How to Apply

 

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            Eligibility
            Evaluation criteria
            Recent grants
            How to apply
            Resources
            Selection process
            Questions?

Eligibility
The fund will accept proposals from organizations delivering programs in Colebrook, Pittsburg, Clarksville, Stewartstown, Dixville and other towns in Coos County, New Hampshire as well as bordering communities in the U.S. and Quebec, Canada.

Organizations recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS are eligible, including U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, Canadian organizations with Qualified Donee status, tax-exempt public agencies, and municipalities. Other community groups and organizations that do not have U.S. or Canadian tax-exempt status may apply for funding if a 501(c)(3) organization, municipality or public agency acts as their fiscal sponsor.

Nonprofit organizations and community groups working in the areas of economic development, education, basic needs, and community safety net are encouraged to apply.

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Evaluation criteria
The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund has identified three priority areas for grantmaking:

  • Economic development
    Initiatives that strengthen the region’s infrastructure for economic growth, provide support for entrepreneurs and small business owners, blend economic development with the conservation, stewardship and use of natural and cultural resources and increase and enhance public use of the region’s natural and cultural resources.
  • Education
    Initiatives that emphasize project- and community-based learning, provide leadership development, support learning environments to enhance communication, provide opportunities for collaboration, foster meaningful relationships, and enable students to set and achieve goals, blend education with the conservation, stewardship and use of natural and cultural resources, and emphasize the development of strong regional networks for youth and young people inside and outside the school environment. 
  • Basic Needs and Community Safety Net
    Initiatives that improve access to comprehensive, high-quality health and mental health care services, expand opportunities for safe and healthy transportation, shelter and housing, provide support for families and children at risk, and improve access and availability to safe, affordable and healthy foods.

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Recent grants
View a complete list of grant awards from our last application cycle.

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How to apply

  1. Download application cover sheet and application instructions (English or French). (PDFs) Tillotson applications are NOT available in GrantSource at this time, so please apply via email.
  2. Complete cover sheet.
  3. Develop a project narrative.
  4. Collate all application materials: cover sheet, project narrative, and required attachments as listed in the application instructions.
  5. Completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 6, 2014 or Monday, July 7, 2014.
  6. We prefer to receive grant applications via email. Please email, following submission instructions in the application guidelines, to grantapp@nhcf.org. Your organization will receive an automated reply when the email is received to acknowledge delivery of your application.
  7. If you cannot submit your application electronically, you can mail or hand deliver it by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline to:

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-4005

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Resources
Tillotson Grant Seeker Information Session Slides (PDF)

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Selection Process
For applications up to $20,000 the process is as follows:
Program staff review applications for completeness. Then a local grants committee reviews applications based on their merit.  The Neil and Louise Tillotson Advisory Committee approves or declines applications at regularly scheduled meetings. Applicants are notified of decisions by mail within three months of applying.
 
For applications of $20,000 and up to $100,000 the process is as follows:
Program staff review initial concept paper application for completeness. Then, they review concept papers based on their merit. Staff typically calls someone from your organization to discuss the proposal and may also contact other knowledgeable people in the community to further our understanding of your proposal, your organization and your field.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Advisory Committee selects concept papers for further consideration at regularly scheduled meetings. Concept paper applicants are notified of decisions within three months of applying.

Staff works with selected applicants to prepare a detailed application, including work plan, budget and evaluation plan. The advisory committee considers final applications and approves or declines final applications at regularly scheduled meetings. Applicants are notified within two months of final application. Total timeframe is typically six months.

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Questions?
For further information, please contact Tillotson Fund staff:

Kirsten Scobie, director of Tillotson Funds, by email or 603-225-6641 ext. 1280 

Jean Clarke, Tillotson program specialist, by email or 603-225-6641 ext. 1238

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