Henry E. Niles Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Northeast States to
Promote Education, Health, and Self-Sufficiency

GrantWatch ID#: 162434
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Henry E. Niles Foundation


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Grants to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont nonprofit organizations for activities in the areas of education, economic self-sufficiency, and health and independence. The Foundation focuses grantmaking on the Northeastern region of the USA. However, grants are occasionally made for programs in other regions or abroad.

The mission of the Henry E. Niles Foundation is to help in the nurturing and uplifting of people in need. The Foundation strives to support humanitarian efforts, including faith-based endeavors, that strengthen education including special education, literacy and others; fight economic hardships through self-help opportunities; and enhance public health and sanitation on a global basis.

The Board is currently highlighting the following areas:

1) Education – Included in this interest area are primary, secondary and higher education for those motivated individuals who are unable to obtain the benefits of quality education without assistance.

2) Economic Self-Sufficiency – This program area includes but is not limited to: job training, the encouragement and support of entrepreneurialism, mentoring, and micro-credit initiatives.

3) Health & Independence – Special interests here include medical and public health assistance for the elderly, the poor, the disadvantaged and the disabled.

Guiding Principles & Considerations:

-The Foundation favors programs addressing long-term solutions to the causes of problems, as distinguished from programs that simply treat the symptoms.

-The Foundation puts added emphasis on programs and organizations that address the intersection of its various program interests.

-The Foundation encourages pilot initiatives that test new program models.

-The Foundation has a particular interest in organizations that promote collaborative efforts among groups and organizations.

-Qualities sought by the Foundation in its grantee organizations are: effective and dynamic personnel; passionate leadership; a bias against bureaucracy; prudent management & governance practices; and commitment to results and overall assessment of program impact.

Grants may range from a few thousand dollars up to $100,000. In unique circumstances, the Foundation does consider a more significant grant for a program having a major impact in one or more of its areas of interest.

The Foundation may fund multi-year grants.

Organizations are eligible to submit one (1) application per calendar year. In the event that your organization is the recipient of a multi-year grant, your organization is eligible to submit a renewal request one (1) year after the last grant check is issued.

The majority of the Henry E. Niles Foundation's grantmaking is focused in the northeastern United States, although, occasionally, grants may be made in other regions of the country and/or abroad. However, any grant for international programs or projects will be made only through US tax-exempt organizations.

All applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

The applicant must have an active board of directors with policy-making authority. The board should demonstrate competence in the sound financial management of the organization.

Not Funded:
-Organizations not determined to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
-General fundraising drives;
-Government agencies; or
-Organizations that subsist mainly on third party funding and have demonstrated no ability or expended little effort to attract private funding.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Upon arrival, grant applications are reviewed for completeness by the Foundation's administrator and assembled into the meeting agenda packages which are sent to the Foundation's Directors approximately two weeks prior to the next scheduled board meeting.

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and the Board will review up to thirty-five (35) applications per meeting.

After evaluating an application, the Board will choose to: decline, approve, defer, request additional information, schedule a site visit, or invite the applicant for an interview.

Applicants, if declined, may not reapply for at least one year from the date of the application unless the nature or circumstances surrounding the request changes significantly. The subsequent application should describe these changes in full.

Upcoming 2016 Meeting Dates (subject to change):
-November 10th
-December 8th


Learn more about the Foundation's mission here:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ashley Garan, Administrator

Henry E. Niles Foundation, Inc.
c/o Smith & Grant LLP
9 Greenwich Office Park
P.O. Box 4459
Greenwich, CT 06831

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