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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
02/22/19 5:00 PM
Grants to Vermont and New Hampshire nonprofits or agencies for projects that will improve and strengthen the Connecticut River watershed area. Pre-application consultation is required. Applicants are required to submit a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. Projects should seek to enhance, restore, and protect the river, shore lands, and wetlands.
Eligible locations are within the Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, Vermont and West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Projects within the White River sub-watershed will be considered ONLY when those projects offer “exceptional environmental benefits not available in the upper Connecticut River watershed.” Please see the eligibility map in Supporting Documents below for more information.
Proposals should address one or more of the following resource categories:
1) River Restoration
Projects that improve or enhance water quality, fisheries, fish passage (i.e. dam removal, culvert restoration) and habitat for river-dependent species.
2) Wetland Restoration, Protection, and Enhancement
Projects that restore or enhance wetlands to mitigate for wetlands lost or adversely affected by the Fifteen Mile Falls (FMF) Hydroelectric Project (upstream and downstream from the FMF project area)
3) Shoreland Protection
Projects that restore or protect buffers and eroding river or stream banks within the watershed.
GrantWatch ID#: 162494
This fund awards grants of all sizes. Grants amounting to less than $5,000 undergo a shorter application process.
Applicants may submit proposals for multi-year project funding for up to three (3) years.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, community organizations, educational institutions and federal, state and local government agencies. Eligible applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a municipality or other subdivision of government.
Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if another public charity acts as a fiscal sponsor.
Pre-application consultation is required.
Pre-Application consultation is required. All applicants must contact staff to discuss their proposal idea. Beginning, Monday, October 29, 2018, please contact Peter Benson to schedule a consultation. For urgent questions prior to October 29, please contact Anne Phillips.
The concept paper deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2019.
You must submit an interim or final report for all outstanding MEF-funded projects by the concept paper deadline. (Please note that requests for less than $5,000 are evaluated only on the concept paper and do not require an application.) You will be notified about the status of your concept paper by Friday, February 1, 2019.
The application deadline (for invited applicants only) is 5:00 pm on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Applicants are strongly encouraged collaborate with other organizations and to leverage MEF grant requests with other funding sources.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://nhcf.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp
Peter Benson, Senior Program Officer
603-225-6641 ext. 271 or
For urgent questions prior to October 29, please contact
Anne Phillips, Director of Grantmaking
603-225-6641 ext. 232 or
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-4005
Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, Vermont and West Lebanon, New Hampshire.
USA: New Hampshire; Vermont