Community Grants Program - Express Grants

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Deadline: May 29, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New Hampshire, York County, Maine, Counties in Vermont: Caledonia County, Orange County, Windsor County

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

NOTE: In 2020, the Foundation’s Express Grants program is dedicated exclusively to meeting urgent needs related to the COVID-19 crisis.

Community Grants Program - Express Grants

This competitive grants program awards project support (for a set of activities conducted during a specified period of time and with clear deliverables that further the organization’s mission or build organization capacity) of $5,000 or less to eligible organizations.

Strong applications should demonstrate:

  • Clear community need for the project 
  • Timeliness: Why is this a strategic time to invest in the project?
  • A clear and realistic plan describing what will be accomplished
  • A strategy for how the work, if ongoing, will be sustained beyond the grant period

What we're looking for

During this time of uncertainty, we recognize nonprofits of all types and missions need flexible, unrestricted support. We will focus our limited resources to support vulnerable communities and the nonprofits that serve them. As resources become available, we hope to open grant application opportunities to other nonprofits also impacted by the current national emergency.

Nonprofits that serve vulnerable community members, including but not limited to: 

  • Families and elders with low income 
  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless and housing-insecure
  • Food insecure
  • Immigrants, refugees, and those with limited English proficiency
  • Child care for children from low-income families

Applications could be related, but not limited to:

  • Maintaining staffing 
  • Moving to remote work environments
  • Implementing procedures for the safety of staff
  • Supporting volunteers and clients (in places where services must continue to be delivered during the pandemic)
  • Increased expenses for supplies or services due to expected increase in clients
  • The loss of fundraising or ticket sale receipts
  • Cash flow/budgetary implications related to strains on the economy

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

Eligibility:

  • Geographic focus: 
    • Projects 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.
  • Must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a school, municipality or other subdivision of government.
    • Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if another public charity acts as a fiscal sponsor.
  • Organizations are eligible for one grant per calendar year from the community grants program.
  • Organizations that receive an express grant may apply for a multiyear unrestricted community grant later this year. 

Ineligibility:

  • In addition, we will not make an unrestricted grant through this program to:
    • Municipal, County or State Government 
    • Public and Private Schools
    • Religious Organizations, unless all services being funded are non-discriminatory, non-sectarian and benefit the larger community.
    • Hospitals
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Organizations exclusively focused on substance use disorder prevention, treatment or recovery support services.
  • Organizations that received a multiyear unrestricted community grant in 2018 or 2019 may not apply for an express grant.