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Community Grants Program

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.

  • Geographic focus

    Organizations serving New Hampshire and select bordering communities in Maine and Vermont (see list below) may apply. Organizations that are headquartered outside of the Charitable Foundation’s service area but provide services in New Hampshire (and the towns listed below) are eligible for project grants only, since funding will be restricted to work in this service area.

    North Berwick
    South Berwick

    West Fairlee
    West Windsor

  • Eligibility

    Eligible to apply:

    • Organizations that are 501(c)(3) public charities
    • Municipalities, religious-based nonprofits, private operating foundations, and programs with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible only for project-based grants to support charitable activities that are open to all community members

    Not eligible for this program:

    • Private, non-operating foundations
    • Public, charter, and private schools
    • Hospitals
    • Colleges/universities
    • State government agencies
    • Non-501(c)(3) organizations (without a fiscal sponsor)
    • Nonprofit organizations that have an active New Hampshire Charitable Foundation multiyear Community Grant (awarded in December 2022) or nonprofit partners receiving a Charitable Foundation initiative-based grant application invitation are not eligible to apply. For more information see our June 6, 2024 communication to nonprofits.
  • Grant amount

    We will accept applications for:

    • One or two years of grant support for up to $15,000 per year
    • Project-based or unrestricted grant support (organizations may only submit one application per year)
  • Other application considerations

    As part of the application review process, staff will consider the following:

    • That applicants are in good standing with the IRS, the NH Secretary of State’s office, and the Charitable Trust Unit of the NH Department of Justice. A financial trends analysis created through a nonprofit’s Candid profile will be downloaded as part of the application, if it is available.
    • How the organization’s mission and impact aligns with the focus of this grant program (see description at top of page).
    • Applicants’ main accomplishments in recent years and how organizations and/or projects are positioned for success.
    • For unrestricted applications: We will consider the timing of this request as it relates to the stability and focus of the organization. We will review the goals and strategies of the proposal, and organizational capacity to achieve the desired outcomes. We will consider the organization’s financial documents and if they indicate appropriate planning, management, and stability.
    • For project applications: We will consider if the project will address a critical community need, that the project budget is clear and that requested funding is appropriate to the size and scope of the project. We will also consider planned outcomes and plans for collaboration.
  • Application deadline

    Thursday, September 5, 2024, 5:00 pm Eastern time

    GrantSource application portal opens Monday, July 15, 2024

    • Completed applications can be submitted at any time after the GrantSource application portal opens and the review process will begin upon submission.
    • Grant decisions will be made and shared with applicants on a rolling basis through an initial email from GrantSource. Then, an official “notification of grant award” email will be sent, and checks will be mailed shortly after that notification.
    • All grant decisions will be communicated by Monday, December 2, 2024.


  • Frequently asked questions

Application and grant process

Step 1

Determine eligibility.

Carefully read the information provided above to determine if you are eligible, and read our frequently asked questions.

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 application by Thursday, September 5, 2024, 5:00 pm Eastern time.

Read the 2024 application requirements and questions. The GrantSource application portal will open Monday, July 15, 2024.

Step 4

Receive funding.

Grant decisions will be made and shared with applicants on a rolling basis through an initial email from GrantSource. Then, an official “notification of grant award” email will be sent, and checks will be mailed shortly after that notification.

All grant decisions will be communicated by Monday, December 2, 2024.

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


A brief final and/or interim (for two-year awards only) grant report will be due a year after the grant is awarded. Log in to GrantSource to submit your final report via the online portal. Please note that applicants who do not submit a final grant report will not be considered for future funding.

We're here to help

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 Thursday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.