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The Community Grants Program funds proposals that address one or more areas below, including but not limited to the areas of particular interest noted.
- Health and Well-being
- Education (With a particular interest in proposals that advance best practices in early childhood development, such as training for childcare professionals and other approaches as described here.)
- Arts and Culture
- Civic Engagement (With a particular interest in problem solving at the local, regional or statewide level by means of these practices that foster effective civic dialogue and respect for differing views.)
In all the areas above, we have a particular interest in proposals that advance the following:
- Innovations that will support new ways of doing business that will reduce costs, create efficiency or increase impact.
- Advocacy; especially proposals that advance the interests of low-income and disadvantaged populations, where applicants seek to collaborate, share strategic leadership, or develop resources to benefit the wider advocacy field.
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We recognize the value of flexible funding support, so we will continue to expand our number of operating support grants. Operating grants are unrestricted funds that support an organization’s general operations as a whole rather than a particular project or capacity-building effort.
Applicants for operating support must demonstrate:
- Strong executive director, CEO or other senior staff (experienced, well-respected in the community, innovative, effective at management, leadership and communication, etc.)
- Board provides clear direction and is actively engaged in governance and success (Board organized in support of fundraising and other strategic plan goals, regular performance review for ED, use of board self assessment tool, good working relationship between the board chair and senior staff, etc.). This includes 100% board financial giving to the organization, a requirement beginning in 2012.
- Current, board-approved strategic plan, as well as consistent efforts at assessment and course correction.
- Sound fiscal policy, including diverse funding sources. Reviewed financial statements and preferably audited financial statements are required to apply for operating support.
- Track record of consistent program results or other accomplishments in furtherance of the organization’s mission
Project-specific proposals will still be considered, but the most competitive applications will demonstrate persuasively why now is a strategic time for us to support such project work, and that there are clear and realistic plans for how the work, if ongoing, will be sustained beyond the grant period.
Project grants support a focused set of activities conducted during a specified period of time and with clearly stated deliverables that further the organization’s mission. All funds awarded must be used for the costs of implementing the project. Projects may include efforts focused internally – on building the strength of the organization - or efforts focused externally – on delivering programs or services that meet community needs. We are particularly interested in projects that advance innovation.
We consider both single year and multiyear requests of up to three years. Organizations interested in submitting a multiyear proposal must contact us prior to submitting a proposal.
The maximum grant awards are:
Regions - $20,000
Statewide - $25,000
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We accept Community Grant applications from organizations that:
- Serve communities within our eight regions in New Hampshire which include select border communities in Maine and Vermont.
- Are public charities, 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 tax-exempt organization acts as a fiscal sponsor)
- Are public (state or municipal) agencies.
At this time we are unable to fund:
- Religious programs (although faith-based organizations are welcome to apply for nonreligious programs)
- Expenses already incurred or deficit reduction
- Capital campaigns for acquisition of land, buildings or renovations
- Replacement of public or government funding (In select cases, we will provide bridge support for organizations responding to a decrease in public funding, if the organization has a clear and realistic plan for long-term sustainability. Please contact us before submitting a proposal.)
- Academic research
- Programs to re-grant the funds to others
- Project proposals that have been declined by the Foundation more than once
- Grants to individuals
- Multiple grant proposals from one organization at one time
- Substance use disorder prevention, treatment or recovery supports services. The Foundation accepts proposals for this work on an invitation-only basis.
In general, an organization may receive one grant per year through our Community Grants Program.
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View a complete list of grant awards from our Fall 2012 application cycle.
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