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The Mary Gale Foundation

The Mary Gale Foundation (“MGF”) is a private, grantmaking foundation that supports housing, health and other in-home services and programs for low-income women age 65 and older living in the Greater Manchester area. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation accepts applications on behalf of the MGF, which has established a donor advised fund with the Foundation to support its grantmaking. This grantmaking program is open to nonprofit organizations.

If you are looking for funds to meet emergency or safety needs of an individual low-income senior woman, the Mary Gale Flex Fund, a project funded by the Mary Gale Foundation and administered by Easter Seals, may be of help. Contact them at MaryGaleFlexFund@eastersealsnh.org or 603-621-3485.

  • Geographic focus

    Funding is limited to organizations providing services in the greater Manchester area (Manchester, Bedford, Goffstown, Hooksett, Londonderry, Litchfield, Candia and Auburn).

  • 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.

  • Grant amount

    Amount of available grant support varies based on the proposal.

    Grants in recent years have ranged from $4,000 to over $100,000.

  • Types of projects funded

    Grants are generally targeted to programs, organizations and projects benefiting aged and needy women in Greater Manchester, with an emphasis on housing and in-home services, including transportation, deliveries, in-home nursing care, home visits, and other supports that help enable women 65 and older to remain in their own homes.

  • Recent grants

    See a complete list of 2020 grants.

  • Application deadline

    Please check back for 2022 application deadline

Application and grant process

Step 1

Determine eligibility.

Carefully review the information above. If you have additional questions about this grant program, please contact Deborah Schachter at 603‐225‐6641 ext 259 or deborah.schachter@nhcf.org.

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.

Use this template to prepare questions for the application.

Step 4

Receive funding.

If your project is funded, you will be notified in approximately six to seven weeks with funding to follow in January 2022.

Step 5

Publicize your grant.

If you are awarded funding and you’d like to share the good news, please credit support as coming from the Mary Gale Foundation.

Step 6


If your organization is submitting a new grant application before the conclusion of your most recent MGF grant (and the submission of your final report), please submit an interim report to enable the MGF trustees to understand how you have used this recent grant, as they consider your request for new funding. You may log into GrantSource and submit your interim report via the online portal by selecting “Create Progress Report” under the “My Reports” section of your dashboard.

Log into GrantSource to submit final reports on any completed grant your organization may have been awarded in fall 2020 and expended in 2021.

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Deborah Schachter
  • Deborah Schachter
  • Policy Advisor and Senior Program Officer, Capital Region