Grant Programs

Everyday, nonprofit organizations provide essential services to communities throughout the state. Without these organizations, many citizens would go without food or shelter, our treasured landscape would be at risk and our most vulnerable citizens would not have access to vital services such as health or dental care. Grant awards from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation support this critical work and aim to maximize the effectiveness of the sector. 

Each of our grant programs has unique guidelines, application processes and deadlines.

New: Some of our grant programs will be accepting online applications. See each grant program to learn more.

General Grants for the Community

Community Grants Program
The Foundation's Community Grants Program is our broadest competitive grant program that responds to community needs within New Hampshire and our border communities in Maine and Vermont. The types of grants and deadlines are as follows:

Express Grants - Grants up to $5,000 to support a focused set of activities conducted during a specified period of time and with clearly stated deliverables that further the organization’s mission. Express grants may not be used for unrestricted operating expenses. 
Deadlines: Applications are available beginning February 17 with deadlines for consideration on March 31, June 30 and October 10, with notification of award within 4-6 weeks of the deadline.

Project and Operating Support Grants - Grants greater than $5,000 and up to $20,000 for regional organizations and $25,000 for statewide organizations to support either specific projects or for unrestricted operating support.    
Deadline: Concept papers are available beginning July 14 with a due date of August 22. If an organization’s concept paper is accepted, they will be notified by September 12 and full applications will be due October 3. Final notifications of awards will occur by the end of December.

Learn more and apply >>

The Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire AMP NH Grant Program
Two $25,000 grants will be made to support novel, entrepreneurial and innovative ideas to solve pressing problems and critical issues facing New Hampshire. EFNH will invest in two NH-based projects that will have amplified benefit (meaning this grant will leverage far greater than $25,000 worth of value) with measurable results that reflect innovation and risk taking.
Deadline: Friday, August 1, 2014
Learn more and apply >>


Special-Purpose Grants for the Community
Funding for specific fields of interest or geographic areas.

Substance Use Disorders: New Hampshire Youth SBIRT Initiative
To fund adopton of SBIRT to prevent substance use among youth.
Deadline: The 2014 deadline has passed
Learn more and apply >>

Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund
For economic development, conservation and sustainable forestry, basic needs, and community safety net services in Coos County and bordering communities in Maine, Vermont, and Quebec.
Deadlines:  Monday, July 7, 2014
Learn more and apply >>

Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund
For work that will restore, protect, and/or enhance river shore land and wetland resources in the upper Connecticut River watershed, upstream of the White River confluence. 
Deadline:  The next deadline will be announced Fall 2014
Learn more and apply >>

Wellborn Ecology Fund
For environmental, ecology and place-based education programs in the Upper Valley.
Deadline:  Check back in February 2014
Learn more and apply >>


Grants for the Individual

Our programs advance the work of artists, civic leaders, and teachers.

Caroline L. Gross Fellowship
Allows a public official to attend a three-week summer seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Deadline:  Friday, February 7, 2014 
Learn more and apply >>

Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical
Offers a New Hampshire public school teacher the opportunity to pursue a self-designed project while on paid leave.
Deadline:  The 2014 deadline has passed.
Learn more and apply >>

Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant
Promotes artistic growth of visual artists and craftspeople in the Piscataqua Region of New Hampshire and Maine by providing financial support to meet professional development goals.
Deadline:  Check back in January 2014 
Learn more and apply >>

Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship
Honors North Country K-12 teachers with a $10,000 to $15,000 award for excellence in education.
Deadline:   Friday, April 25, 2014 
Learn more and apply >>

Louise Tillotson Teaching Professional Development Scholarship
Offers North Country teachers scholarships up to $1,000 for continuing education and professional development.
Deadline:  Friday, April 25, 2014
Learn more and apply >>


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