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For Release:  July 19, 2012

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund awards $300,000 in grants

CONCORD, NH – The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has awarded 21 grants totaling $312,971. Grants were awarded to municipal, educational, and nonprofit organizations throughout northern New Hampshire and bordering communities in Vermont and the MRC of Coaticook in Quebec. Applications focusing on education, economic development, basic needs, and community safety net, were submitted on April 2, 2012 and grant awards range from $1,500 to $75,000.

Established in 2006, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund is a donor advised fund guided by the 11 members of the Tillotson Advisory Committee. Bob Wells, chair of the committee said, "It is an exciting time to be working in the communities that Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson held with such high regard.  Going forward it is our hope that the immediate and long-term impact will make a real difference in the lives of northern New Hampshire’s residents."

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund was established with the philosophy of Neil Tillotson in mind:  Be humble, be creative and be kind. Fund goals include:  strengthening existing institutions; addressing gaps in services to meet community needs; supporting new and emerging leaders, shaping public policy; preserving natural, cultural and social assets; and leveraging public and private funding.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund accepts proposals from eligible organizations providing services in Colebrook, Pittsburg, Clarksville, Stewartstown, Dixville and other towns in Coos County as well as bordering communities in Quebec, Canada and the United States. The fund is also interested in applicants that serve these communities as part of a larger regional effort. The next application deadline is Monday, October 1, 2012. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.nhcf.org/tillotson for eligibility requirements, application guidelines and forms, and answers to frequently asked questions. For more information contact Jean Clarke at 800-464-6641 ext. 1238 or jc@nhcf.org.

The following grants were awarded:

American Legion Post #47, of Canaan, Vermont, received $8,640 to replace the boiler and hot water heaters with more efficient systems.

Area Churches Working Together, of Colebrook, received $9,000 to purchase food for emergency food assistance programs.

Berlin & Coos County Historical Society, of Berlin, received $3,293 to revive local equestrian history by supporting a Maynesboro Stud 100th Memorial Horse Ride.

Cohos Trail Association, of West Stewartstown, received $7,000 to expand trail infrastructure and construct additional sign kiosks.

Coos and Essex Agricultural Society, of Lancaster, received $10,058 to create a permanent hands-on, interactive agricultural experience for children under 12 at the Lancaster Fair.

Corporation touristique regionale, de Coaticook, Quebec, received $19,700 to purchase new tents and other shared equipment to benefit co-sponsored regional community events.

Helping Hands, of Colebrook, received $4,000 to purchase food and additional fresh produce from the New Hampshire Food Bank.

Kismet Rock Foundation, of North Conway, received $11,000 to provide partial scholarships for 11 Coos County students to participate in leadership development summer climbing programs.

Les Amis du Patrimoine de Saint-Venant-de-Paquette, Quebec, received $5,000 to further develop the poetry walking path and provide bi-lingual signage.

Maison des Jeunes, de Coaticook, Quebec received $20,000 to renovate the youth center into an arts studio and cultural meeting spot.

Metallak ATV Club, of Colebrook, received $20,000 to develop and maintain new ATV connector trails incorporating Dixville, Colebrook and Canaan into the North Country trail system.

Mount Washington Observatory, of North Conway, received $75,000 to perform a complete upgrade and renovation of the museum facility on the summit of Mount Washington.

NFI North County Shelter, of Jefferson, received $5,000 to repair structural elements, certify staff, and reopen the ropes course for school and community use.

North Country Chamber of Commerce, of Colebrook, received $1,500 to implement a new internet and social media marketing campaign for the Moose Festival.

North Country Cooperating Churches, of Colebrook, received $7,540 to continue supporting operations for the community meals program serving free weekly meals to residents in Colebrook and surrounding communities.

Pittsburg Elementary School, of Pittsburg, received $19,590 to renovate and provide quality recreational playground facilities.

Plymouth State University, of Plymouth, received $28,285 to provide stipends for candidates enrolled in the 2012-2014 North Country Teacher Certification Program and complete a documentary highlighting the program model.

Regie intermunicipale de protection incendie, Quebec, received $7,730 to purchase and install eight defibrillators throughout the MRC of Coaticook.

St. Kiernan's Community Center for the Arts, of Berlin, received $22,135 to complete the final phase of a complete overhaul of the heating system for the center.

Town of Lancaster received $10,000 to complete a comprehensive review of land use ordinances and establish a set of publicly endorsed recommendations to effectively guide the town's community and economic development.

White Mountain Ridge Runners, of Berlin, received $18,500 to purchase emergency response equipment and improve remote rescue response for hikers, snowmobilers and ATV riders.

About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation serves communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont. The Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and corporations, and awards approximately $30 million annually in grants and scholarships. The Charitable Foundation is non-partisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues. Based in Concord, the Charitable Foundation roots itself in the communities through regional advisory boards. More information is available at www.nhcf.org or by calling 603-225-6641.

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