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Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund – Large Grants Program

  • Geographic focus

    We focus our investments on efforts to improve the well-being of the people and landscapes of Coös County, NH and communities that are directly adjacent to Coös County in the United States and Canada.

    We fund programs, projects or agencies that operate beyond these borders provided they offer clear benefit to the people and landscapes of Coös County.

    We also fund organizations, programs and projects based in the MRC de Coaticook, Québec, Canada.

    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.

  • Grant amount

    Local Grants Program applications may request up to $20,000 and undergo a faster review process requiring a single submission of an application.

    Large Grants Program applications may request between $20,000 and $300,000 (multiyear grants may request up to $100,000 for three years) and require a concept paper submission first. Selected organizations are then invited to submit a full proposal.

  • Previous grants

    See a complete list of 2021 grants

  • Application deadline

    Deadline: Rolling

    You can apply anytime between January 4 and December 1, 2023.


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 Grant Seeker Information Session held on November 9, 2022; and the “how to apply” instructions (also available in French). If you have any questions, please contact Jean Clarke at Jean.Clarke@nhcf.org.

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 Jean.Clarke@nhcf.org.

Step 3

Create an organization profile 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

Complete the online application in GrantSource.

Answer the questions in GrantSource.

Step 5

Wait for staff contact.

Requests for more than $20,000 will be notified in three months, and selected proposals will be invited to submit a full application.

Step 6

Receive funding. 

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

Step 7

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 8


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 Program Officer, Tillotson Funds
Jean Clarke
  • Jean Clarke
  • Tillotson Funds Manager
Sonya Salanti
  • Sonya Salanti
  • Director of Tillotson Funds