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Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund – Local Grants Program

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund supports projects in Coös County, NH and bordering communities in the United States and Canada that focus on community revitalization.

  • Geographic focus

    The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund has a preference for programs that benefit Coös County, NH as well as bordering communities in the United States and Canada. The Tillotson Fund considers applications that include these bordering communities as a significant part of a larger regional or international effort. Tax-exempt organizations and municipalities serving the MRC of Coaticook, Quebec are encouraged to apply.

  • 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 $20,001 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

    Thursday, January 14, 2021, or Thursday, July 15, 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern time

Application and grant process

Step 1

Determine eligibility and learn more about the program.

Read the instructions for applying to the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund — also available in French. For more information, please review the ‘Grantseeker Information Session’ delivered on November 12, 2020 (available in pdf and video). You may also register to attend the GrantSeeker Information Session on April 22, 2021.

Step 2

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 3

Complete the online application.

Answer the questions in GrantSource. Submit the application by 5:00 pm Eastern time on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Step 4

Receive funding.

Requests up to $20,000 will be notified of funding within three months after submission.

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 (usually 12 months), please submit a final grant report. Please note, that multiyear grants require an interim report at the end of each year of the grant period.

If you submitted a proposal prior to June 1, 2017, email your final grant report to Jean Clarke at jean.clarke@nhcf.org. Please include the name of your organization in the subject line of the email.

If you submitted a proposal after June 1, 2017, log in to GrantSource and submit your final grant report via the online portal.

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Phoebe Backler
  • Phoebe Backler
  • Senior Program Officer, Tillotson Funds
Jean Clarke
  • Jean Clarke
  • Tillotson Funds Manager