Berkshire United Way Seeks Proposals for Community Investments

Pittsfield – Berkshire United Way announces the availability of funding for the two-year period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. The purpose of this request for proposal (RFP) is to build economic mobility through educational and employment opportunities that will have impactful outcomes for individuals and families in Berkshire County, from birth through adulthood. Priority will be given to integrated/collaborative approaches and organizations addressing needs of both children or youth and the adults in their lives.

Prior to submitting a proposal, interested organizations must complete an eligibility form, which is available at, and submit evidence of the following requirements: organization must be financially stable, located in and primarily serving residents of central and southern Berkshire County, structured as a not-for-profit, governed by an active, locally based, volunteer board or elected body, and deliver programs and outcomes that address the priority community issues of early childhood development, positive youth development, or economic prosperity.

Organizations may register for the applicant bidder’s conference to be held on February 12, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. at Guardian Life Insurance Company, 700 South Street, Pittsfield by contacting Julie Singley via email at or calling 413.442.6948 x32.

Proposals must be completed and submitted to Singley by midnight, March 17, 2019. 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.

About Berkshire United Way

For more than 95 years, Berkshire United Way has been building a stronger community right here in Berkshire County. We support children and families wherever they are in their lives. We provide early education opportunities, so children enter school ready to learn; give young people the tools they need to make healthy decisions; and help working families become financially stable. As part of a worldwide effort to create lasting change, we mobilize people and organizations to develop long-term solutions to current and emerging needs throughout the county.

Our vision is for Berkshire County to become a dynamic, engaged community with opportunities for all.