Charitable Foundation grants $3.3M to NH non-profits, including 7 in Manchester

10 percent of the $3.3M will be allocated to Manchester-based non-profits.

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NH Charitable Foundation

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has made $3,280,000 in grants through its Community Grants Program to support the operations of nearly 70 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 multi-year 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., $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 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 or call 603-225-6641.