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New Hampshire Electric Co-Op (NHEC) Foundation Grant

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits in Eligible Communities for Education,
Health, Social Welfare, Arts and Culture, and Hunger Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Hampshire Electric Co-Op (NHEC) Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/01/19 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life in eligible communities. Funding is intended to support programs and projects in the areas of health, enrichment, social well-being, educational programs, hunger programs, cultural art programs, and academic achievement programs.

The NHEC Foundation seeks:

- Programs/projects that have a direct impact/benefit for members of New Hampshire Electric Co-op.
- Programs/projects that demonstrate a strong community association and connection.
- Programs/projects that without grant funding from NHECF might not succeed/move forward.
- Organizations that clearly demonstrate they are capable of encumbering a grant from NHECF and that have clearly outlined their goals, objectives, and measures of success.

For a list of eligible communities, see Grant Coverage Areas below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179318

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards typically do not exceed $10,000. However, the Board of Trustees has the authority to make exceptions as deemed appropriate regarding grant limits which in certain cases can exceed $10,000. Typically grant awards range from $2,500 - $5,000. If an applicant has requested $5,000, the Foundation will award no more than the $5,000 requested amount.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NHEC Foundation provides grants to charitable organizations, throughout NHEC’s service territory. Requests must come from NH based non-profit organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations that have a project located within NHEC’s service area or that significantly benefits NHEC members, and that support the Foundation’s charitable priorities, are eligible to apply.

Non tax-exempt organizations can only apply through a fiscal agent which is a 501(c) (3) and which signs a fiscal sponsorship agreement as part of the application process. Oftentimes, fiscal agents are religious organizations. While the Foundation does not award grants for religious purposes, religious organizations can receive funding as a fiscal agent.

Organizations must be located in New Hampshire and demonstrate their program or project will significantly impact New Hampshire Electric Co-op members. An organization may be located in a town not served by the Co-op, however if an applicant can demonstrate the program/project will impact co-op members, they are still eligible to apply for grant funding. To view towns served by NHEC, see Grant Coverage Areas below.

Not funded:

- Sporting events and individual teams or leagues;
- Religious or political programs/projects;
- Computer equipment or software;
- Deficit reduction or expenses that have already been incurred;
- Programs that are typically the responsibility of federal, state, or municipal funding;
-Operating expenses; or
- Standalone electric service, electric service improvements, or other energy-related projects that may benefit from program incentives offered by NH Electric Cooperative
- Land Acquisition or Historic Preservation

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation board meets quarterly to award grants in March, June, September and December. Grant applications are due on the first day of the months that the board meets (March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1). Applications and supplemental information are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on the due date. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the first business day following the first of the month.

Applications can be submitted by U.S. mail, email or electronically via the Foundation website.

If you are a first-time applicant or are unsure if your project is eligible to receive funding, you can submit an eligibility inquiry sheet and the Foundation will be happy to work with you before you submit your supporting documents. Please submit this eligibility inquiry sheet before submitting your full grant application.

Organizations are eligible for one grant every 12 months.

Application Supporting Questions:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Eligibility Inquiry Sheet:

Online Application Form:

For questions about Grant Eligibility, contact:

Sara Thielbar, Executive Director

NHEC Foundation
579 Tenney Mountain Highway
Plymouth, NH 03264

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire: The NHEC Service Area