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The grant application deadline has passed. Please check back in 2017.

At the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, we envision a state with social, political and& economic gender equality.  Our mission is to promote opportunity and equality for women & girls in New Hampshire through research, education, philanthropy & advocacy.  Through our grant-making program, we can fuel positive change in our communities by supporting the most innovative and promising solutions to issues related to gender equality today. We know that when women and girls prosper, communities thrive.

Who Is Eligible for Funding?

New Hampshire organizations designated as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations which have been funded three years in a row by the NH Women’s Foundation are requested to take a year off from applying.

What We Fund:

Our grant making is strategic and focused. We seek out programs that:

  • Advocate for Economic Security
  • Promote Women & Girls in Leadership
  • Foster Work & Life Balance
  • Champion Health & Wellness
  • Support Women & Children at risk

We are interested in efforts that: address the root causes of problems faced by women and girls; result in long-term change for women and girls; challenge systemic barriers faced by women and/or girls; promote the empowerment and leadership of women and girls; demonstrate collaboration among women’s and girls’ organizations; raise consciousness of the status of women or girls or raise awareness of issues of concern to women or girls; impact public policy in support of the full and equal participation of women and girls; and encourage philanthropy by women and girls.

  • Examples of some of the things we fund are:  Start up expenses, new or special projects, programs, general operating support, and organizational capacity building.  Grant awards are typically between $1,000 and $5,000, and are highly competitive.
  • Examples of some of the things we don’t fund are: scholarships to individuals; academic research; medical procedures; donations to capital campaigns; sectarian, religious or partisan activities; one-day conferences; and activities that have already occurred. Organizations which have been funded 3 years in a row will not be funded for a fourth consecutive year.

Grant Guidelines

The NH Women’s Foundation understands that many non-profits are stretched to the limit in regards to staff and resources, and tries to make the application process for a grant as simple and straightforward as possible.

Grants awarded are typically between $1,000 and $5,000.

we ask grant applicants to submit the following materials:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Proposal narrative (not to exceed three pages — see detailed description below)
  • Project budget (Click for Sample Budget)
  • Organizational budget (one page)
  • Current list of Board of Directors and a brief description of their backgrounds (one -two pages total)
  • IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter
  • Supporting materials (optional): such as Annual Report, newsletter, media, etc. Please submit no more than three examples as attachments.

The proposal narrative should contain the following information:

    • Project Executive Summary (100 words): Please briefly describe your project, its importance and the results you expect from this work. Please indicate what the funding will be used for, and the number of people impacted.
    • Need (250 words): Describe the need or opportunity (community or organizational) for your proposed work. Why is now a strategic time for the Foundation to invest in this work?
    • Project Description (250 words): Briefly describe the project/proposed work, including major activities and timetable and staff qualificaitons related to this grant.
    • Results (150 words): If your project is successful, what will be different as a result of your work?  What outcomes do you expect? How will you track that?
    • Sustainability (250 words): If this work is ongoing, how will you sustain the work beyond this grant?  If it is not ongoing, how does it advance organizational goals and/or produce significant community benefit?

Applications should be submitted by email to by email submission. If this is not possible, please contact the office at 603-226-3355.

Next Grant Deadline?

The grant application deadline has passed. Please check back in 2017.

If you are a recipient:

If you are a grant recipient for the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, we require a year-end evaluation of the funded project, program, or otherwise. To fill out the evaluation, please click Final Grant Project Evaluation and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please call our office at 603.226.3355 or email us at Thank you!

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