New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW: This is the community foundation for the state of New Hampshire, with grants awarded in the areas of arts and culture, civic engagement, economy, education, environment, and health and wellbeing.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, civic engagement, economy, education, environment, health and wellbeing

IP TAKE: There are lots of grant opportunities here, but each category one has its own deadlines and guidelines. Reach out to the foundation to learn where your best opportunities lie.

PROFILE: The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) manages around 1,900 philanthropic funds and is based in Concord, New Hampshire. Founded in 1962, this is the community foundation for New Hampshire. It was formed with funds from the Spaulding-Potter Trusts and hired its first full-time executive director in 1968.

Interests for this funder include children and youth, drug and alcohol addiction prevention, entrepreneurs, workforce development, and local science exploration. Grants are most often awarded in arts and culture, civic engagement, economy, education, environment, and health and wellbeing.

In a recent year, the foundation received $57 million in charitable gifts and gave $46 million in grants and scholarships. Over $40 million is given out annually. The total of grants and scholarships since 1962 exceeds $596 million.

Like many community foundations, NHCF has regional advisory boards that work in specific local communities. The regional boards are in the following locations: Capital Region, Lakes Region, Manchester Region, Monadnock Region, Nashua Region, North County Region, Piscataqua Region, and the Upper Valley Region.

NHCF has competitive grant programs that support New Hampshire-based groups in its areas of interest. The foundation also awards grants to nonprofits in strategic areas of foundation interest, such as increasing youth opportunities and fighting substance abuse.

In a recent year, the foundation had over $610 million in assets. Current financial data can be viewed here. The foundation’s annual meeting typically takes place in early June. In previous cycles, community grants program deadlines for express grants have fallen in late-March and for unrestricted grants in early-August.

There are NHCF grant opportunities for the Entrepreneurs’ Fund, the Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award, the Mary Gale Foundation Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, Nonprofit Loan Program, Wellborn Ecology Fund, and the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund. There are several funds, fellowships, sabbaticals, scholarships, and grant opportunities here for artists, teachers, and public officials.

General questions can be directed to (603) 225-6641, and grant inquiries should be directed to Wendy Cahill, the senior community grants associate, at (603) 225-6641 ext. 21249 or at Richard Ober is the foundation’s president and CEO. The address is 37 Pleasant Street, Concord, New Hampshire 03301. Keep up the funder through its blog and the press releases and publications in its newsroom.


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