Funding Approach & Impact

The foundation employs two grantmaking models, Responsive Grantmaking and Strategic Grantmaking.

In our our traditional grantmaking vehicle, responsive grants are awarded for requests received in response to a biannual Call for Proposals. The focus areas for responsive grantmaking are to:

  • Prevent childhood obesity
  • Promote oral health
  • Reduce food insecurity

The foundation is no longer accepting proposals through the responsive grantmaking process for the following two priorities:

  • Prevent and reduce childhood trauma
  • Increase access to children’s health and dental insurance coverage

Beginning in 2019, the foundation shifted these priorities to a strategic grantmaking model in order to increase impact. Read more about the change here.

Funding Strategies

  • Food Insecurity

    Priority

    Reduce food insecurity by increasing opportunities for children and families to access affordable, healthy food.

    Funding category

    Responsive

    Strategies

    1. Support for research-informed, emerging and promising practices to increase participation in federal nutrition and food assistance programs for children and families.
    2. Support research-informed, emerging and promising practices to increase availability of and access to affordable, culturally appropriate fresh and local foods for children and families at risk for food insecurity.
    3. Data collection, analysis, communication and advocacy to increase awareness of food insecurity across NH and build  public support for policies and practices that increase participation in federal nutrition programs and increase access to affordable, culturally appropriate, fresh and local foods for children and families at risk for food insecurity.
  • Obesity Prevention

    Priority

    Enhance places to be active and increase consumption of healthy food for children up to age 5.

    For additional information:

    Funding category

    Responsive

    Strategies

    1. Support for establishing and sustaining coalitions or partnerships that result in communities with increased access to healthy food and enhanced places for physical activity, for NH children up to age 5 and their families.
    2. Support for activities to establish local level policies and practices to promote healthy eating and active living for children up to age 5 and their families.
    3. Data collection, analysis, communication and advocacy to increase awareness of childhood obesity across New Hampshire for children up to age 5, and build support for state and local policies and practices to prevent childhood obesity.
  • Oral Health

    Priority

    Promote oral health for children through age five and pregnant women.

    For additional information:

    Funding category

    Responsive

    Strategies

    1. Support the development of a system to train and certify public health dental hygienists.
    2. Implement evidence-based oral health prevention education by primary care providers for children up to age 5, and reproductive age women.
    3. Data collection and analysis, communication and advocacy to increase access to oral health preventive care in children up to age 5, and reproductive age women.
  • Childhood Trauma

    Priority

    Strengthen protective factors and early intervention practices to prevent or ameliorate childhood trauma and other adverse childhood experiences.

    Funding category

    Strategic

    Strategies

    Beginning in 2019, the foundation has shifted funding in this priority area to a strategic grantmaking model in order to increase its impact.

    Strategic Grantmaking FAQ

    This priority is not eligible for responsive grantmaking.

  • Health & Dental Coverage

    Priority

    Increase access to children’s health dental insurance coverage.

    Funding category

    Strategic

    Strategy

    Beginning in 2019, the foundation has shifted funding in this priority area to a strategic grantmaking model in order to increase its impact.

    Strategic Grantmaking FAQ

    This priority is not eligible for responsive grantmaking.

     

Who We Have Funded

Annual grant award summaries are available below.

  • 2019 Grant Awards

    All award terms are one year, unless indicated

    FOOD INSECURITY

    Catholic Charities/NH Food Bank 

    Award: $15,000 – Area Served: Carroll & Coos Counties

    Improve low-income children’s food security and nutrition during the summer, when free or reduced-price school meals are not available.

    Fair Food Network

    Award: $60,000/three years – Area Served: Statewide

    Increase the number of stores participating in SNAP incentives; grow incentive spending by SNAP participants.

    Gather

    Award: $20,000 – Area Served: Rochester

    Increase the number of Rochester children receiving fresh healthy food during the summer via  children’s “shop” at mobile fresh markets.

    Grow Nashua

    Award: $11,000 – Area Served: Nashua

    Increase Nashua’s footprint of growing sites in the format of community gardens for families, as well as Recruit, educate and work with families and community members to increase knowledge of preparing fresh food; deliver fresh food to families.

    UNH Sustainability Institute

    Award:  $20,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    Develop state-level food policy recommendations and begin to advance non-legislative food policy change in state and local agencies.

    ORAL HEALTH

    North Country Health Consortium

    Award: $60,000/three years – Area Served: Coos and Northern Grafton Counties

    Increase the number of children ages 0-5 that access oral health preventive care in Coos and Northern Grafton Counties.

    UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice

    Award: $40,000/two years – Area Served: Statewide

    Expand the utility of the Oral Health Report Suite, an online reporting tool based on dental and medical claims data for the commercially and Medicaid insured populations.

