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Getting started
In 2012, we launched an online grants portal for applications. This system will make it easier for you to apply, keep your contact information current and track previous applications.

Step 1: Logging in

Organizations will need a username and password to access the GrantSource@NHCF. Only one account will be permitted per organization. Please use the email address of your executive director/primary organization contact to set up the account.

If you are a consultant applying on behalf of an organization, please contact the organization you represent as you will need to login with that organization's account information.

If you are unsure if your organization has been assigned an account, please contact Loretta Gomes at 800-464-6641 ext. 1283.


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Step 2: Complete an Organization Profile
The profile is where you fill out basic information about your organization. (This replaces our former application cover sheet and is also a resource for Foundation staff to share organization information with donors.)

If your organization created an account during the 2012 application cycle, please check it for correctness and completeness.


Before you apply, keep in mind that organizations can only receive one grant (express, project or operating) per year from the Community Grants Program.

Express Grant $5,000 or less
Complete your organization profile. Once complete, you will be able to view available applications. To apply, select Express Grant from the drop down menu and you will be directed to the Express Grant application.  Express grants may not be used for unrestricted operating expenses.

Please note: We may share Express Grant applications, or organization profiles, with Foundation donors whose interests align with the proposed work. 

Express Grant - Application Questions Template

Project Grants or Operating Support Grants of more than $5,000 and up to $20,000 (in regions) or $25,000 (statewide organizations)
In an effort to streamline the application process, we have implemented a concept paper as the first step in applying for a Project or Operating Grant. A concept paper is a brief application designed to save you time.

Please note: We may share concept papers, or organizational profiles, with Foundation donors whose interests align with the proposed work. 

You will be notified via email if your concept paper is accepted or declined. If your concept paper has been accepted you will be notified via email with instructions on how to access the full application. 

Please note: Being invited to submit a full application does not guarantee funding. We will invite more applications than we can fund.

Project Grant - Concept Paper Questions Template

Operating Support Grant - Concept Paper Questions Template

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Express Grant Deadline: Applications for Express Grants ($5,000 or less) The online grants portal GrantSource will be open on February 17, 2014 with deadlines for consideration on March 31, June 30 and October 10, with notification of award within 4-6 weeks of the deadline.  Express grants may not be used for unrestricted operating expenses. 

Project and Operating Support Grant Deadlines: Concept papers for Project and Operating Support Grants (more than $5,000) will be available beginning July 14, 2014 and due August 22. If your concept paper is accepted, you will be notified by September 12 and applications will be due on October 3. Final notifications of grant awards will occur by the end of December.

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