The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County Announces 2022 Request for Proposals

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; April 8, 2022) -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County (The Chest) announces its 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants. 

The Chest recognizes the significant changes area nonprofits made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to provide services for current and an increasing number of clients.

            This year, The Chest's grantmaking process focuses on a new set of priorities identified by our colleagues in leadership positions with local nonprofit agencies.  The priority areas are:

·       Food insecurity for individuals and families residing in The Community Chest’s service area;

·       Health and mental health services for all populations;  

·       Education support for programs focusing on social, emotional and developmental learning loss;

·       Programming to enhance preparation for college; and

·       Supportive services for special populations or special types of services including senior support and other at-risk populations.

            Grants will be made only to nonprofits embracing The Community Chest's core values--diversity, equity and inclusion are viewed as moral imperatives.  Funded organizations must not discriminate in service delivery or organizational structure based on race, gender, age, sexual identity or other personal characteristics.  Organizations that do not subscribe to these values are ineligible for funding.  All grant applications must be submitted electronically by no later than Friday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m.  

Application Requirements

            All applicants must be designated a 501(c)(3) IRS nonprofit based in New Jersey and be in operation for more than two years.  They must provide services to people residing or working in The Community Chest's service area in any of these 15 municipalities in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey: Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Rockleigh or Tenafly.  Applicants must comply with The Chest's Diversity Guidelines.

            The complete 2022 request for proposal's guidelines, criteria, and an application are available at  For further information, contact Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director of The Community Chest, at 201-568-7474 or

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

            Since the organization's founding 89 years ago, The Chest has raised over $2 million, the equivalent of $62 million, when adjusted for inflation, and served over 100 nonprofit organizations.  The Chest supports area nonprofits addressing a range of issues, including health and mental health, hunger, arts programming, the environment, and volunteerism for approximately 50,000 people annually.

About The Community Chest

            Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 89 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.

            The Community Chest's Board of Managers is comprised of community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need.  People interested in being considered for board membership may contact Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.

            For further information about The Chest, visit or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

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