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Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund – Empower Coös Youth Grants Program

The Empower Coos Youth Grants Program supports programs in Coos County, NH and Essex County, VT and surrounding communities in both states that focus on reducing carbon emissions; increasing extracurricular activities for youth; and strengthening community engagement. This grant program awards support of up to $10,000 to eligible organizations.

  • Geographic focus

    The Empower Coös Youth Grants Program has a preference for programs that benefit Coös County, NH and Essex County, VT and surrounding communities in New Hampshire and Vermont.

  • Eligibility

    Organizations recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS are eligible, including US nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, tax-exempt public agencies, schools, municipalities, and places of worship for non-religious, non-denominational, and inclusive programming. Other student-led or community groups which do not have US tax-exempt status may apply for funding if a 501(c)(3) organization, municipality or public agency acts as their fiscal sponsor.

  • Grant amount

    The Empower Coös Youth Grants Program supports specific projects, operating expenses, planning, evaluation, and technical assistance. Grant requests can be up to $10,000, however, the program will give preference to those applications requesting up to $5,000.

  • Application deadline

    Thursday, January 14, 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern time

Application and grant process

Step 1

Determine eligibility and learn more about the program.

Read the instructions for applying to the Empower Coös Youth Grants Program. You may also review the ‘Grantseeker Information Session’ delivered on November 12, 2020 (available in pdf and video).

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 the online application.

Answer the questions in GrantSource (these questions are also listed in the instructions for applying). Submit the application by 5:00 pm Eastern time on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Step 4

Receive funding.

Requests up to $10,000 will be notified of funding within three months after submission.

Step 5

Share the good news.

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

Step 6


At the end of your grant period, you will be required to complete a final report. Log in to GrantSource to submit your final report via the online portal.

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Jean Clarke
  • Jean Clarke
  • Tillotson Funds Manager



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