    STRATEGIC GRANTMAKING: TRAUMA AND COVERAGE

    UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice

    Award: $374,090/three years – Area Served: Manchester, Nashua, Claremont, sites in Coos County

    Increase pediatric practice knowledge of trauma informed care, community based ACEs resources, and practice system change.

  • 2018 Grant Awards

    All award terms are one year, unless indicated

    PREVENT CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

    HAVEN

    Award: $25,000 – Area Served: Seacoast Region

    Pilot to increase knowledge of signs of child abuse for preschool and daycare staff and parents, and implement an age-appropriate modification of Safe Kids Strong Teens program for preschool age children.

    JSI Research and Training

    Award: $30,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    Establish and facilitate an advisory committee that will research practices to improve NH’s capacity of behavioral health/trauma recovery services for children who have experienced abuse.

    Antioch University New England

    Award: $29,909 – Area Served: Statewide

    To build a strong administrative, supervisory, & clinical network of Child Parent Psychotherapy providers throughout NH to support delivery of the model with fidelity.

    Early Learning NH, for SPARK NH

    Award: $30,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    For general operating support.

    North Country Education Services

    Award: $30,000 – Area Served: Coos County

    To build knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) for a range of professionals working with young children.

    PREVENT CHILDHOOD OBESITY 

    Strafford Regional Planning Commission

    Award: $30,000 – Area Served: Strafford County, with emphasis on Somersworth

    Inform active living policies and projects for implementation in local planning processes.

    REDUCE FOOD INSECURITY

    Families in Transition

    Award: $30,000 – Area Served: Manchester

    To implement policy and environment changes for greater utilization of resources and cost savings.

    UNH/Carsey School of Public Policy

    Award: $21,399 – Area Served: Statewide

    To update the 2012 research brief on NH food insecurity to include maps and discussion of geographic trends.

    Belknap Merrimack Community Action Program

    Award: $15,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    To update communication vehicles (videos, social media presence, etc) to better serve and reach WIC participants

    Community Action Program of Strafford County

    Award: $29,667 – Area Served: Strafford County

    For startup costs to expand Summer Meals Program.

    Willing Hands

    Award: $20,000 – Area Served: Upper Valley, Sullivan County

    For volunteer coordination and management.

    PROMOTE ORAL HEALTH 

    North Country Health Consortium

    Award: $30,000 – Area Served: Coos and Northern Grafton Counties

    To address the gap in access to oral health treatment by providing screening and referral services for area Head Start participants through age five.

    NH Public Health Association, for the NH Oral Health Coalition

    Award: $27,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    For general operating support.

    INCREASE ACCESS TO CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE 

    ProgressNow Education Fund

    Award: $25,000 – Statewide, with emphasis on the southwest region

    Conduct outreach and education campaign utilizing multiple social media channels during ACA open enrollment period.

    ADVOCACY IN SUPPORT OF NH CHILDREN’S HEALTH FOUNDATION FUNDING PRIORITIES AND POPULATIONS

    New Futures

    Award: $405,000/three years – Area Served: Statewide                    

    To build local level advocacy capacity to advance early childhood and related efforts, and develop and enhance advocacy leadership capacity across NH nonprofit organizations.

    NH Fiscal Policy Institute

    Award: $15,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    To conduct state-level policy analysis to inform children’s health insurance benefits, and food insecurity/SNAP benefit policy planning.

  • 2017 Grant Awards

    One year only

    PREVENT/REDUCE CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

    Antioch University New England

    Award: $25,844 – Area Served: Manchester

    Training for first responders, social service and mental health providers in trauma informed skills (based on audience) for children up to age 6 exposed to domestic violence.

    NH Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence

    Award: $29,358 – Area Served: Statewide

    1. Provide Children Exposed to Domestic Violence training 15 crisis center shelter staff and 12 AmeriCorps members serving survivors of domestic violence with children.
    2. Train approx. 75-100 direct services providers statewide in understanding trauma in children and/or trauma informed services.
    3. Include childhood trauma in the domestic violence training curriculum for 100 NH police academy recruits and 20 sexual assault nurse examiners.

    Turning Points Network

    Award: $13,000, Area Served: Sullivan County

    Conduct a needs assessment via interviews and focus group to inform new onsite services for children experiencing trauma as a result of witnessing domestic violence.

    PREVENT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

    Central NH Planning Commission

    Award: $10,000 – Area Served: Town of Hillsboro

    Through various outreach and planning activities produce a plan for the Town of Hillsboro to improve access to play for young children up to age 5 and their families.

    REDUCE FOOD INSECURITY

    Hunger Free Vermont

    Award: $12,000 – Area Served: Upper Valley

    To develop the Hunger Council of the Upper Valley to reduce the incidence of hunger and food insecurity for children, families, and individuals in the region.

