Press Release

For Release: February 10, 2009

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation awards $1.8 million in competitive grants


CONCORD, New Hampshire – The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced the recipients of its most recent competitive grant cycle. A total of more than $1.8 million in 137 grants has been awarded to organizations serving statewide in a wide variety of areas, as well as organizations serving seven specific regions of the state.

"These grants are made possible through the generosity of donors reaching out to address a community need.  The application process is competitive and the programs and services selected will have a direct impact on the quality of life in our communities – today and in the future," said Katie Merrow, Vice President of the Program Department, which makes more than 3000 grants to nonprofits and 1500 student aid awards annually.

The Charitable Foundation makes grants in a wide variety of areas including the arts and humanities, health, education, environment, and advocacy, among others. While some grants are made for ongoing services, others are aimed at new initiatives, such as a $25,000 grant to the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire to address an alarming increase in traumatic brain injury (TBI) among soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Patients with TBI often struggle with misdiagnosis, memory and other challenges that make it difficult to remain employed. An estimated 10% of the New Hampshire National Guard Troops sent oversees will return home with TBI, with similar percentages from other military branches. This grant will assist the Brain Injury Association in working closely with the New Hampshire National Guard to build an infrastructure to support military personnel and their families struggling with traumatic brain injury.

Other grant recipients include: the Granite State Organizing Project, receiving $25,000 to support its advocacy for health and wellness services across the state and Breathe New Hampshire, receiving $25,000 to launch a new Youth Empowerment Program to engage young leaders in matters that impact breathing, such as tobacco use, air quality and the environment.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation provides grants to organizations working to strengthen the state's cultural heritage, such as the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, which will use its $25,000 grant to help preserve New Hampshire's historic buildings. It assists those providing financial aid (such as Bonnie CLAC, which makes ownership of new cars affordable through guaranteed low interest loans), and those supporting education and conservation (including a $50,000 grant to the New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition to help children and families reconnect with nature for health, fun and educational benefits.)

The Foundation's grants also serve a diverse range of New Hampshire's citizens. Crotched Mountain Foundation received $10,000 to evaluate, implement and oversee home modifications for low-income disabled, chronically ill and elderly adults. New American Africans received $5,000 to provide a culturally appropriate after-school program for African refugee youth from ages 10 to 17 Gedakina, Inc. received $15,000 to support its work serving Native American youth and families in New Hampshire.

In addition to its statewide grants, the Charitable Foundation makes regional grants though its seven regions: Lakes, Manchester, Monadnock, Nashua, North Country, Piscataqua, and Upper Valley. As with the statewide grants, these awards address a wide variety of health, education, civic, cultural, conservation, and other needs.

Grants have been made to the following nonprofit organizations:

Advocates for Community Empowerment (ACE) received $5,000 to support the Democracy School Project, which educates citizens and municipalities on how to create sustainable futures through innovative local law-making.

Bonnie CLAC received $25,000 for operating support for its New Hampshire work.

Brain Injury Association of NH received $25,000 to expand the capacity to support NH service men and women returning home from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan with brain injuries.

Breathe New Hampshire received $25,000 to fund a statewide youth empowerment summit, which will be the launch of a new Youth Empowerment Program.

Child and Family Services of NH received $20,000 to measure outcomes for adolescent substance use and to provide substance abuse treatment services.

Crotched Mountain Foundation received $10,000 to evaluate, implement and oversee home modifications for low-income disabled, chronically ill and elderly adults.

Curtains Without Borders received $5,000 to develop an initial NH inventory of historic painted scenery and the historic buildings that house such scenery.

Farmsteads of New England, Inc. received $4,300 to develop a three-year strategic plan and marketing plan for program expansion to serve more persons with autism.

Foundation for Healthy Communities received $4,000 to convene a statewide conference for health care providers on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care.

Gedakina, Inc. received $15,000 to strengthen organizational capacity to increase the reach and effectiveness of NH initiatives serving Native American youth and families.

