Career Pathways Partnership Grants Program

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire have launched the Career Pathways Partnership grants program to create career pathways for New Hampshire public school students — by supporting partnerships led by local chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations or school districts that work collaboratively with area businesses and educational institutions.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support workforce development efforts including work-based learning experiences for students, career exploration programs, dual enrollment programs, credential or certification programs and formal high school and post-secondary learning experiences.

  • Geographic focus

    Projects must be designed to benefit students who attend New Hampshire public schools

  • Eligibility

    Applicants must represent one of the following:

    • A New Hampshire-based Chamber of Commerce with 501(c)(6) designation (See note below on fiscal agent requirements);
    • A nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) designation that operates within New Hampshire; or
    • A New Hampshire public school or school district.

    Fiscal agent requirements for chambers of commerce 501(c)(6)
    New Hampshire-based chambers of commerce that apply as a registered 501(c)(6) organization must have a New Hampshire 501(c)(3) organization serve as the fiscal agent. Chambers may utilize an existing fiscal agent (if one has been used by the organization in the past and that organization is a New Hampshire 501(c)(3) organization). Chambers of commerce requiring assistance in locating an appropriate fiscal agent should contact Sara Colson at the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire to request guidance, scolson@BIAofNH.com, 603-224-5388 ext 116.

  • What we look for

    This is a competitive grants program. As such, applications will be considered based upon their respective strengths and the degree to which the proposed project addresses the following goals:

    • Targets New Hampshire public school students;
    • Formalizes a collaboration between parties, including at least one local employer, the local chamber of commerce (if one exists), the public school or school district, and a post-secondary institution — career trade school, college, or university (post-secondary participation is strongly encouraged and preferred);
    • Promotes student participation in career pathway experiences with at least one employer and those experiences result in the awarding of high school credit and post-secondary credit (post-secondary credit is strongly encouraged and preferred);
    • Includes comprehensive strategies aimed at providing access that results in participation by students who are farthest from opportunity;
    • Includes anticipated outcomes for both students and employers;
    • Includes a comprehensive proposed budget. (Chambers of commerce may direct no more than 50 percent of overall project costs to support chamber operating expenses).
  • Grant amount

    Grant applications may be submitted for up to $10,000 in maximum funding, though not all grants will receive this maximum grant award.

    Successful applicants may apply for a second round of funding in 2021 once they submit a final grant report for their initial grant.

  • Application deadline

    Friday, February 28, 2020, 5:00 pm Eastern time
    Online application opens Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Application and grant process

Step 1

Determine eligibility.

Carefully read the information provided above to determine if you are eligible.

Step 2

Log in or create a new profile in GrantSource.

Log in to GrantSource, update your profile and access open applications. If you have never applied, please create a new profile using the “Register here” button.

Step 3

Complete and submit the online concept paper by 5:00 pm Eastern time on Friday, February 28, 2020.

GrantSource will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Step 4

Receive funding.

If your application is funded, you will be notified in March 2020.

Step 5

Publicize your grant.

If you are awarded funding and you’d like to share the good news, please refer to our grantee press kit.

Step 6

Report.

At the end of your grant period, you will be required to complete a final report. Applicants who do not submit a final grant report will not be considered for future funding.

Log in to GrantSource and submit your progress or final report via the online portal.

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  • Wendy Cahill
  • Senior Community Grants Associate
Michael Turmelle
  • Michael Turmelle
  • Director of Education and Career Initiatives