Apply: NH Volunteer Engagement Program Grants

NH Volunteer Engagement Program

Volunteer NH, thought the assistance of American Rescue Plan funds provided through the State of New Hampshire, are able to offer grants to eligible organizations looking to increase their capacity to recruit, utilize, manage, and retain volunteers.

Mini-Grants

These smaller grants are for a specific, one-time need and can be used for categories like volunteer training, purchasing of volunteer management technology, and volunteer program development.

Volunteer NH intends to offer multiple rounds of these grants per year. Some rounds may have additional eligiblity requirements for the type of organization that can apply or the focus of the project.

Award Range: $1,000 – $4,000 (No staff time is allowed on this grant)

Cohort Grants

These are larger grants awarded to organizations to spend a year (with an additional continuation year available) working on a project that will increase the capacity of their volunteer program. Projects can include developing a pilot volunteer program, creating a series of online or other types of trainings for volunteers, and creating and carrying out a comprehensive outreach and recruitment plan for volunteers.

The typical grant will run from October – September.

Award Range: $15,000 – $25,000 (staff time is allowed on this grant).

2024 Funding Availability Calendar

Please note that dates may change, as needed.

Date

Funding Opportunity

Notes

Most Recent Opportunity

May 31 Due date for Round 1 of Mini-Grants

Grant Period: June 7 – July 31, 2024

(Extension up to September 30 can be requested at the time of application)

OPEN: https://volunteernh.org/news-opportunities/2024-mini-grants-round-1/
August 15 Due date for the 2024-2025 Cohort Grant Grant Period: October 1, 2024 – September 30, 2025 Opening in July
September 27 Due date for Round 2 of Mini-Grants

Grant Period: October 7 – November 30

(Extension up-to December 31st can be requested at the time of application)

Opening in September

Questions?

Primary Contact: Lesley Rossi, Finance & Grants Officer (Lesley@volunteernh.org; 603-271-7201)

Secondary Contact: Emily Planchet, Program Officer (Emily@volunteernh.org; 603-271-7204)

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Apply for an AmeriCorps NCCC Project

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