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Community Grants Program - Express Grants

Grants to New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies to Benefit Eligible Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/17/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000 to New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies for projects that enhance the quality of life within the funding source’s service area. Applicants serving multiple states must contact program staff prior to applying. Eligible regions include Capital, Manchester, Lakes, Nashua, Monadnock, Piscataqua, Upper Valley, and North Country. New programs or start-ups may submit a proposal to the Express Grant program. Grants may only be used for a defined project.

This competitive grants program awards project support (a set of activities conducted during a specified period of time and with clear deliverables that further the organization’s mission or build organization capacity). The Foundation is looking for:
- Clear community need for the project
- Timeliness: Why is this a strategic time to invest in the project?
- A clear and realistic plan describing what will be accomplished
- A description of the expected impact of the work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164809

Estimated Size of Grant:

Express Grants: Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

The grant award letter will state whether the award is a one-, two- or three-year grant, and these are the deadlines for funds to be expended. It is not unusual to approve an extension of up to six months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a school, 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.

Through the Community Grants program, the Foundation does not make Unrestricted Grants to:
-Municipal, County or State Government
-Public and Private Schools
-Religious Organizations, unless all services being funded are non-discriminatory,
non-sectarian and benefit the larger community.
-Colleges and Universities

Express Grants do not fund:
-Operating expenses
-Religious programs (although-faith based organizations are welcome to apply for non-religious programs)
-Deficit reduction or expenses already incurred
-Capital campaigns or land acquisition
-Programs that are typically the responsibility of federal, state or municipal funding.
-Academic research
-Programs that re-grant funds to others
-Project proposals that have been declined by the Foundation more than once
-Grants to individuals
-Multiple grant proposals from the same organization for the Community Grants program (Unrestricted or Express grants) in the same calendar year.
-Substance use disorder prevention, treatment or recovery supports services.

The Foundation does not accept proposals through this grants program that are focused on substance use disorders prevention, treatment, and/or recovery services. Such proposals are by invitation-only, and administered outside of the express grants program. For information on the Substance Use Disorders Portfolio and to discuss grant opportunities with appropriate staff, please visit:

Organizations that are either headquartered outside NH and doing work in NHCF’s service area, or headquartered inside NH but also working outside NHCF’s service area (NH and portions of east-central Vermont and southern Maine) may be eligible for Express grants. If awarded, funding will be restricted to work being implemented in NHCF’s service area. Please contact staff to discuss your specific circumstance before applying.

The Foundation will not entertain a proposal for the same project, activity or scope of work if it has already been declined twice. If an organization is awarded a multiyear grant over a two- or three-year period, that organization must wait for one year after the grant is completed before applying again. An organization that is awarded an Express Grant or a one-year Unrestricted Grant may apply again the following year.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant seeker information session webinar from November 2017:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for Express Grants is Friday, May 17, 2019, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. This application will open in GrantSource on Monday, April 8.

If your application is awarded, you will be notified within six weeks of the application deadline.

The Foundation encourages organizations to include any in-kind or financial support from other sources on both project budgets and organization budgets as appropriate.

How to apply for a grant:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Wendy Cahill, Senior Community Grants Associate
603-225-6641 ext 21249

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-4005

Grant Coverage Areas:

Grants are made to organizations serving New Hampshire and selected communities in Maine and Vermont within the Foundation’s eight regions: Capital, Lakes, Manchester, Monadnock, Nashua, North Country, Piscataqua and Upper Valley.

More information about the Foundation's regions may be found here:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine;   New Hampshire;   Vermont