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The Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) strengthens nonprofit organizations to recruit and retain volunteers to meet critical community needs.

Volunteer NH utilizes this federal, AmeriCorps funding to support volunteerism state-wide.

VGF Cohort

FY20 Data:

$214,315 awarded to 10 NH nonprofits  l  39,135+ volunteer hours served

    Apply for Funding

    Volunteer NH typically accepts new applications for funding in the fall for a grant period of January 1 – September 30 the following year. The funding range for new applicants is expected to be $7,500 – $15,000. All details are subject to change year-to-year. The VGF Cohort opportunity is not guaranteed to be available and is contingent on factors such as funding availability.

    The FY22 VGF Cohort funding opportunity is currently open, with the Intent to Apply form due by 5 PM on Wednesday, September 28 (mandatory).

    FY21 VGF Cohort

    Volunteer NH subgrants VGF funding to a variety of nonprofit organizations with ideas for projects that:

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

      Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire

      Website: https://www.rescueleague.org/

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      Service Area: New Hampshire

      Project Activities: hiring a Community Engagement Coordinator to expand and manage our Volunteer and Volunteer-led programs.

      Project Goals: build on the investment from the FY20 funding to build additional training, capacity and volunteer roles for our Canister, Foster, Humane Education, in-kind donation, animal socialization and corporate days of service programs.

      Arts in Reach

      Website: https://artsinreach.org/

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      Service Area: Greater Seacoast region of New Hampshire

      Project Activities: recruiting, training, and managing a new volunteer team of adults and teens who are involved in AIR’s art-based programs.

      Project Goals: build AIR’s capacity to cultivate an ethic of volunteerism among adults and teens as members of the Good Gang who volunteer at AIR and other nonprofit organizations in need of support across the Greater Seacoast.

      Belknap County Conservation District

      Website: http://www.belknapccd.org/

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      Service Area: Belknap County, New Hampshire

      Project Activities: expanding volunteers engaged in environmental stewardship and food assistance.

      Project Goals: create a coordinated and collaborative community-based volunteer program for Belknap County. The Volunteer Coordinator will work with environmental stewardship and food assistance organizations across the County, matching individuals interested in assisting their community as volunteers with local needs.

      Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire

      Website: https://www.nhyouth.org/

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      Service Area: Greater Concord and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

      Project Activities: creating and delivering 1) Boys & Girls Club policies and practices trainings for new volunteers and 2) volunteer management trainings to site directors.

      Project Goals: help hundreds of youth graduate from high school prepared for the next step, serve as engaged citizens and adopt healthy lifestyles by training and managing skills-based volunteers to support enrichment programming.

      Friends Forever International

      Website: https://www.ff.international/

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      Service Area: Durham and the greater Seacoast Region of New Hampshire

      Project Activities: recognizing our volunteers, planning and executing service days, and creating long-term partnerships with other local nonprofits.

      Project Goals: enhance our volunteer program and have a positive impact on the greater Seacoast community.

      Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains

      Website: https://www.girlscoutsgwm.org/

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      Service Area: New Hampshire

      Project Activities: utilizing Volunteer Systems 2.0, gsLearn (our online learning platform), and information gathered from our current and former volunteers during focus groups and surveys, we will increase staffing for the recruitment and support of first time volunteers, with particular focus on new troop leaders.

      Project Goals: increase retention rates for first time volunteers, increase volunteer satisfaction, and increase overall volunteer numbers to sustain our programming.

      HAVEN Violence Prevention and Support Services

      Website: https://havennh.org/

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      Service Area: the 48 cities/towns of Strafford and Rockingham counties, New Hampshire

      Project Activities: 1) evaluating and improving the online training & testing platform for our volunteer advocates, 2) recruiting volunteers to participate in the online training, and 3) exploring ways to make the online training available to other domestic violence and sexual assault crisis agencies in the state.

      Project Goals: expand availability of training to enlist more volunteers, who play a key role in meeting the rapidly increasing demand for services.

      Lakes Region Community Developers

      Website: https://www.lrcommunitydevelopers.org/

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      Service Area: Laconia, Meredith, Wolfeboro, and Ashland, New Hampshire

      Project Activities: working to bolster the resident councils that were established in 2020-2021 in Laconia, Meredith, and Wolfeboro and to establish a new resident council in Ashland.

