The Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire AMP Grant Program 


Grants will be made to support novel, entrepreneurial and innovative ideas to solve pressing problems and critical issues facing New Hampshire. Think of it as civic R&D, allowing organizations to develop and test new solutions to community challenges and leverage investment to achieve impact.

In this section:

How to Apply and Deadline
Review Process and Applicant Commitment
Frequently Asked Questions

Must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if another public charity acts as a fiscal sponsor. The EFNH AMP Grant Program is a special grants program, so organizations that have applied to other programs at the Foundation (Community Grants, Wellborn, etc.) are still eligible to apply. Previous EFNH applicants and winners are also eligible.

In 2016, nonprofit organizations with projects that serve communities within the following Foundation service regions in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine: Manchester, Nashua, Piscataqua and Upper Valley.

How to Apply and Deadline

The EFNH application will be available through GrantSource beginning February 1, 2016 and applications are due Friday, March 25, 2016. Organizations that do not already have an account should login and complete their organizational profile; after which the EFNH application will be available to complete. The application is a brief quad chart and even bullet points are okay. In addition to standard text, web links to online resources (YouTube videos, your agency’s website, research documents, etc) are welcomed, but all of your information must fit within the word limit provided. 

Sample Application: Girls Inc. (PDF)

Sample Application: Post-Landfill Action Network (PDF)

Review Process and Applicant Commitment
Finalist organizations are required to attend their regional EFNH AMP Grant Event, a five-hour session that includes a Pitch Camp coaching session, one-on-one pitch mentoring with an entrepreneur, and a final pitch to EFNH members. EFNH members will participate in a live electronic vote to choose the winner of one $25,000 grant at each regional event.

Sample Pitch: Post-Landfill Action Network (YouTube Link)

All finalists will also have the opportunity to share how EFNH members can support your efforts through consultation or mentoring. In the past, several organizations have connected with entrepreneurs in the software, web-based, food production, energy, advanced materials and venture capital sectors. 

Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can’t attend pitch camp?
If you as the grant writer cannot attend pitch camp, please select another member of your staff or board of directors to attend. To be considered for the grant, someone must be able to attend to represent your organization.

Can we attend a pitch camp in another region?
No, you will be assigned a pitch camp based on your service area where your “pitch” will best resonate with the audience.

My organization is not in the Manchester, Nashua, Piscataqua or Upper Valley Regions. Can we still apply for this year’s grant?
If your organization is based outside of these regions but has an innovative project taking place in one of those regions, you can apply. If your organization is both located outside of these regions and whose service area is outside of those regions, you are not eligible.

What does EFNH mean by innovation?
Innovation is doing something different than the status quo. It's a willingness to eschew the beaten path, take the path less travelled, and try to make a bigger impact on outcomes or results beyond what the tried and true ways can produce. Done correctly and when given the right resources, innovative activities can produce far better outcomes and results than the same resources (time, attention and money) being spent in the legacy tried and true ways. The difference between the innovative results and the legacy results are the amplified benefit we seek to produce at EFNH. See sample applications from last year’s winners above.

For answers to additional questions, please contact Simon Delekta at email or 603 225-6641 ext. 22297.

Contact us:

Andrea Cotter
Adminstrative Coordinator
603-225-6641 ext. 1247

Tym Rourke
Director, Program Department and Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking
603-225-6641 ext. 1295

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