Community Foundation Accepting ''RFP'' for Neighbors for Neighbors Fund Grants

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut announces that the “Request for Proposal” (RFP) for the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund will be open on Monday, April 27, 2020. Grants from this fund are available to organizations serving the basic needs of residents of the Foundation’s 42-town region

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut created the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund (The Fund) in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund is jointly administered with the United Ways of Southeastern Connecticut and Central and Northeastern Connecticut to address critical gaps in services during this time.

The Fund is designed to be flexible and nimble in supporting the work of nonprofits and others in meeting the basic needs of residents of Eastern Connecticut. It is intended to complement federal, state and municipal government relief efforts to identify and fill gaps, and to expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as effectively and efficiently as possible.

The Fund’s resources initially will be directed to organizations providing direct assistance to high need, vulnerable populations -- including low-income individuals, residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, communities of color, and individuals with disabilities, among others -- to address immediate basic needs such as healthcare, food, shelter, childcare and other supports to ensure stability and well-being. 

Eligible entities that serve the needs of Eastern Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19 and include:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Community organizations using a fiscal agent
  • Faith-based institutions serving the broader community
  • Schools, municipal agencies and other public institutions

The Neighbors for Neighbors Fund will not make grants directly to individuals.

The application deadline is 5 pm on Friday, May 8, 2020.


Questions regarding the RFP process for the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund, please contact Program Officer Stephanye R. Clarke at                                  



About the Community Foundation

Serving 42 towns and comprised of 547 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region, focusing on four priority areas: empowering youth, promoting basic needs and rights, preserving the environment, and advancing animal welfare. The Foundation manages a permanent community endowment and has awarded more than $62 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit