funds are awarded. Please submit a 2-4 page proposal following the format outlined above to the attention of Dennis Rice at [email protected] or to:
50 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, MA 01588

For questions about the Community Bridging Grant process, please email [email protected]