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Kids in creative dance class at MoCo Arts in Keene. (Photo by Cheryl Senter).

Kids in creative dance class at MoCo Arts in Keene. (Photo by Cheryl Senter).

Charitable Foundation grants nearly $3.3 million in operating support to nonprofits

Funding from Foundation's Community Grants program is now focused entirely on providing multiyear operating support to nonprofits working all over New Hampshire

CONCORD, NH (PRESS RELEASE) — The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has made $3,280,000 in grants through its Community Grants Program to support the operations of nonprofits serving New Hampshire communities.

Grants will help connect young people with life-changing mentors, help elders live with dignity and independence, feed our neighbors in need, help the arts to flourish, improve the quality of early-childhood learning, boost our economy, protect natural resources, build workforce housing, safeguard civil liberties — and much more.

“New Hampshire’s nonprofits do heroic work that improves the quality of life for everyone in the state,” said Katie Merrow, vice president of community impact at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

In 2017, the Foundation announced that its Community Grants program, through which qualified nonprofit organizations apply for funding, would be dedicated to providing multi-year operating support starting in 2018.

“The nonprofit sector does amazing work under often challenging conditions. And nonprofits are always being asked to do more and innovate more,” Merrow said. “They need this kind of flexible capital that helps them meet their important missions.”

The change in the Foundation’s Community Grants program means that fewer total grants were awarded through this program than in recent years, but for larger amounts. And because the vast majority of grants made are for multiyear support, nonprofits will be able to spend less time and resources on re-applying for funding.

“We received many strong applications, which reflects wide need among nonprofits,” Merrow said. “We are proud to support this great work that is happening all across our state.”

The Charitable Foundation awards almost $40 million in grants each year. The Foundation administers multiple grant programs — some focused on specific regions, populations and issue areas — and also makes grants through donor-advised funds. The Foundation’s Community Grants program is a competitive application program open to all qualified nonprofits that serve New Hampshire in the areas of health and well-being, civic engagement, education, economic development, environmental protection and arts and culture.

Complete list of grants made in December, 2018 through the Charitable Foundation’s Community Grants Program:

Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, Inc., Franconia, $30,000

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of New Hampshire, $30,000

Bethlehem Redevelopment Association, $60,000

Bi-State Primary Care Association, Bow, $60,000

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, $60,000

Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, $60,000

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, $60,000

Cedarcrest, Inc., Keene, $60,000

Center for the Arts Lake Sunapee Region, New London, $10,000

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover, $60,000

Circle Program, Plymouth, $60,000

City Year New Hampshire, Manchester, $60,000

Community Council of Nashua, Inc. (Greater Nashua Mental Health), $60,000

Community Volunteer Transportation Company, Peterborough, $60,000

Concord Area Trust for Community Housing, $60,000

Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, $60,000

Concord Family YMCA, $60,000

Cross Roads House, Inc., Portsmouth, $60,000

Crotched Mountain Foundation, Greenfield, $60,000

Dover Adult Learning Center Inc., $30,000

Everybody Wins Vermont Inc., Montpelier, VT, $30,000

Front Door Agency, Nashua, $60,000

Haven, Portsmouth, $60,000

ingenuityNE, Bloomfield, VT, $30,000

Journeys in Education, Inc., Peterborough, $60,000

Keene Housing Kids Collaborative, $30,000

Keene Senior Citizens, Inc., $30,000

Kingswood Youth Center, Inc., Wolfeboro Falls, $60,000

Lake Winnipesaukee Association, Meredith, $30,000

Lakes Region Mental Health Center, Inc., Laconia, $60,000

Manchester Community Health Center, $60,000

Manchester Historic Association, $30,000

Mayhew Program, Bristol, $60,000

Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, Keene, $20,000

Monadnock Worksource, Peterborough, $60,000

MoCo Arts, Keene, $60,000

New Hampshire Association for the Blind, Concord, $10,000

New Hampshire Children’s Trust Inc., Concord, $60,000

New Hampshire Lakes Association Inc., Concord, $60,000

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, Concord, $60,000

New Hampshire Public Health Association, Concord, $30,000

New Hampshire Theatre Project, Portsmouth, $30,000

North Country Council, Littleton, $30,000

North Country Education Services Agency, Inc., Gorham, $60,000

Northern Forest Center, Inc., Concord, $60,000

Pemi Bridge House Inc., Plymouth, $60,000

Piscataquog Land Conservancy, New Boston, $30,000

Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, $60,000

Rochester Opera House, $60,000

Seacoast Family Promise, Exeter, $30,000

Spaulding Youth Center, Northfield, $60,000

St. Joseph Community Services, Merrimack, $60,000

Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence, Conway, $30,000

The Cornucopia Project, Inc., Peterborough, $60,000

The Granite YMCA, Manchester, $60,000

The Gundalow Company, Portsmouth, $30,000

The Pittsfield Youth Workshop, $30,000

The Way Home, Manchester, $30,000

Tiny Twisters Child Care Center, Franklin, $30,000

Upper Valley Haven, Inc., White River Junction, VT, $30,000

Upper Valley Hostel, Hanover, $30,000

Webster House, Manchester, $30,000

West Central Services, Inc., Lebanon, $60,000

White Mountain Community Health Center, Conway, $60,000

Willing Hands Enterprises, Lebanon, $60,000

Winchester Learning Center, $60,000

Women’s Information Services, Lebanon, $60,000

YMCA of Greater Nashua, $60,000

The next deadline for unrestricted grants through the Foundation’s Community Grants program is August 1, 2019. Visit www.nhcf.org/grants to learn more.

About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. The Foundation manages a growing collection of 2,000 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and awards almost $40 million in grants and almost $6 million in scholarships every year. The Foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, supports great work happening in our communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.