The Berkshire United Way is doing its part to try and lend support to families while filling some gaps in services in the Berkshires. The organization has announced the availability of funding for a one-year period of July 1st, 2021 through June 30th, 2022. 

(Header Photo: Berkshire United Way offers opportunities for community partner organizations to come together for training sessions and collaboration)

According to a press release from the organization, the request for proposal is to support family well-being and address gaps in services in the community and will require programs to generate a whole-family, integrated approach that focuses on educational advancement and economic mobility. Funding priority will be given to organizations serving communities disproportionately that have been impacted by COVID-19. 

Organizations must deliver programs and outcomes that address the priority community issues of early childhood development, positive youth development or economic prosperity. Prior to submitting a proposal, interested organizations must complete an eligibility form. The organization must be a not-for-profit, located in and primarily serving residents of central and southern Berkshire County, and governed by an active, locally based, volunteer board or elected body. 

 Organizations may register for a Request For Proposals Informational Meeting: 

Proposals must be completed online by midnight March 21. Investment decisions will be based on the results of the competitive RFP process, which includes review by community volunteers and their recommendations for funding to the Berkshire United Way Board of Directors. 

Organizations can access the eligibility form and RFP application at www.berkshireunitedway.org/request-for-proposal. 

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