      Project Goals: help increase community building and to strengthen the voices and skills of community, resident, and volunteer leaders.

      Merrimack River Watershed Council

      Website: http://merrimack.org/about/

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      Service Area: greater Concord, greater Manchester and greater Nashua, New Hampshire

      Project Activities: conducting outreach, recruitment, a series of technical and interpersonal skillstrainings, and ongoing technical assistance for volunteers.

      Project Goals: increase the organization’s capacity to facilitate impactful volunteer experiences while conducting shoreline cleanups and green space stewardship events rooted in a community need for a healthy river and universal access to clean green space.

      Queen City Bicycle Collective

      Website: https://qcbike.org/

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      Service Area: the Manchester, New Hampshire, community

      Project Activities: attracting, training, and managing a competent volunteer workforce capable of providing effective service to our Collective and for our community.

      Project Goals: increase the Collective’s organizational capacity to consistently meet its mission by growing the involvement of a diverse group of passionate, committed volunteers.

      Willing Hands Enterprises

      Website: http://www.willinghands.org/

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      Service Area: the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire

      Project Activities: recruiting new volunteers, training skilled volunteer leaders, and executing a volunteer appreciation program.

      Project Goals: increase the quantity of food grown and gleaned for distribution to local food shelves.

      VGF Mini-Grants

      FY20 Data:

      $214,315 awarded to 10 NH nonprofits  l  39,135+ volunteer hours served

        Apply for Funding

        Volunteer NH anticipates accepting new applications for funding in early 2023. The VGF Mini-Grant opportunity is not guaranteed to be available and is contingent on factors such as funding availability.

        FY21 VGF Mini-Grants

        Volunteer NH subgrants VGF funding to a variety of nonprofit organizations with ideas for projects that:

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

          Catholic Charities New Hampshire

          Website: https://www.cc-nh.org/

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          Project Activities: Catholic Charities NH will use the grant to purchase print marketing materials to supportexpansion of our volunteer base to grow current programs to underserved areas of NH.

          Cornerstone VNA

          Website: https://cornerstonevna.org/

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          Project Activities: Purchasing/printing costs for materials to support volunteerism (volunteer handbook,display materials for recruitment, laptop for required trainings, marketing materials, etc.).

          Families in Transition

          Website: https://www.fitnh.org/

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          Project Activities: The purchase and implementation of a new volunteer management software, GivePulse.

          FIRST New Hampshire Robotics

          Website: https://www.nefirst.org/new-hampshire

          Project Activities: Develop and execute a volunteer coaches’ training workshop event for FIRST Robotics programs at the elementary and middle school grade levels. This 2-day workshop will focus on the fundamentals of the technology platforms used by each program.

          Lebanon Opera House

          Website: https://lebanonoperahouse.org/

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          Project Activities: Lebanon Opera House intends to hire a marketing consultant to design a volunteer brochure and standing banner that will attract a diverse group of Upper Valley residents to the LOH volunteer program.

          Makers Mill

          Website: https://havennh.org/

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          Project Activities: Purchase a Volunteer Easy subscription for recruiting, retaining, recognizing, and rewarding our volunteers, and a Chanty subscription for volunteer communication, collaboration, and feedback.

          Newmarket Community Church

          Website: http://merrimack.org/about/

          Project Activities: Purchase iPads for volunteer check-in/out and scheduling.

          Partnership for Public Health

          Website: https://www.pphnh.org/

          Project Activities: Purchase CPR and first aid training materials to train volunteers to respond to emergencies.

          Racial Unity Team

          Website: https://www.lrcommunitydevelopers.org/

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          Project Activities: Hire a consultant to develop volunteer recruitment materials and train leadership in volunteer recruitment/management best practices.

          Get Connected

          Volunteer NH and Granite United Way have partnered to bring you Get Connected, an online hub for volunteerism in New Hampshire. Volunteers use Get Connected to find nearby opportunities that fit their interests and schedules. Nonprofits use it to attract, manage and report on volunteer activities in their organizations. Needs are searchable and categorized by location, organization and/or focus (such as animals, disaster relief, etc.).

          With Get Connected, both volunteering and volunteer recruitment have never been easier.