Community Grants Program, Unrestricted Grants

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Relevent Country: United States of America

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is seeking applications for its community grants program – unrestricted grants to support an organization’s general operations (rather than a particular project or capacity-building effort).

Funding Information

Organizations that have a board-approved strategic plan and a completed audit or financial review are eligible to apply for up to $60,000 over three years ($20,000/yr). If an organization does not have both a strategic plan and an audit or financial review, they may apply for up to $30,000 over three years ($10,000/yr).

What they look for?

  • Programs: Does the organization operate quality programs that improve the community?
  • Strategies: Has the organization developed specific and realistic short- and long-term strategies for addressing identified organizational needs?
  • Impact: Does the organization demonstrate how an unrestricted grant could have a measurable impact on organizational and programmatic capacity and effectiveness?
  • Capacity : Does the organization have the capacity to manage this grant?
  • Geographic Focus
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In general, organizations are eligible for one grant per calendar year from the Foundation’s Community Grants Program (including Unrestricted and Express grants). Organizations with an active unrestricted multiyear grant are not eligible to apply for a new award.
  • Through the Community Grants program, they do not make unrestricted grants to:
  • Municipal, County or State Government
  • Public, Charter and Private Schools
  • Religious organizations, unless all services being funded are non-discriminatory, non-sectarian and benefit the larger community
  • Hospitals
  • Colleges and Universities
  • The Foundation does not accept proposals through their community 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 Community Grants program. For information on their Substance Use Disorders Portfolio and to discuss grant opportunities with appropriate staff.