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The Community Chest Opens 2019 Request for Proposals

Press Release – (Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; February 7, 2019) — The Community Chest (The Chest) announces its 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Annual Grants. Eligible nonprofit organizations providing services to residents in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey may apply.

Annual Grants Initiative

With the motto “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”, The Chest’s mission is to lead initiatives and support nonprofits that make communities stronger and benefit the people of eastern Bergen County, New Jersey. Through the Annual Grants initiative, The Chest supports eligible nonprofit organizations with program funding or general operating expenses. Priority consideration is given to proposals supporting the quality of public education in The Chest’s service area and enhancing the quality of life for local senior citizens. This year, the maximum Annual Grant award is $20,000. The deadline to submit an application for an Annual Grant is March 8, 2019. This year, The Harriet Tanner Impact Grant program is not accepting applications.

Staff from nonprofit organizations that received The Community Chest’s grants in 2018 graduate from its Professional Development Series. Shown from left to right: Vicki Sidrow and Lil Corcoran with Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director from The Community Chest, and Michelle Lefkowitz and George McKenna.


Application Requirements

All applicants must be designated a 501c3 IRS nonprofit and be incorporated for at least two years. Applicants must provide services to residents of eastern Bergen County, New Jersey in any of these municipalities: Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Rockleigh or Tenafly.

The following materials must be submitted:

  • an application form provided by The Community Chest on the organization’s website,
  • a recent audited financial statement,
  • a narrative explaining how the organization will use the funds,
  • a list of the applicant’s Board of Trustees,
  • the most recent agency budget and a list of funding sources,
  • the budget for the proposed program, and
  • a copy of the applicant’s most recent audit.

The complete 2019 RFP’s guidelines, criteria, and an application are available at

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Since the organization’s founding 86 years ago, The Chest has raised over $2 million, the equivalent of $62 million, when adjusted for inflation, and served nearly 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. Twenty-four agencies providing social, cultural, recreational, and educational services to local residents in need of all ages received grant awards in 2018.

About The Community Chest

Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 86 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 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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