NH Charitable Foundation awards $ 3.3 million to support non-profit organizations

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CONCORD – Eight organizations in the Seacoast area are among the states that will share $ 3,200,000 in grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Grants were awarded under the Foundation's Community Grants Program to support the activities of nearly 70 non-profit organizations serving communities in New Hampshire.

Seacoast organizations receiving grants are:

NH Children's Museum, Dover, $ 60,000; Cross Roads House, Inc., Portsmouth, $ 60,000; Dover Adult Learning Center Inc., $ 30,000; Haven, Portsmouth, $ 60,000; New Hampshire Theater Project, Portsmouth, $ 30,000; Rochester Opera House, $ 60,000; Seacoast Family Promise, Exeter, $ 30,000; and The Gundalow Company, Portsmouth, $ 30,000.

Grants will help youth find life-changing mentors, help seniors live with dignity and independence, feed their neighbors in need, help the arts flourish, and improve the quality of life. Early learning, boosting our economy, protecting natural resources, housing the workforce, safeguarding civil liberties – and so much more, according to Katie Merrow, vice president of the Community impact at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

"New Hampshire's non-profit organizations are doing heroic work that improves the quality of life for all people in the state," said Merrow.

In 2017, the Foundation announced that its Community Grants Program, through which qualified non-profit organizations would apply for funding, would be dedicated to providing multi-year operational support starting in 2018.

"The non-profit sector does an incredible job under often difficult conditions. And non-profit organizations are always invited to do more and innovate more, "said Merrow. "They need this kind of flexible capital that helps them fulfill their important missions."

The change in the Foundation's Community Grant Program means that the total number of grants awarded under this program has been lower than in recent years, but for larger amounts. And since the vast majority of grants are for multi-year support, not-for-profit organizations will be able to spend less time and resources on a new application for funding.

"We have received many compelling requests, reflecting the significant needs of nonprofit organizations," said Merrow. "We are proud to support this excellent work that is happening across our state."

The Charitable Foundation awards nearly $ 40 million in grants each year. The Foundation administers several grant programs – some targeting specific regions, populations and areas – and also provides grants through donor-advised funds. The Foundation's Community Grants Program is a competitive application program open to all qualified non-profit organizations serving New Hampshire in the areas of health and well-being, civic engagement, health and social services. education, economic development, environmental protection, arts and culture.