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Round Two of Neighbors for Neighbors Fund Now Available


The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut welcome applications for Round Two of the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund. Grants from this Fund are available to organizations serving the basic needs of residents of the Foundation’s 42-town region. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM, Monday, September 28, 2020.

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut established the Neighbors for Neighbors 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. We will also consider proposals that address improvements to current system delivery to benefit our most vulnerable citizens.


  • Eligible entities (listed below) that serve the needs of residents impacted by COVID-19 in these communities in Eastern Connecticut: Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Stafford, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham and Woodstock
  • 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

This Neighbors for Neighbors Fund will not make grants directly to individuals. Visit the Foundation's website for more information and an application.