16 Manchester-area nonprofits share in $262K from NH Charitable Foundation

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Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire $25,000 for its Bhutanese Mental Health Project.
Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire $25,000 for its Bhutanese Mental Health Project.

MANCHESTER, NH — Inner-city kids in Manchester will get to go to art classes. Jaffrey residents who have lost their homes will have a safe place to stay. Low-income families in Plymouth will have increased access to locally-grown, healthy foods. Community leaders in the Seacoast area will learn about shoreline management on Great Bay.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation recently announced more than $2.3 million in grants that will support dozens of Granite State organizations and nonprofits.  In all, 148 nonprofit organizations providing services throughout the state received grants from the Foundation’s Community Grants program. In the Manchester Region, 16 organizations received $262,000 in grants.

“These grants represent some of the best efforts that are strengthening our communities and helping our most vulnerable residents,” says Katie Merrow, vice president of community impact at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. “Our donors’ generosity makes it possible for the Foundation to support the state’s most effective nonprofits in meeting these critical needs.”

Manchester's Bhutanese community shares the same hopes and dreams we all do for our children.
Manchester’s Bhutanese community shares the same hopes and dreams we all do for our children.

The Community Grants program is a broad, competitive program that responds to community needs within New Hampshire and bordering communities by awarding grants across six areas: health and wellbeing, environment, education, economic development, civic engagement and arts and culture. The program is designed to strategically advance an organization by providing operating support; funding for innovation to increase efficiency and impact and/or reduce costs; and support for capacity-building activities or specific time-based projects.

The Community Grants program is just one of the ways in which the Foundation funds the work of New Hampshire’s nonprofit sector. As the state’s largest private funder of nonprofits, annually making more than 3,000 grants, the Foundation also awards grants through other competitive application programs, through proactive investments and through partnerships with donors who have established donor advised funds at the Foundation.

For more information about the Foundation’s grantmaking programs, please visit www.nhcf.org.

Grant awards were made to the following organizations in the Manchester Region:

Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire of Manchester, N.H. received $25,000 for its Bhutanese Mental Health Project, which is addressing the escalating mental health crisis in the community of recently resettled Bhutanese in New Hampshire.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem of Salem, N.H. received $14,000 for general operating support.

The Caregivers, Inc. of Bedford, N.H. received $10,000 to expand its client base and create additional food procurement sources.

City Year NH of Manchester, N.H. received $20,000 to expand its current development program to support and sustain the growth of its Whole School Whole Child program.

DreamCatchers New Hampshire of Manchester, N.H. received $3,000 to add three chapter sites.

Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color of Manchester, N.H. received $5,000 to increase visibility and outreach through a comprehensive marketing plan.

Granite Pathways of Manchester, N.H. received $20,000 for general operating support.

Inti Soccer Academy of Manchester, N.H. received $7,500 to support weekly art classes for inner-city children at the Currier Museum of Art.

Manchester Community Health Center of Manchester, N.H. received $20,000 for general operating support.

MC2 Charter School in Amherst, N.H. received $5,000 to serve youth with severe emotional disabilities.

Moore Center Services, Inc. of Manchester, N.H. received $15,000 to help seniors stay in a home environment for as long as possible, while also living the fullest life possible.

NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire of Manchester, N.H. received $20,000 for general operating support.

New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees of Manchester, N.H. received $25,000 to strengthen its efforts in welcoming immigrants and refugees to their new and adapted neighborhoods.

New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Inc. of Manchester, N.H. received $27,500 to support specialized legal services for immigrant and refugee victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Southern NH Area Health Education Center of Raymond, N.H. received $25,000 to draw on the expertise of New Hampshire’s leaders of color to train and develop a cohort of minority community leaders with the Equity Leaders Fellowship.

Southern NH Planning Commission of Manchester, N.H. received $20,000 to conduct a health impact assessment of the Gossler Park Elementary School neighborhood.

Full list of NH Charitable Foundation Grants


About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Established in 1962, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is driven by a vision for a stronger, more just, and resilient Granite State. In pursuit of this vision, the Foundation invests charitable assets for today and tomorrow; connects donors to effective organizations, ideas and people; and leads and collaborates on important public issues. Annually, the Foundation awards nearly 5,000 grants and scholarships totaling $30 million. Based in Concord, the Foundation roots itself in communities across the state through its staff, board of directors, and eight regional advisory boards. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.


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