Families First Health and Support Center provides primary health care services to more than 6,300 men, women and children each year, including John and Sandy Pelletier. Read more.

Families First Health and Support Center provides primary health care services to more than 6,300 men, women and children each year, including John and Sandy Pelletier. Read more.

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New Hampshire's nonprofit organizations help make New Hampshire a great place to live.
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of New Hampshire citizens, the Foundation awards thousands of grants every year to organizations doing critical work in our communities, and improving quality of life for all. Together, we are doing great things.

What we fund

Through our competitive grant programs, we fund programs and operations of qualified nonprofits working in the areas of health and well-being, civic engagement, education, economic development, environmental protection and arts and culture.

We also make grants to nonprofit partners working in specific areas of strategic Foundation priorities – like fighting substance use disorders and increasing youth opportunity.

And we work closely with generous donors to connect them with funding opportunities that match their areas of interest in fulfilling community needs.

Explore our grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations

  • Community Grants Program - Express Grants

    Deadlines: February 12, 2016; May 13, 2016; August 12, 2016

    This competitive grants program awards project support (a set of activities conducted during a specified period of time and with clear deliverables that further the organization’s mission or build organization capacity) of $5,000 or less to eligible organizations.

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  • Community Grants Program - Project Grants

    Deadline: August 19, 2016

    This competitive grants program awards project support (a set of activities conducted during a specified period of time and with clearly stated deliverables that further the organization’s mission) of $5,000 or more to eligible organizations.

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  • Community Grants Program - Operating Grants

    Deadline: August 19, 2016

    This competitive grants program awards unrestricted grants that support an organization’s general operations as a whole rather than a particular project or capacity-building effort.

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  • Entrepreneurs' Fund of New Hampshire AMP Grant Program

    Deadline: March 25, 2016

    The Entrepreneurs’ Fund of New Hampshire’s AMP NH grants support novel, entrepreneurial and innovative ideas to solve pressing problems and critical issues facing New Hampshire.

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  • Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award

    Deadline: Thursday, August 4, 2016

    This award celebrates outstanding management, skill and talent within the nonprofit sector.

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  • Mary Gale Foundation

    Deadline: September 9, 2016

    The Mary Gale Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that supports housing, health and other in-home services and programs for low-income women age 65 and older living in the Greater Manchester area.

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  • Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund - Local Grants Program

    Deadline: July 15, 2016

    The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund supports projects in Coös County, NH and bordering communities in the United States and Canada that focus on community revitalization. This grant program awards support of $20,000 or less to eligible organizations.

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  • Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund - Large Grants Program

    Deadline: July 15, 2016

    The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund supports projects in Coös County, NH and bordering communities in the United States and Canada that focus on community revitalization. This grant program awards support of $20,001 to $300,000 to eligible organizations.

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  • Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund

    Deadline: January 6, 2017

    The fund supports restoration, protection, and enhancement of the river, wetlands, and shore lands within the Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, VT and West Lebanon, NH.

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  • Wellborn Ecology Fund

    Deadline: July 22, 2016

    The Wellborn Ecology Fund is dedicated to increasing environmental and ecological science knowledge in the Foundation’s Upper Valley Region.

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  • Donor-advised fund grants

    The Foundation works closely with generous people who manage their charitable giving through donor-advised funds. We work to connect these donors with our nonprofit partners – matching great work in New Hampshire communities with donors’ areas of interest.

    Please create an organizational profile on GrantSource (the profile is required to apply for most of the Foundation’s grant programs) to help us connect your work with donor interest, and to have funding needs listed on Greater Giving, our online giving platform for donors.

Grants for teachers, artists and public officials

  • Caroline L. Gross Fellowship

    Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016

    The Caroline L. Gross Fellowship honors individuals for their extraordinary work in public service.

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  • Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical

    Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    Each year, the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical awards a year-long leave of absence to an exceptional New Hampshire public school teacher.

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  • Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant

    Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016

    The Artist Advancement Grant Program provides financial support to individual visual artists and craftspeople in the Piscataqua Region to promote their artistic growth.

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  • Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship

    Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016

    The Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship program strives to raise public awareness about the value of excellence in education and to retain good teachers in the North Country schools of New Hampshire.

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  • Louise Tillotson Teaching Professional Development Scholarship

    Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016

    The Louise Tillotson Teaching Professional Development Scholarship offers North Country teachers scholarships for continuing education and professional development.

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  • Wendy Cahill
  • Community Grants Associate