Bean Foundation Grant

Norwin S. & Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation

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Next deadline: Sep 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Dec 1, 2020 2:00pm PST, Apr 1, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Fields of work: Civic Affairs Environmental Conservation Art & Culture Humanities & Social Science Education Environment Health & Medicine Human & Social Services Community Development & Revitalization Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

Location of residency: United States

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Our Mission - Grant Program Policy

The Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation is a general purpose charitable foundation which awards grants in the fields of:
  • arts and humanities,
  • education,
  • environment,
  • health,
  • human services, and
  • public/society benefit

Generally, at least two-thirds of available funds are awarded as grants for programs undertaken by nonprofit organizations and public agencies. The remaining one-third is allocated for capital needs, including acquisition of equipment and renovation or construction of facilities.

Short-term operating support may be provided to new organizations or for new program initiatives of established organizations. Generally, grants are provided for expenditure over a period of one year.

The Bean Foundation accepts requests for capital support. Contributions to capital campaigns will not exceed 3-4% of the total campaign goal. Exceptions have been made for organizations that serve low-income populations and have limited capacity for additional fundraising.

Priority consideration is given to projects which:

  • extend services to individuals and groups that are not well provided for through current programs; 
  • develop service capacity that can be sustained in the future because it will attract other funding and/or generate revenue;
  • promote cooperation and resource sharing among community organizations;
  • improve the financial stability and managerial capacity of established organizations;
  • help service agencies in Manchester and Amherst prepare for the future and help them effectively meet emerging community needs;
  • are models with value for replication, or provide new approaches that have been successful elsewhere.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applications are accepted from nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations and municipal and public agencies serving the communities of Manchester and Amherst, New Hampshire.
    • Priority consideration is given to organizations operating primarily in those two communities.
    • However, the Foundation will consider applications from statewide or regional organizations which provide a substantial and documented level of service to Manchester and Amherst.
    • Approximately 90% is spent on Manchester projects and 10% in Amherst.
  • Bean Foundation guidelines state that after an organization has received a grant, it should wait two years before submitting another grant request.
  • Project applications are sought from organizations which have defined a significant problem or opportunity in their field, have a well-planned approach to addressing the issue, and have skilled professional and voluntary leadership.


  • Operating support grants are not made to ongoing programs, nor are grants made to eliminate previously incurred deficits.
  • The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or provide scholarship aid.
  • The Foundation does does not fund field trips.