***NOTE: Grant funding is contingent on the availability of funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)***

(To read the full VNH Volunteer Generation Fund Request for Proposals & Application Instructions, click here.)

Purpose of Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Grants
VGF grants will be used to develop and/or support community-based entities to recruit, manage, and support volunteers. VNH seeks to fund effective approaches that:

    • expand volunteering.
    • strengthen the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit and retain skill-based volunteers.
    • develop strategies to use volunteers effectively to solve problems.

Specifically, the VGF grants will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer connector organizations to recruit, manage, support and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer assignments. Appropriate grant proposals could include, but are not limited to:

    • Creating a volunteer recognition and reward program
    • Creating projects on National Days of Service such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service or September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
    • Developing a marketing and communication plan for targeted volunteer recruitment efforts
    • Developing and producing a volunteer manual and volunteer training curriculum
    • Enhancing volunteer screening or orientation methods and/or strategies
    • Establishing and organizing a volunteer engagement task force to address critical needs.
    • Supplemental staff time needed to build the capacity of their volunteer program
    • Providing high-quality trainings or speakers in the area of volunteer engagement
    • Creating and implementing a statewide or community based disaster volunteer plan (including outreach, trainings, etc.) such as a volunteer preparedness initiative, disaster volunteer training, preparations to serve as a disaster volunteer reception center, etc.
    • Develop and pilot new strategies utilizing volunteerism to address community needs (such as information technology, transportation, etc.).

Estimated Available Funds
Award amounts will vary, as determined by the scope of the projects. Volunteer NH is anticipating awarding subgrants ranging from $10,000 – $30,000. Volunteer NH may entertain requests above $30,000 but is unlikely to fund requests below $10,000.


  • Monday, March 23:
    • Informational and Q & A call for interested new applicants at 3pm.
  • Wednesday, March 25:
    • Intent to Apply due (Mandatory for all applicants)
  • Friday, April 10:
    • Application narratives, budget, and additional documents due to emily@volunteernh.org by 5pm (please consult RFP for more details)
  • Wednesday, April 22:
    • Feedback (including potential clarifications) delivered to applicants.
  • Friday, May 8:
    • Unofficial award decisions announced.
  • Friday, July 10 (tentative):
    • Official funding decision announced


  • To read the full VNH Volunteer Generation Fund Request for Proposals & Application Instructions, click here.
    • To complete the Intent to Apply, click here.
    • To download the Application Narrative Template, click here
    • To download the Budget Template, click here
    • To download the Financial Management Survey, click here.