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Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund - Empower Coös Youth Grants Program

Grants to New Hampshire and Vermont Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
to Benefit Youth, Environment, and Communities in Eligible Locations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/14/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time - Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to New Hampshire and Vermont nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and places of worship in eligible locations for environment, youth, and community related activities. Funding is intended to support programs and projects that decrease carbon emissions, increase programming for youth up to age 22, and enhance community engagement. Funds should benefit Coos and Essex County and surrounding communities.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund’s Grants Program focuses on strengthening communities and deepening people’s connections to one another and the region.

The priorities for the Empower Coös Youth Grants Program are to:

  • Support environmental initiatives and programs that focus on reducing carbon emissions through education and awareness building or through direct carbon reduction practices.
  • Increase extracurricular activities for youth (ages 12 to 22) such as: programs and activities that build community, enhance environmental education awareness, or increase access to science, music, arts, and athletics.
  • Strengthen community engagement through events and public gatherings that enhance connection and togetherness.

The Empower Coös Youth Grants Program supports specific projects, operating expenses, planning, evaluation, and technical assistance.

Review Criteria - Successful applicants must demonstrate that:

  • Initiatives and programs have engaged youth (ages 22 and under) in the design, implementation, and decision making process of the organization or project.
  • Programs and organizational leadership are focused on increasing participation for groups and individuals that face barriers to access. 
  • For requests over $5,000, initiatives and projects must show how they are planning for long-term impact in the region. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185074

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests can be up to $10,000; however, the program will give preference to those applications requesting up to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Empower Coös Youth Grants Program has a preference for programs that benefit Coös and Essex County and all surrounding communities in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Organizations recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS are eligible, including US nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, tax-exempt public agencies, schools, municipalities, and places of worship for non-religious, non-denominational, and inclusive programming. Other student-led or community groups which do not have US tax-exempt status may apply for funding if a 501(c)(3) organization, municipality or public agency acts as their fiscal sponsor.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by January 14, 2021 no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day. Grant awards will be made by March 2020.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, including Empower Coös Youth, 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.

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:

For questions, please contact:

Jean Clarke
Tillotson Funds Manager
603-225-6641 ext 238

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire: Coos County and surrounding communities;   Vermont: Essex County and surrounding communities

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