    Merrimack County Conservation District

    Award: $6,000 – Area Served: Concord

    To support ongoing assistance to refugee and New American women in the establishment of an International Farmers’ Market.

    The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS)

    Award: $29,029 – Area Served: Greater Manchester, Concord

    Expand educational programming about the uses, preparation, availability and health benefits of fresh produce items at farmers’ markets, CSAs and other venues.

    Fair Food Network

    Award: $50,000 – Area Served: Goffstown, Allenstown, Laconia, Berlin

    To pilot a Double Up SNAP incentive effort in retail grocers (this project is in partnership with five NH funders).

    Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter

    Award: $30,000 – Area Served: 4 census tracts in Nashua

    To plan, coordinate resources, and implement a course of action to bring access to fresh, healthy food to four target neighborhoods.

    Cheshire County Conservation District

    Award: $17,380 – Area Served: Winchester

    To establish, market and distribute locally produced fruits and vegetables for residents/families @ low income housing site.

    PROMOTE ORAL HEALTH PREVENTION

    University of NH, Institute for Health Policy and Practice

    Award: $28,971 – Area Served: Upper Valley

    Establish a six month learning collaborative to support up to five family medicine and pediatric clinics in integrating into well-care visits for children under 6 years with a particular focus on fluoride varnish application.

    INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE

    ProgressNow Education

    Award: $96, 728 – Area Served: Statewide

    For ACA outreach and enrollment efforts, via social media, print materials, enrollment fairs.

    OTHER

    Health Strategies of New Hampshire

    Award: $10,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    To prepare a study and report of communities that benefit from increased investment in evidence based home visiting, quality child care and child care subsidy.

    Bearcamp Valley School

    Award: $1,850 – Area Served: Tamworth

    To purchase a commercial refrigerator for storing federally funded meals and snacks.

    Payments for previously awarded multi-year grants: $447,267

  • 2016 Grant Awards

    PREVENT/REDUCE CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

    TLC Family Resource Center

    Award: $17,500 – Area Served: Sullivan County

    For home visiting supports and services.

    JSI/Community Health Institute

    Award: $49,549 (2 years) Area Served: Statewide

    To implement recommendations from the 2015 Assessment of Need for Specialized Medical Services for Child Abuse.

    Manchester Community Health Center

    Award: $150,000 (3 years) – Area Served: Manchester

    To support the Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team (ACERT), to connect children exposed to violence with an advocate.

    Families First

    Award: $61,370 (2 years) – Area Served: Seacoast

    To train staff in trauma-informed care, improve outreach to trauma survivors, and expand services to agencies in region.

    Health Strategies of New Hampshire

    Award: $4,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    For NH-specific research of return on investment for home visiting, quality child care and universal preschool for children living in families up to 300% FPL.

    PREVENT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

    American Heart Association

    Award: $150,000 (3 years) – Area Served: Statewide

    To develop and advance a multi-issue policy agenda to reduce childhood obesity.

    Granite YMCA

    Award: $33,191 (3 years) – Area Served: Manchester

    To conduct CATCH training for staff and implement in local area early learning centers.

    Tiny Twisters Child Care Center

    Award: $2,000 – Area Served: Tilton

    To install a kitchenette in order to prepare healthy meals and snacks onsite.

    REDUCE FOOD INSECURITY

    Cheshire County Conservation District

    Award: $17,600 Area Served: Keene

    To increase access to fresh local food for low income populations.

    Seacoast Eat Local

    Award: $82,880 – Area Served: Rochester, Farmington, Milton

    To increase access to local healthy food for SNAP participants.

    Vital Communities

    Award: $50,000 (2 years) – Area Served: Communities in Grafton and Sullivan Counties

    To promote access to healthy affordable foods to 250-400 low-income children and their families by improving EBT redemption at farmer’s markets.

    Merrimack Valley Child Center

    Award: $3,350 – Area Served: Merrimack County

    To replace a commercial freezer used for storing food resourced from CACFP (federal nutrition program).

    PROMOTE ORAL HEALTH PREVENTION

    NH Public Health Association, for the NH Oral Health Coalition

    Award: $27,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    To communicate results of the Oral Health Baseline Survey, and to share community-based oral health tools, training, expertise, and knowledge.

    UNH, Institute for Health Policy and Practice

    Award: $50,152 – Area Served: Statewide

    To inform oral health stakeholders of the utility of dental claims data for policy, clinical, and other interventions to improve oral health in New Hampshire.

    NH Public Health Association, for the NH Oral Health Coalition

    Award: $27,000 Area Served: Statewide

    For General Operating Support.

    INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE

    Bunnell Consulting

    Award: $25,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    To monitor, inform and educate legislative activity as it relates to health care coverage for low income children and families, CHIP, and oral health prevention for children up to age 5.

    New Futures

    Award: $405,000 (3 years) – Area Served: Statewide

    To establish advocacy leadership and community campaign capacity to support early childhood supports, Medicaid Expansion and substance use disorder.

    OTHER

    Southwestern Community Services

    Award: $2,000 – Area Served: Cheshire County

    To purchase audiology testing equipment for young children.

    Payments for previously awarded multi-year grants: $292,107

  • 2015 Grant Awards

    PREVENT/REDUCE CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

    Dartmouth Trauma Intervention Research Center

    Award: $74,991 (3 years) – Area Served: Statewide

    To increase New Hampshire mental health provider capacity to meet the needs of highly vulnerable infants and young children exposed to violence.

    Families in Transition

    Award: $49,808 – Area Served: Manchester

    For incorporation of trauma informed services into the Family Place Homeless Resource Center and Shelter.

    NH Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence

    Award: $45,150 – Area Served: Statewide

    For Coalition member training of enhanced trauma-informed services to children and non-offending parent exposed to violence in their homes.

    NH Women’s Foundation

    Award: $25,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    To leverage funding for activities that address or seek to ameliorate childhood trauma.

    PREVENT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

    Nashua Regional Planning Commission

    Award: $40,000 – Area Served: Nashua and surrounding communities.

    To improve walking and biking access to safe places to play in towns and cities in the NRPC region and across the state.

    Foundation for Healthy Communities

    Award: $94,400 – Area Served: Statewide

    For general operating support of the HEAL Home, and to build local level capacity to improve access to healthy food and enhance places for physical activity.

    NH Planners Association

    Award: $750 – Area Served: Statewide

    For annual conference sponsorship.

    REDUCE FOOD INSECURITY

    Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health

    Award: $84,785 (3 years) – Area Served: Laconia and Franklin

    To engage farmers, conservation groups, home gardeners, food pantries, families to provide increased access to affordable produce

    NH Kids Count

    Award: $19,668 – Area Served: Statewide

    To convene stakeholders and facilitate the update of the NH Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger plan.

    Hunger Free Vermont

    Award: $20,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    To convene the six key New England anti-hunger advocacy organizations to identify high impact programming and policy priorities for the region.

    UNH, Sustainability Institute

    Award: $150,000 (3 years) – Area Served: Statewide

    To pilot collaborative approaches to increase access to healthy local food for student and community health.

    NH Food Bank

    Award: $25,000 – Area Served: Statewide

    To increase SNAP family participation in Granite State (Farmers’) Market Match program.

    St Francis Xavier Community Food Pantry

    Award: $3,000 – Area Served: Groveton

    To purchase food for a community at highest risk of food insecurity.

    Lincoln Woodstock Food Pantry

    Award: $3,000 – Area Served: Lincoln-Woodstock

    To purchase food for a community at highest risk of food insecurity.

    Brown Church Food Pantry

    Award: $3,000 – Area Served: Albany, Eaton

    To purchase food for a community at highest risk of food insecurity.

    Wilmot Food Pantry

    Award: $3,000 – Area Served: Wilmot

    To purchase food for a community at highest risk of food insecurity.

    PROMOTE ORAL HEALTH PREVENTION

    UNH, Institute for Health Policy and Practice

    Award: $31,781 – Area Served: Statewide

    To establish a system to collect, analyze, and disseminate data that informs and strengthens oral health preventive services for New Hampshire children.

    North Country Health Consortium

    Award: $75,000 (3 years) – Area Served: Coos County

    To provide diagnostic and preventive oral health care for uninsured and underinsured children, up to age 13, in SAUs 7, 26, and 58.

    Concord Hospital Trust

    Award: $10,000 Area Served: Statewide

    To support oral health rehabilitation services for low income children between the ages of 2 – 9 years.

    Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital

    Award: $19,549 (2 years) – Area Served: Newport

    To provide oral health education, screening, preventive treatments for Newport elementary school students.

    Foundation for Healthy Communities, Fiscal Agent for NH Oral Health Program

    Award: up to $154,484 (2 years) Area Served: Keene and Concord

    For continued services and data collection to inform the WIC/Pay for Prevention pilot.

    NH Public Health Association, for NH Oral Health Coalition

    Award: $2,500 – Area Served: Statewide

    For sponsorship, NH Oral Health Forum

    INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE

    Bunnell Consulting, LLC

    Contract Amount: $40,000 Area Served: Statewide

    To inform and advocate for increasing access to health and dental insurance coverage for low income- and vulnerable children and families.

    Payments for previously awarded multi-year grants: $96,348

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