The 2017 HNH Foundation Grant Application Process Is Now Open.
Funding requests for one year only in the range of $10,000 - $30,000 will be considered. Multi-year requests are not being accepted at this time.
All interested applicants are required to submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by . The LOIs that best meet the funding criteria will be invited to submit a full application. Not all LOI result in an invitation to apply. Prior to submitting an LOI, review What We Fund and Preparing a Grant Application and other related grant information in the grantmaking section of the HNH Foundation website.
In order to access the online Letter of Inquiry, organizations must register their organization with the HNH Foundation. To create a new account or log on to an existing account, click here.
Note: HNH Foundation anticipates one round of funding in 2017, and returning to bi-annual funding in 2018.
Welcome New Board Members Alisa Druzba and Mel Gosselin
Alisa Druzba of Concord currently serves as the Section Administrator, NH DHHS Rural Health & Primary Care. She has over ten years of experience in managing US DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded projects and coordinating the State Primary Care Office and State Office of Rural Health projects.
Alisa collaborates and consults with local, state, regional, and national stakeholders and partners to develop strategies to improve quality of care in areas that include oral health, health care workforce development, and access to rural health clinics and community health centers.
Mel Gosselin of Manchester is the former Executive Director of the NH Food Bank. In her 13 years at the Food Bank, she oversaw a period of expansion that grew from distributing about 1.5 million pounds of food a year to more than 12 million pounds.
She served as national committee chair for Hunger Action Month, launching a national advocacy and fundraising campaign. She is the recipient of New Hampshire Business Review's 2015 Business Excellence Winner, and has been recognized for her efforts to not only feed the hungry, but to identify and eliminate the root causes of hunger.
HNH Foundation Grant Awards - 2016
The HNH Foundation awarded $580,561 in grants during its Fall 2016 program cycle, bringing the total awarded in 2016 to over $1.1 million. The awards benefited 6 health-related initiatives and projects at non-profit and community organizations across the state. The HNH Foundation makes grants to address change to affect the health of New Hampshire’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. Grants awarded in Fall 2016 included support for Families First (Seacoast area) to expand trauma support services for parents, the NH Public Health Association (statewide) on behalf of the NH Oral Health Coalition, , The Granite YMCA (Manchester) for staff training in early learning centers, and Vital Communities (Grafton and Sullivan counties) to promote access to locally-grown food at farmers markets for low income families.
According to HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau, these grants address the Foundation’s core mission: “We seek to support innovative ways to advance our funding priorities and we recognize that broad, strategic collaboration is critical to making a long-term impact in communities throughout New Hampshire. One example is a statewide grant awarded to New Futures in Fall 2016 to provide support for the NH Advocacy Hub, a new and innovation centralized organization made up of early childhood experts and advocates who can collaborate on public policy and social change.”
Click here to download a list of all the grants made by the HNH Foundation in 2016.
Bill Brown, MA, ACEs Slide Presentation
Recently, the HNH Foundation initiated funding to prevent childhood trauma. We introduced this new funding priority by inviting Bill Brown, MA of Confluence Behavioral Health (VT) to our annual event to speak about the issue. Bill used a combination of data and the personal story of one of his clients to demonstrate the profound physical and emotional impact of childhood trauma. View Bill Brown's slide presentation here.
HNH Foundation Addresses Childhood Trauma at its Annual Event
Photo (left to right): HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau welcomed keynote speaker Bill Brown to the Foundation’s Annual Event on September 20, 2016. They are joined by Board Chair Martha McLeod and Vice Chair Kathleen Crompton.
The HNH Foundation highlighted its new focus on the prevention of childhood trauma at its Annual Event on September 20th in Concord. In the keynote address, Bill Brown, co-owner of Confluence Behavioral Health pringfield, Vermont), examined current research that links exposure to childhood trauma and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) with changes in the body that can impact both physical and mental health.
Brown cited experts in the field who believe that “Adverse Childhood Experiences are the single greatest unaddressed health care challenge facing our nation today.” The stress of childhood abuse, neglect and exposure to violence – called “toxic load” -- has a measurable impact on our bodies and brain development. He cited data that show that childhood trauma affects an individual’s overall life expectancy, often cut short by some 20 years.
Furthermore, Mr. Brown reported that research has established a correlation between exposure to violence, abuse, neglect, addictions and alcoholism to the current opioid crisis. Childhood trauma is also an economic issue, given the high cost of lost job productivity.
Mr. Brown spoke about the importance of improving our ability to be hopeful – to create a healthy and hopeful transition from childhood to adulthood that reduces toxic stress and builds resiliency, and he applauded the HNH Foundation for its leadership in funding programs with this goal.