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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.

The Tillotson Fund’s Empower Coos Youth Grants program is designed, implemented and led by our student committee members.  Organizations that benefit Coos and Essex County and all surrounding communities in New Hampshire and Vermont are encouraged to apply for funding.  Organizations must be recognized as a 501(c)3, municipality, school or place of worship for non-religious, non-denominated and inclusive programming to be eligible for an award.

The ECY program supports specific projects, operating expenses, planning, evaluation and technical assistance.  Grant requests can be up to $10,000 although preference will be given to those applications requesting up to $5,000.  

  • 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.

  • What we look for
    • Support environmental initiatives and programs that focus on reducing carbon emissions through education and awareness building or through direct carbon reduction practices.
    • Increase extracurricular activities for youth (ages 12 to 22) such as: programs and activities that build community, enhance environmental education awareness, or increase access to science, music, arts, and athletics.
    • Strengthen community engagement through events and public gatherings that enhance connection and togetherness.
  • 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. For requests over $5,000, initiatives and projects must show how they are planning for long-term impact in the region.

  • Recent grants

    See a complete list of Empower Coos Youth Program Grants.

  • Application deadline

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

    GrantSource will begin accepting applications January 1, 2021 

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

Report.

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