Granite State Organizing Project received $25,000 to create cohorts of grassroots leaders trained to work for improved health and wellness outcomes and to advocate for culturally competent, affordable and accessible health and wellness services.

Independent Sector received $5,000 to respond to current challenges to charitable tax exemptions through the Defining the Charitable Community Initiative.

Krempels Brain Injury Foundation received $70,000 to support the development and implementation of programs for survivors of brain injury.

Leadership New Hampshire received $5,000 to hire a professional consultant who will work with the Board and Development Committee to develop a plan to increase fundraising to address scholarship and sponsorship needs.

Media Power Youth received $25,000 to provide consulting and operating support to help meet statewide demand for programs that empower youth to make healthy, safe choices.

NAMI New Hampshire received $24,970 to build marketing and communications capacity to reach more NH residents affected by mental illness in order to reduce the burden of mental illness and improve help-seeking behavior.

New American Africans received $5,000 to provide a culturally appropriate after-school program for African refugee youth from age 10-17.

New England Coalition for Sustainable Population received $5,000 to increase publicly available information regarding the beneficial relationship between stabilized human population and sustainable development.

New Hampshire Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission received $5,000 to support a statewide project to promote greater civic participation and education via a slate of events, programs, and educational vehicles that advance the ideals of Abraham Lincoln.

New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits received $25,000 to support a new Advocacy Director position.

New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition received $50,000 to build capacity to reconnect children and families with nature for health, fun and educational benefits.

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund received $50,000 for general operating support.

New Hampshire Disaster Animal Response Team (NH-DART) received $5,000 to develop tools and materials for outreach and development leading to self-sustainability.

New Hampshire Food Bank received $2,160 to purchase GPS units for six New Hampshire Food Bank delivery and pick-up vehicles.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance received $7,000 to increase public awareness, understanding and financial support of civil legal aid in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance received $25,000 to complete a three-year strategic plan to transition to increased capacity and effectiveness.

New Hampshire Public Radio received $25,000 for general operating support.

Odyssey NH received $75,000 to provide three years of operating support that will assist the agency in meeting its three-year strategic plan.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Action Fund, Inc. received $25,000 to expand capacity to influence public policy by engaging activists in Nashua and Plymouth.

Plymouth State University received $4,960 to convene a conference for health care professionals, mental health professionals and school personnel focused on eating disorders and body image issues.

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA received $10,000 to provide information and technical support regarding new opportunities for New Hampshire organic and transitioning farmers.

The Society for the Protection of NH Forests - $50,000 for two years, general operating support.

UNH Office of Sponsored Research - Humanities Center received $25,000 to partially fund an oral history project focusing on immigrants and refugees.

UNH Office of Sponsored Research - NH Farm to School received $19,544 to design, implement, and evaluate a statewide vegetable program for the New Hampshire Farm to School (NHFTS) Program.

UNH Office of Sponsored Research-Carsey Institute received $25,000 to support The Carsey Institute's outreach and engagement work and core demographic and socioeconomic studies in New Hampshire.

Concord Heights Neighborhood Family Center received $5,000 to expand opportunities for pre-school, parenting, and family literacy programs for recent refugee and immigrant families.

Greater Derry Oral Health Collaborative Corporation received $11,432 to deliver dental programs to all Salem elementary schools and develop sustainable funding.

Greater Derry/Greater Salem Regional Transportation Council received $25,000 to complete CART's transition to becoming an independent FTA recipient and expanding CART's regional transportation broker role.

New Hampshire Network of Child Advocacy Centers received $24,780 to help in bridging from a project within UNH to an independent non-profit.

Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association received $20,000 for lighting and installation at Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park.

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 awarded more than $34 million in grants and scholarships in 2008. 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 seven regional advisory boards. More information is available at, or by calling 603-225-6641.

For further information, please contact:
Julia Olivares, 603-225-6641 ext. 1244 or e-mail
Kristen Oliveri, 603-225-6641 ext. 1267 or e-mail

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