Community Grants Program – Unrestricted Grants

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000

Next deadline: Aug 6, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Oct 2, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

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

Location of residency: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

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About this funder:




New Hampshire's nonprofit organizations help make New Hampshire a great place to live.

Through our competitive grant programs, we fund programs and operations of qualified nonprofits working in the areas of health and well-being, civic engagement, education, economic development, environmental protection and arts and culture.

We also make grants to nonprofit partners working in specific areas of strategic Foundation priorities – like fighting substance use disorders and increasing youth opportunity.

Community Grants Program - Operating Grants

This competitive grants program awards unrestricted grants that support an organization’s general operations as a whole rather than a particular project or capacity-building effort.

Strong applications should demonstrate the following:

  • Consistent program results or other accomplishments in furtherance of the organization’s mission
  • Solid strategic plan, with clearly linked priority goals and activities for the requested grant period
  • Strong staff leadership
  • An engaged board that provides direction in governance and strategic direction and is actively involved in fundraising
  • Sound fiscal policy, including diverse funding sources

Grant amount

  • $5,000 – $20,000 for organizations serving one region
  • $5,000 – $25,000 for statewide organizations (serving more than two regions)

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


  • Geographic focus
  • 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 operating, project and express grants.)
  • Additionally, organizations applying must have:
    • A board-approved strategic plan that covers the entire grant period
    • CPA-audited or reviewed financial statements
    • One hundred percent participation by board members in making a financial contribution to the organization
    • Completion of an organizational self-assessment


  • This program does not fund
    • Religious programs (although faith-based organizations are welcome to apply for non-religious programs)
    • Deficit reduction or expenses already incurred
    • Capital campaigns or land acquisition
    • Programs that are typically the responsibility of federal, state, or municipal funding
    • Academic research
    • Programs that re-grant funds to others
    • Project proposals that have been declined by the Foundation more than once.
    • Grants to individuals
    • Multiple grant proposals from the same organization for the Community Grants Program (project, operating, or express grants) in the same calendar year.
    • Substance use disorder prevention, treatment or recovery supports services.