OPPORTUNITY GRANTS

Opportunity Grants
The Endowment recognizes the importance of funding community needs and opportunities outside the priority areas. The next grant submission deadline is December 30, 2016.

AT A GLANCE

Opportunity Grants provide a responsive pool of funding for projects that address urgent needs and emerging opportunities, innovative projects, and/or projects that build and disseminate knowledge to improve the health of New Hampshire’s people.

Overview

The Opportunity Grants program was established to meet community needs and opportunities outside the scope of the Endowment’s priority areas. Opportunity Grants provide a responsive pool of funding for projects (including technical assistance) that address urgent needs and emerging opportunities, innovative projects, and/ or projects that build and disseminate knowledge to improve the health of New Hampshire’s people.   There are two grant submission deadlines annually.  The next deadline is December 30, 2016,  Please note:

  • The grant range is typically between $1,000 and $20,000.
  • The grant term is typically one year or less and one time funding.
  • A final report is required at the end of the grant period

Eligibility

Grants will be limited to nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code, government agencies, schools, colleges and universities. Proposed projects or activities must serve the people of New Hampshire.

The following are generally NOT eligible:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Out of state projects.
  • Ongoing operating expenses.
  • Equipment purchases.
  • Sponsorships for events/conferences.
  • Capital campaigns and/or fundraising events.
  • Lobbying. Direct (influence legislative body) and grassroots lobbying (call to action).
  • Expenses already incurred. Replacement of public funding. Sectarian or religious programs.
  • Directly or indirectly supporting political activities including political campaigns.

Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Advance health equity for people who lack a fair opportunity to optimize their health potential for a variety of reasons including income, age, race, culture, ethnicity, disability, educational level, geography or sexual orientation.
  • Leverage resources including other funding.
  • Present a compelling case regarding the seriousness and urgency of the need.
  • Identify realistic, attainable and measurable outcomes that address the identified need.
  • Demonstrate the applicant’s ability to successfully implement the project.
  • Involve collaboration with other organizations.
  • Demonstrate sustainability, if applicable.
  • Serve or have the potential to serve a wide geographic area of New Hampshire and/or a significant population of NH residents.

To Apply

 1. Complete the Online Application, click here. For questions contact Sue Fulton.

  • Organizational Background. Provide an overview of the organization as requested in each field.
  • Proposal Overview. Provide an overview of the project as requested in each field.
  • Performance Measurement. List specific project outcome (results you seek to achieve) and the outcome indicators (how you will know whether your outcomes have been achieved) in the designated fields.

2. Proposal Narrative (5 pages or less). Provide answers to each of the following questions completely and succinctly in a separate document and attach the document to the online application. The level of detail should correspond to the scope and complexity of the project.

  • Statement of Need/Opportunity. Describe the challenge, issue and/or opportunity the project will address. Using data, if possible, explain the need of the project. 
  • Project and Grant Descriptions. Describe the proposed project, including how it responds to the identified need or opportunity, key project activities and timeline. Include any potential barriers to success and how you plan to minimize them. 
  • Health Equity. Summarize how the project promotes health equity for vulnerable and/or underserved populations and supports people to optimize their full health potential. 
  • Sustainability. If the project is to continue beyond the grant period, describe resource plans for sustaining the proposed project. 
  • Organizational Capacity. Provide a brief overview (2-3 paragraphs) of your organization and how the project aligns with your mission. Explain (with examples) how your organization has been successful with its past work and demonstrate its ability to manage the project. Describe the qualifications of project leaders and/or key project staff and why your organization is uniquely positioned to undertake this work. 
  • Collaboration. Describe the collaborative relationships needed for the project to be successful. Explain whether partnerships have already been established and what partners bring to the project. If collaborative relationships are not needed, explain why. 

3. Project and Grant Budget. Provide a Budget Table and Budget Justification for the project and grant and submit as attachments to the online application. See Budget Guidelines.

4. Letters of Collaboration. If applicable, provide a letter of commitment from each collaborating organization which explains with specificity their resources that will be committed to the proposed project and submit as an attachment to the online application.

5. Personnel Information. If applicable, provide key project personnel information (bio, resume, and/or job description) and submit as an attachment to the online application.

6. Contractor Information. If applicable, provide the contractor scope of work and, if available, the contractors’ qualifications and contractor agreement, and submit as an attachment to the online application.

7. Board List. Provide a list of current board members which includes business affiliations and phone numbers and submit as an attachment to the online application.

8. Financial Statements. Provide the most recent interim financial and/or audited financial statements and submit as an attachment to the online application.

9. Operating Budget. Provide the most recent operating budget as an attachment to the online application.

Submission Deadlines

Two funding cycles are available.  The next submission date is December 30, 2016  with decisions by March 30, 2017.

Exception: Proposals related to extremely time-sensitive needs and/or opportunities that could not have been foreseen may be accepted and considered off-cycle. We encourage you to contact our staff to discuss an “off-cycle.

 

Opportunity Grant Guidelines

 

Outcomes and Outcome Indicator Example

 

Opportunity Grant Application

 

Return to Your Saved Grant Application

 

Budget Guidelines, Budget Table Template, Budget Justification Template