Funding Alerts

Funding Alerts

This list represents some funding opportunities that we thought would be of interest to you. (If you are a funder with an opportunity to list, or you know about a great opportunity not listed here, please contact us at

Grassroots Fund Seed Grants

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The Grassroots Fund is making rapid response Seed grant program available to grassroots groups responding to local needs and building resilience in their community in response to the COVID19 pandemic and associated events. They are committed to making decisions and getting dollars out the door as fast as they can.

The Seed grant program has a brief online application and requests can be up to $1,000. Even if you have an active grant (or pending application) for another project with them, this urgent rapid response program is available for all groups who see a need in their community to respond to COVID19.

New England States Touring Program

Deadline: Monday, August 2, 2021
New England Foundation for the Arts

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities by fostering equitable access to the arts and enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from nonprofits for its NEST (New England States Touring) program. The program funds performances, readings, and screenings of work by regional, national, and international artists presented by New England-based nonprofit organizations.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, there are several changes to NEST for NEFA’s FY22 Grantmaking. NEST may support online performances and community engagement activities; and engagements with artists in the same New England state as the applicant organization. Grants provide up to 50 percent of the artist fee and range from $500 to a maximum of $5,000. In the August 2021 grant cycle, applications with artist fees under $1,000 may request the full artist fee.

Community Grants Program: Unrestricted Grants

Deadline: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
NH Charitable Foundation

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation makes unrestricted grants of up to $60,000 over three years to 501(c)(3) organizations working in New Hampshire and select Maine and Vermont communities.

Responsive Grants

Deadline: Sunday, August 15, 2021
New Hampshire Children's Health Foundation

The next Call for Responsive Grant Proposals opens August, 2021 at which time requests will be considered for: preventing childhood obesity, promoting oral health and reducing food insecurity. Requests for single year, up to $20,000, and multi-year, up to $60,000, will be considered. 

Letter of Inquiry Due: August 15
If you are seeking funding for more than one strategy within a grant cycle, you must submit a separate Letter of Inquiry for each strategy.

Learn more

Bean Foundation Grant

Deadline: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Norwin S. & Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation

The Bean Foundation awards grants in the fields of arts and humanities, education, environment, health, human services, and public/society benefit. Grants are only available for nonprofit organizations that serve Manchester and Amherst. 

Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation

Deadline: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation

The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation makes grants of up to $5,000 to local non-profits that make a significant impact on the lives of people in the communities it serve. Applications are accepted during the month of August and September 1 is the last day of acceptance. 

Learn more and apply

Major Emphasis Grant

Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2021
Manchester Kiwanis Club

The Manchester Kiwanis Club's Major Emphasis Grant invests up to $30,000 over a period of three years with a local nonprofit for a "local project that makes a significant and positive impact in the lives of children in the Manchester community."\

The last Major Emphasis Project funded the renovation of dilapidated outdoor basketball courts throughout the city of Manchester. Past projects include funding for Girl’s Inc. of Manchester for its dinner facility and program, the Police Athletic League of Manchester; a state-of-the-art dental van for the Manchester Public Health Department; a new playground at the VNA Child Care Center, and major building renovations for both Webster House and Child Health Services.

More information and the application can be found on the Manchester Kiwanis Club website.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund Grow Grant

Deadline: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Grassroots Fund's grant programs are designed to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities. Grow Grant awards are between $1,000 and $4,000.

The Grow grant program is focused on community-based, local initiatives. For the Grassroot Fund that means that:

  • The group is doing local, grassroots work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT.
  • The group is volunteer-driven or has no more than 2 full-time paid staff.
  • The group has an annual operating budget of under $100,000.

Deadlines: Third Tuesday in March & September. Funding decisions are generally made by the end of May and early December, and funding is received after grant agreement paperwork is signed. 

Read more and apply

Mascoma Bank Foundation

Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021
Mascoma Bank Foundation

The Mascoma Bank Foundation provides capital funding to not-for-profit organizations within Mascoma Bank’s market area that will contribute to the long-term benefit of its communities. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire from Keene to Lancaster; the I-89 corridor from Burlington to New London; and Portland, Maine.

Typical projects may include facility and infrastructure improvements, new construction, capital campaigns, and capital items outside normal operating budgets. The Foundation is especially interested in requests or projects that:

Grants in Greater Derry area

Deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021
Alexander Eastman Foundation

The Alexander Eastman Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve the residents of the greater Derry, NH, area, including Chester, Derry, Hampstead, Londonderry, Sandown, and Windham with grants ranging $5,000-$35,000.

The Foundation's focus is on healthcare. Its interests in the field are comprehensive and extend to the following:

  • mental health;
  • dental care;
  • developmental and rehabilitative services;
  • health promotion and education;
  • disease and accident prevention;
  • nutrition;
  • continuing education of health professionals; and,
  • applied or practical research.

Learn more and apply

Madelaine G. von Weber Trusts

Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021

The Madelaine G. von Weber Trust accepts funding applications from New Hampshire-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Applicants should demonstrate good governance, a sustainable program, strong community/board of trustees support, a track record of valuable service to the community and a compelling rationale for why the requested funds are needed.

The Trustees award grants twice each year in the spring and fall.  Application deadlines are April 15 and October 15.

Learn more and apply

Clean Energy Fund

NH Community Development Finance Authority

NH Community Development Finance Authority has financing available for nonprofit energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through their Clean Energy Fund.

Westinghouse Electric Company Charitable Giving

The Westinghouse Electric Company Charitable Giving Program provides support to nonprofit organizations in communities with company facilities (within 50 miles of Portsmouth and Newington, NH). The company's areas of emphasis include the following: STEM Education, Environmental Sustainability, and Community Safety and Vitality.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Learn more

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