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Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund - Large Grants Program

Grants to USA and Quebec Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in the
Coös County, New Hampshire Vicinity for Community Revitalization

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Foundation / Corporation

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/17/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants starting at $20,001 to Coös County, New Hampshire and surrounding communities nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools for community revitalization activities. Applicants must submit a concept paper in advance of a full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects throughout the County as well as in bordering communities in Maine, Vermont, and Quebec. Eligible applicants include tax-exempt organizations and municipalities serving the MRC of Coaticook, Quebec.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Large Grants Program supports specific projects and initiatives; leadership development and organizational capacity building; unrestricted and operating expenses; planning, evaluation, and technical assistance; and capital expenses.

The goals of Tillotson Fund are to:

- Revitalize population hubs and strengthen community gathering places;
- Enrich people’s sense of place through connection to their communities and one another;
- Promote and enhance cultural and social assets throughout the region;
- Enhance the region’s natural resources by promoting sustainable use of the region’s forests, farms, and waterways;
- Address gaps in basic needs for underserved, low-income residents.

The Tillotson Fund gives priority to organizations and programs which:

- Support vibrant and walkable downtowns, community gathering places, cultural enrichment and revitalize existing infrastructure;
- Strengthen town and community planning efforts that incorporate smart growth principles and actively engage a wide variety of residents and stakeholders;
- Increase opportunities for positive youth development and youth-led programming;
- Ensure that all residents, particularly those with low-incomes, have access to affordable, fresh, and locally produced foods;
- Ensure that the region’s rural landscapes are healthy, intact, and available for public use and long-term community benefit.

The Fund has a preference for capital projects that request middle or last dollars. Successful applicants will demonstrate:

-A well-developed building/renovation plan which includes a financial plan for capital expenses as well as ongoing operations and maintenance;
-A diverse miss of financial support of the capital project and ongoing operations;
-A broad base of community support; and
-A committed staff and/or board of directors with the capacity to implement the plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176743

Estimated Size of Grant:

Large Grants Program applications may request between $20,001 and $300,000. Multi-year grants (up to $100,000 a year for three years) will be considered for work that spans longer than 12 months.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is usually 12 months.

Applicants for the Large Grants Program may request multiyear grants of up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS or CRA are eligible, including US nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, Canadian organizations with qualified donee status, tax-exempt public agencies, schools and municipalities. Other community groups and organizations that do not have U.S. or Canadian tax-exempt status may apply for funding if a 501(c)(3) organization, municipality or public agency acts as their fiscal sponsor.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund has a preference for programs that benefit Coös County, NH as well as bordering communities in the United States and Canada. The Tillotson Fund considers applications that include these bordering communities as a significant part of a larger regional or international effort. Tax-exempt organizations and municipalities serving the MRC of Coaticook, Quebec are encouraged to apply.

Tillotson Fund gives preference to applicants who:

- Work together across multiple departments, organizations, sectors, or towns;
- Enable communities within a sub-region or region to work together more effectively;
- Connect individual organizations and programs with regional, statewide or international initiatives;
- Demonstrate effectiveness or have an evaluation plan to measure impact; and
- Leverage resources including public and private funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:00 pm Eastern time.

Large Grant Program requests require a concept paper submission first. Selected organizations are then invited to submit a full proposal.

All applications must be submitted via the online portal, GrantSource. The Foundation is no longer accepting paper or emailed applications.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund generally makes no more than one grant at a time to any organization and prefers to review no more than one proposal at a time from any agency. If you submit a request that is not funded, you may reapply again during the next grant cycle. You are strongly encouraged to contact staff prior to re-submitting a proposal.

The process is as follows:

1. Program staff review concept papers based on merit. Staff typically calls someone from your organization to discuss the proposal and may also contact other knowledgeable people in the community to further our understanding of your proposal, your organization and your field.
2. The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Advisory Committee selects concept papers for further consideration at regularly scheduled meetings.
3. Concept paper applicants are notified of decisions within three months of applying.
4. Staff work with selected applicants to prepare a detailed application, including work plan, budget and evaluation plan.
5. The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Advisory Committee considers final applications and approves or declines final applications at regularly scheduled meetings.
6. Applicants are notified within two months of final application. Total timeframe is typically six months.

Please contact staff of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation with any questions or to discuss a proposal request. Contact Jean Clarke, Phoebe Backler, or Kirsten Scobie at the Foundation.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Kirsten Scobie, Director of Tillotson Funds

Jean Clarke, Senior Tillotson Program Associate
603-225-6641 ext 238

Phoebe Backler
603-225-6641 x247

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

Maine, Vermont, and Canada communities that border Coös County, New Hampshire

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine;   New Hampshire: Coös County ;   Vermont:

Canada: Quebec