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Manuel Ramirez and Cecilia Ulibarri in front of a mural painted by Cecilia in the new headquarters of Positive Street Art in Nashua. Read more.

Manuel Ramirez and Cecilia Ulibarri in front of a mural painted by Cecilia in the new headquarters of Positive Street Art in Nashua. Read more.

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New Hampshire's nonprofit organizations help make New Hampshire a great place to live.
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of New Hampshire people, the Foundation awards thousands of grants every year to organizations doing critical work in our communities, and improving quality of life for all. Together, we are doing great things.

What we fund

Through our competitive grant programs, we fund programs and operations of qualified nonprofit organizations that advance health and well-being, environmental protection, education, housing and other basic needs, arts and culture, civic health and economic security.

We also make grants to nonprofit partners working in specific areas of strategic Foundation priorities — like improving mental health and preventing addiction and making sure that New Hampshire’s young people get the education they need to thrive.

And we work closely with generous donors to connect them with funding opportunities that match their areas of interest in fulfilling community needs. Please create an organizational profile on GrantSource to help us connect your work with donor interest.

Explore our grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations

  • Community Grants Program Deadline: Thursday, September 5, 2024

    Our Community Grants Program is open to nonprofits serving New Hampshire, and select bordering communities in Maine and Vermont, with a focus on efforts that advance equity, racial justice and economic security. Priority will be given to organizations or projects that serve and collaborate with residents who face barriers to basic rights and the ability to thrive based on: race or ethnicity, gender identity, age, socioeconomic background, geography, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability, religion and other factors. This grant program will award up to $15,000 per year for up to two years of unrestricted operating support or support for specific projects.

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  • Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation - Small Grants Program Deadline: Please check back in September for 2024 deadline

    The Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation small grants program is open to nonprofit organizations serving Strafford County residents working on access to care challenges. Access to care may include: substance use disorder, food security, housing, senior services, transportation and logistics, culturally appropriate care, awareness of services, care coordination and patient motivation.

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  • Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation - Targeted Grants Program Deadline: Please check back in September for 2024 deadline

    The Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation targeted grants program is open to nonprofit organizations focusing on increasing access to dental, maternal and mental/behavioral health care, serving Strafford County residents.

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  • Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund - Dash Grants Program Deadline: Rolling

    The Dash Grants Program supports projects that focus on sustainable community and economic development in Coös County, NH and communities in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont that share a border with Coös County.

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  • Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund - Local Grants Program Deadline: Thursday, January 18, 2024 or Thursday, July 18, 2024

    The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund supports projects in Coös County, NH and communities in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont and the MRC De Coaticook in Québec, Canada that share a border with Coös County. This grant program awards support of $20,000 or less to eligible organizations.

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  • Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund - Large Grants Program Deadline: Rolling

    The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund supports projects in Coös County, NH and communities in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont and the MRC De Coaticook in Québec, Canada that share a border with Coös County. This grant program awards support of $20,000 to $300,000 to eligible organizations.

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  • New Hampshire Library Technology Grant Program Please check back for 2024 deadline

    The New Hampshire Library Technology Grant Program awards grants of up to $10,000 to community libraries to support online access, technology upgrades, distance learning and staff development.

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  • Nonprofit Loan Program Deadline: Rolling

    The Nonprofit Loan Program is focused on strengthening nonprofits, helping them have greater impact in the community, through sound financial management and greater access to working capital.

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  • Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund Deadline: Wednesday, December 4, 2024

    The fund supports restoration, protection, and enhancement of the river, wetlands, and shore lands within the Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, VT and West Lebanon, NH.

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  • Wellborn Ecology Fund - School-based Project Grants Deadline: Rolling with final submissions for 2024 by Monday, December 2, 2024

    The Wellborn Ecology Fund is dedicated to using “the power of place” to increase environmental and ecological science knowledge in the Upper Valley. Since 2013, the Foundation has been focusing Wellborn resources to increase access to place-based ecology education for children and youth, with particular emphasis on K-12 and early childhood education centers in underserved communities.

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Grants for teachers, artists and public officials

  • Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2024

    The Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship honors individuals for their extraordinary work in public service.

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  • Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2024

    Each year, the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical awards a year-long leave of absence to an exceptional New Hampshire public school teacher.

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  • David M. Brooks Music Fund Deadline: Rolling with final submissions for 2024 by Monday, November 4, 2024

    The David M. Brooks Music Fund supports music education in New Hampshire’s public schools.

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  • Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship For 2024, the Charitable Foundation will not be accepting applications for the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship

    As part of the implementation of Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund’s new strategic plan, Foundation staff will be working with past fellowship recipients, plus other North Country educators and nonprofit partners to align the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship with the Tillotson Fund’s vision and principles, and determine the structure of the fellowship going forward.

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  • Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant Deadline: April 30, 2024

    The Artist Advancement Grant Program provides financial support to individual visual artists and craftspeople in the Piscataqua Region to promote their artistic growth.

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Our Grant Management staff can provide technical support for GrantSource and answer general grant program inquiries by phone at 603-225-6641 ext. 5 or email at tenagncc@aups.bet. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.