Community Grants Program - Express Grants

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

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Predicted deadline: May 29, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Human & Social Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: 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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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
  • Racial minorities affected by viral racism, hate crimes and bias resulting from COVID 19

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.


  • 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.
  • Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    • 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.
  • In addition, we will make a grant through this program to:
  • Municipalities, only for support of programs to support vulnerable populations (see “What We Are Looking For”, below) 
  • Public Schools for access to food for students
  • Religious Organizations, only for services that are non-discriminatory, non-sectarian and benefit the larger community


  • We will not make a grant through this program to:
    • County or State Government 
    • Private Schools
    • Hospitals
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Organizations exclusively focused on substance use disorder prevention, treatment or recovery support services.
    • Child care centers
  • Organizations that received a multiyear unrestricted community grant in 2018 or 2019 may not apply for an express grant.


This page was last reviewed September 20, 2020 and last updated September 20, 2020