Press Release 

For Release:  January 25, 2010

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation awards more than $6 million

More than 900 awards made to nonprofits, ranging from Nashua to Berlin and from Keene to Portsmouth

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announced today recent grant awards of nearly $6.4 million. More than one-third of the total went to health, human services and basic needs.

“Our grants this quarter reflect the tough times our communities are facing; with 37 percent of the total awarded to programs that provide health and human services or address basic human needs, ” said Katie Merrow, vice president of the program department.

More than half of the award dollars from the quarter, roughly $3.6 million, were directed by donors through donor advised funds. The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund’s competitive grants accounted for about $1 million of the quarter’s total. Approximately $1.8 million in grants were awarded through the general application cycle, a competitive process that happens twice a year. The following summarizes the most recent of this competitive grant activity (with one example), totaling 145 awards.

Grants to statewide and multi-region organizations totaled 23 awards. One example: $45,000 to the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire to create a comprehensive plan to improve access to mental health services for youth with Acquired Brain Disorders (ABD).

The Capital Region has 12 area nonprofits that are grant recipients from this competitive cycle. One example: $25,000 to the Concord Family YMCA to increase its membership base in order to improve sustainability.

The Lakes Region advisory board approved 11 competitive grants. One example:  $15,000 to Green Mountain Conservation Group to engage youth in environmental stewardship. 

The Manchester Region advisory board approved six competitive grants. One example: $15,000 to the Manchester Continuum of Care to support the establishment of a Homeless Services Center.

The Monadnock Region advisory board approved 34 competitive grants. One example: $2,500 to Arts Alive! Inc. to support the Economic Impact Survey.

The Nashua Region advisory board approved 12 competitive grants. One example:  $15,000 for second year of funding to NH Project Learning Tree.

The North Country Region advisory board approved 20 competitive grant awards. One example: $15,000 to Northern Human Services for the planning and implementation of sustainable evidence-based mental health practices.

The Piscataqua Region advisory board approved 12 competitive grants. One example: $20,000 to New Hampshire River’s Council to conduct outreach in the Great Bay Watershed to decrease non-point source pollution.

The Upper Valley Region advisory board approved 15 grants. One example: $11,000 to Family School Connections to support SKY (Supporting Kindred Involvement in Youth) program at Claremont Middle School to address the needs of children of incarcerated parents.

For a complete listing of grantees from this most recent competitive grant cycle, click here.

Outside the government, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the largest grant-maker to nonprofits in the state, annually making more than 3000 grants. There are two general competitive grant cycles: one that starts in the spring and the other begins in the fall. The spring 2010 application deadlines are Monday, March 1 (express proposals) and Thursday, April 1 (community impact proposals). Interested applicants are invited to visit

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 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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Kristen Oliveri
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