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Community Grants Program – Express Grants

In 2020, the Foundation’s Express Grants program is dedicated exclusively to meeting urgent needs related to the COVID-19 crisis.

Unrestricted grants of up to $5,000 will be made to nonprofit organizations serving the most vulnerable people in our communities.

  • 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

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

    In addition, we will make a grant through this program to:

    • Municipalities, only for support of programs to support vulnerable populations (see “What We Are Looking For”, below)
    • Public Schools for access to food for students
    • Religious Organizations, only for services that are non-discriminatory, non-sectarian and benefit the larger community (see “What We Are Looking For”, below)

    We will not make a grant through this program to:

    • County or State Government
    • Private Schools
    • Hospitals
    • Colleges and Universities
    • 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 Tym Rourke at 603-225-6641 ext 295 or Tym.Rourke@nhcf.org.)
    • Child care centers

    Organizations that receive an express grant may apply for a multiyear unrestricted community grant later this year. Organizations that received a multiyear unrestricted community grant in 2018 or 2019 may not apply for an express grant.

  • What we're looking for

    During this time of uncertainty, we recognize nonprofits of all types and missions need flexible, unrestricted support. We will focus our limited resources to support vulnerable communities and the nonprofits that serve them. As resources become available, we hope to open grant application opportunities to other nonprofits also impacted by the current national emergency.

    Nonprofits that serve vulnerable community members, including but not limited to:

    • Families and elders with low income
    • People with disabilities
    • Homeless and housing-insecure
    • Food insecure
    • Immigrants, refugees, and those with limited English proficiency
    • Child care for children from low-income families
    • Racial minorities affected by viral racism, hate crimes and bias resulting from COVID 19

    Applications could be related, but not limited to:

    • Maintaining staffing
    • Moving to remote work environments
    • Implementing procedures for the safety of staff
    • Supporting volunteers and clients (in places where services must continue to be delivered during the pandemic)
    • Increased expenses for supplies or services due to expected increase in clients
    • The loss of fundraising or ticket sale receipts
    • Cash flow/budgetary implications related to strains on the economy
  • Grant amount

    Up to $5,000

  • Recent grants

    See a complete list of 2019 Express grants.

  • Application deadline

    Friday, May 29, 2020, 5:00 pm Eastern time
    GrantSource will begin accepting applications on 
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    This program is scheduled to close on Friday, May 29. This deadline is subject to change (possibly moved later) as we continually assess the evolving situation.

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.

We have streamlined our profile requirements to make this process as quick and easy as possible. If you need assistance accessing GrantSource or creating a profile, contact Wendy Cahill at Wendy.Cahill@nhcf.org or Gale Dean at Gale.Dean@nhcf.org.

Step 3

Complete and submit the online application.

Answer the following questions in GrantSource. How is your work (and/or organizational health) being impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic?  What are your organization’s needs, now and in the future, because of this impact?

Please provide whatever information you feel is important, but please note that we only expect a brief response of around 300-500 words.

No project budget is required.

Step 4

Receive funding.

Applicants will receive a funding decision within two weeks of grant submission.

We're here to help

  • Wendy Cahill
  • Senior Community Grants Associate



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