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Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund – Large Grants Program

  • Geographic focus

    The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund focuses its grantmaking and work in Coös County, NH and communities in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont and the MRC De Coaticook in Québec, Canada that share a border with Coös County. Programs, projects or agencies that operate beyond these borders, provided they offer clear benefit to the people and landscapes of Coös County, may also be eligible for funding.

    Please contact us if you are unsure about geographical fit.

  • Eligibility

    Organizations recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS or CRA are eligible, including US nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, Canadian organizations with qualified donee status, tax-exempt public agencies, schools and municipalities. Other community groups and organizations that do not have U.S. or Canadian tax-exempt status may apply for funding if a 501(c)(3) organization, municipality or public agency acts as their fiscal sponsor.

    The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals, and will not knowingly make grants (including those recommended by donor-advised-fund holders), to organizations whose mission or programs promote hate, or run counter to principles of basic respect, justice and equity.

  • Grant amount

    Large Grants Program applicants may request between $20,000 and $300,000 (multiyear grants may request up to $100,000 per year for up to 3 years) and require a pre-application consultation with Jean Clarke, Tillotson funds manager at 603-225-6641 ext.238 or Wrna.Pynexr@aups.bet.

  • Recent grants

    2023 Large Grants 

    ADAPT/Youth Leadership Through Adventure, $40,000, to support operations and program delivery of YLTA.

    Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, $146,000, (over three years) to provide operating support and due diligence to expand into Coös County.

    Appalachian Mountain Club, $100,000, to support general operating costs in Coös County.

    Bethlehem Redevelopment Corporation/The Colonial Theatre, $120,000 (over three years), to provide operating support.

    Bethlehem Trails Association, $47,000, to support general operating costs.

    Catamount Arts, $240,000 (over three years), to provide operating support.

    Centre cultural et communautaire de Waterville, $31.275, to support general operations.

    Colebrook Kiwanis Foundation, $40,000, to support the design and development of a downtown park.

    Copper Cannon Camp, $100,000, for the construction of a covered sport court and pavilion.

    Coös Economic Development Corporation, $255,000 (over three years), to provide operating support.

    Gilman Housing Trust, $34,000 (over two years), to support the continuation of the Support & Services at Home (SASH) Program to serve Canaan and surrounding communities.

    Hereford Community Forest, $75,000, to construct an observation tower at the summit of Mt. Hereford.

    Kismet Rock Foundation, $30,000, to support operating costs.

    Musee Beaulne, $48,000, to provide landscaping, renovate a stone wall, build new steps and a ramp, and purchase outdoor lighting.

    NH-JAG, $130,000 (over two years), to provide programming to students in the Berlin area.

    NH Legal Assistance, $60,000, to support general operations in Coös County.

    Northern Forest Center, $75,000, to support operating costs.

    Parc Harold F. Baldwin, $23,714, to maintain and repair a trail system in the park.

    Pew-Owners Association of the Stark Union Church, $38,019, to support repair and renovation of the Stark Union Church’s structure.

    Radio Cooperative de Coaticook, $62,000, to renovate office and studio space.

    Town Of Whitefield, $39,253, to cover last mile grant funds needed to install a new fire station roof and solar array.

    Van Grimde Corps Secrets, $25,000, to support interdisciplinary art, historical & cultural activities in St-Malo/Malvina historical site.

    Vermont Food Bank, $90,000 (over three years), to support operations to address food insecurity in Essex County and surrounding communities in NH.

    White Mountain Science, Inc., $100,000, to support operating costs.

  • Application deadline

    Deadline: Rolling

    You can apply anytime between January 1 and December 31, 2024


Application and grant process

Step 1

Determine eligibility and learn more about the program.

Please review the PowerPoint (view French translation); the video/audio recording from the 2024 Grantseeker Information Session; and the Grantseeker Guide (English and French). If you have any questions, please contact Jean Clarke at Wrna.Pynexr@aups.bet.

Step 2

Contact staff to discuss your proposal idea.

Pre-application consultation is required. Please contact Jean Clarke, Tillotson funds manager at 603-225-6641 ext. 238 or Wrna.Pynexr@aups.bet.

Step 3

Create an organization profile and complete an application in GrantSource.

Visit GrantSource and create your organization profile by clicking on “Register here” located under “New to the system.”

All applications must be submitted via our online portal, GrantSource. We are no longer accepting paper or emailed applications.

Step 4

Receive funding. 

Requests for $20,000 or more will be notified of funding within three months after the submission of a full application.

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. You are welcome to contact Tillotson Fund staff at any time to discuss interim progress throughout a multi-year grant.

We're here to help

Phoebe Backler
  • Phoebe Backler
  • Senior Community Partner, Tillotson Funds
Jean Clarke
  • Jean Clarke
  • Tillotson Funds Manager
Sonya Salanti
  • Sonya Salanti
  • Director of Tillotson Funds