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Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund - Local Grants Program

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
in Eligible Areas for Community Revitalization Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/19/18 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $20,000 to New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Quebec nonprofits, government agencies, and schools in eligible communities for community revitalization activities. Preference will be given to programs that benefit the residents of Coos County, New Hampshire, as well as those living in bordering communities in the United States and Canada.

Eligible communities include Essex County in Vermont (Lunenburg, Guildhall, Canaan, etc.), Oxford County in Maine, and the MRC of Coaticook, Quebec.

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

The Fund’s vision is to promote sustainable community and economic development activities within the region.

The specific 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 that:

- 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180453

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant periods usually run for 12 months. Multi-year grants (up to three years) will be considered for work that spans longer than 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS or CRA are eligible, including USA 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 USA or Canadian tax-exempt status may apply for funding if a 501(c)(3) organization, municipality, or public agency acts as their fiscal sponsor.

Geographic Focus:

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund has a preference for programs that benefit Coos County, New Hampshire as well as bordering communities in the United States and Canada, as outlined below:

- This includes bordering communities in Essex County, Vermont (Lunenburg, Guildhall, Canaan, etc.) and Oxford County in Maine.
- This also includes the MRC of Coaticook, Quebec.

The Tillotson Fund considers applications that include these bordering communities as a significant
part of a larger regional or international effort.

Pre-proposal Conference:

You may review the presentation that was delivered at the Grantseeker Information Sessions on May 18, 2017 (see the Supporting Documents section below).

Pre-Application Information:

Upcoming deadlines of the Tillotson Fund are Friday, January 19, 2018, and Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 5:00 pm Eastern time. Applicants are notified of decisions by mail within three months of applying.

Final grant awards will be by June 2018 and September 2018.

Capital Needs Criteria:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff prior to submitting an application for a capital project. The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund has a preference for capital projects that request middle or last dollars.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

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

Kirsten Scobie, Director of Tillotson Funds

Grant Coverage Areas:

Quebec: Coaticook

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Oxford County;   New Hampshire: Coos County and surrounding communities;   Vermont: Essex County (Lunenburg, Guildhall, Canaan)

Canada: Quebec