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Community Grants Program – Express Grants

This competitive grant program awards project support (for a set of activities conducted during a specified period of time) of $10,000 or less to nonprofit organizations working in New Hampshire and selected communities in Maine and Vermont.

  • Geographic focus

    Projects serving New Hampshire and selected communities in Maine and Vermont within the Foundation’s eight regions: Capital, Lakes, Manchester, Monadnock, Nashua, North Country, Piscataqua and Upper Valley.

  • Eligibility

    Must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a municipality or other subdivision of government. Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if another public charity acts as a fiscal sponsor.

    We will not make a grant through this program to:

    • Public and Private Schools
    • Hospitals
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Religious Organizations, except for services that are non-discriminatory, non-sectarian and benefit the larger community
    • Organizations exclusively focused on substance use disorder prevention, treatment or recovery support services. (For information about the Foundation’s grantmaking and other work in this area, please contact Traci Fowler at 603-225-6641 ext 243 or Traci.Fowler@nhcf.org.)

    Organizations that received a multiyear unrestricted community grant in 2019, 2020 or 2021 may not apply for an Express grant.

  • Grant amount

    Up to $10,000

  • Recent grants

    See a complete list of recent Express grants

  • Application deadline

    Please check back at the end of February for 2023 deadline

  • Frequently asked questions

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.

If you need assistance accessing GrantSource or creating a profile, contact Wendy Cahill at Wendy.Cahill@nhcf.org.

Step 3

Complete and submit the online application by Friday, May 6, 2022.

Prepare answers for the application questions. Answer the questions in GrantSource.

You will also be required to submit a budget showing revenue and expenses for this project.

Step 4

Receive funding.

Applicants will be notified of final decisions via email.

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  • Wendy Cahill
  • Senior Community Grants Associate