ReCONNECT NC Call for Communities


ReCONNECT to Move Forward: Mental Health and Well-Being

A Call for Proposals from NC Communities

DUE: Monday, July 27, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST


The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at North Carolina State University is seeking applications from NC “communities” that are actively working to improve mental health and well-being in their communities in a time of COVID-19. Selected communities will join IEI’s ReCONNECT to Move Forward: Mental Health and Well-Being virtual community cohort.

Communities selected for the cohort will benefit from:

  • A platform to talk about their initiative at October 29, 2020 ReCONNECT to Move Forward: Mental Health and Well-Being virtual meeting. Five complimentary event tickets will be available to each community team.
  • A virtual peer learning network to share with–and learn from–communities across the state,
  • Free capacity building activities, including storytelling, training on dialogue across difference, and more. Two strategic planning sessions will also be available and will take place virtually or in your local community once it is safe to do so, and
  • Increased visibility and potential for greater financial support of a community’s reconnection efforts.

There is no fee for participating in the cohort and all meetings will be available virtually. More information about the cohort and who can apply is included in the application packet.


Who Can Apply: Specific to this cohort, a “community” refers to an organization or partnership located in a region, county, city, town, or neighborhood. These can include, but are not limited to, entities of local government, educational institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations, and faith communities. While virtual initiatives will be considered, preference will be given to virtual efforts with ties to a specific geographic place.  

To be considered for the cohort, each group should identify a diverse local team of 5 representatives from the community to participate in a series of virtual cross-community capacity-building meetings over the course of one year (see cohort structure below). Due to the pandemic these virtual meetings are optional, though we hope your team will take advantage of the opportunity to learn from, and share with others. Click here to see full application packet and apply

ReCONNECT to Move Forward: Mental Health and Well-Being

ReCONNECT to Move Forward: Mental Health and Well-Being

While everyone may not contract COVID-19, everyone’s mental well-being has been affected by the pandemic in some way. Recent data reveals that adults experiencing signs of serious mental illness have increased eight-fold, skyrocketing from 3.4% in 2018 to 28% during the pandemic. In addition to clinical mental health, many are experiencing loneliness, grief, and anger–whether from job loss, disconnection from family and social networks, or from societal inequities and COVID’s disproportionate impact on communities of color. Young people are also being impacted during a crucial period of their development. While health care providers, faith leaders, nonprofits and other community efforts have mobilized to try to support those in need today, there are too many unknowns about the long-term impact this pandemic will have on our mental health and well-being. Join us as we share our collective strategies for coping and be cared for in the midst of this pandemic and examine what it will take to improve the mental health system so we can all thrive in a post-pandemic world.

Applications are due no later than Monday, July 27 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EST and should be emailed in a single PDF to Trishell Moore, IEI’s AmeriCorps VISTA, at