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Community Practitioners Network

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund’s Community Practitioners Network (CPN) is a multi-year leadership-development program designed to advance the interests of the region by recognizing and investing in local talent that, with cultivation and support, have the potential to be world-class community leaders.

  • Eligibility

    Participants will consist of a diverse group of 15 community-minded individuals from Coös County, New Hampshire and surrounding communities in Vermont and Maine.

    This 18-month program will begin on March 27 and 28, 2019 and conclude in November 2020; program participants will meet every other month for two-day sessions. Overnight accommodations are provided and participants are encouraged to stay on site. Between sessions, participants will be asked to complete reading assignments and to have check-in calls. The time commitment for work between sessions averages 3-5 hours per month.

  • Program cost

    All costs to participate including mileage reimbursement, overnight accommodations and meals are covered by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

    Childcare reimbursements are also available.

  • Previous classes
  • Application deadline

    Please check back for 2022 application deadline.

Application and grant process

Step 1

Learn more about the Neil and Louise Tillotson Community Practitioners Network and determine eligibility for the program. 

Step 2

Prepare your application materials.

Download your Community Practitioners Network application, and prepare additional supporting materials:

  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

Step 3

Collect two letters of recommendation.

You will need two letters of reference, at least one personal. References should clearly describe:

  • Relationship to the applicant
  • Applicant’s outlook on the region and offer an example of how he/she supports the development of vital, prosperous local communities
  • Applicant’s ability to follow through on complex and demanding tasks
  • Applicant’s ability to collaborate with colleagues
  • Applicant’s openness to learning and trying new approaches

References can be emailed directly to Jean Clarke at jc@nhcf.org. Applicants are responsible for confirming receipt of reference letters by the application deadline of Monday, November 12, 2018.

Step 4

Submit application to Jean Clarke at jc@nhcf.org.

Please make sure all supporting materials are submitted with each completed application.

Step 5

Notified of selection status.


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Phoebe Backler
  • Phoebe Backler
  • Senior Program Officer, Tillotson Funds
Jean Clarke
  • Jean Clarke
  • Tillotson Funds Manager