Tillotson fund has awarded nearly $1.5m to North Country groups this year



Neil and Louise Tillotson


The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has awarded 28 grants totaling nearly $1.5 million in 2018 to benefit groups and programs in the North Country through its competitive application program.

Established in 2006, the Tillotson Fund is one of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the country, distributing more than $3 million in grants annually to support projects that focus on community revitalization. Grants are awarded to municipal, educational and nonprofit organizations throughout northern New Hampshire and bordering communities in the United States and Canada.

“There are extraordinary people up here doing important work, and it is an honor to be in partnership with them,” said Phoebe Backler, Foundation senior program officer for the Tillotson Funds. “It is truly inspiring to talk with leaders from across the region about their vision for developing vital, prosperous communities.”

Grants recommended by the Tillotson Fund Advisory Committee include $80,000 to the Family Resource Center in Gorham for general operating support. The Family Resource Center provides essential services and program coordination for families with small children, including home visiting, developmental screening
and parenting strategies workshops. The center also provides after-school care and a variety of other programs and services.

Others receiving grants included: 

• Coös County Family Health Services, Berlin, received $100,000 to purchase dental equipment and upgrade the Coös County Family Dental clinic in Berlin.

• Coös Cycling Club, Gorham, received $20,000 to continue expanding and improving the non-motorized multi-use trail network on Pine Mountain in Gorham.

• Coös Economic Development Corporation, Lancaster, received $20,000 to conduct a feasibility study assessing the renovation of two buildings for use as commercial and workforce housing space in Whitefield.

• Family Resource Center, Gorham, received $80,000 (over two years) for general operating support.

• New Hampshire — JAG, Manchester, received $14,000 to provide a paid summer trail crew experience for up to 20 teenagers from Berlin and Woodsville.

• New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Durham, received $105,000 — over three years — to provide technical assistance to North Country businesses.

• North Country Chamber Players, Inc., Franconia, received $18,000 to provide support for community concerts, band residencies
and other musical enrichment activities in Coös County for the Chamber’s 40th anniversary.

• North Country Health Consortium, Littleton, received:

- $300,000, over three years, to provide general operating support.

- $62,500 to continue supporting Youth Leadership through Adventure and other strategies of the substance prevention network throughout North Country high schools and middle schools.

• The town of Colebrook received $94,784 to support the replacement of emergency communications equipment serving the northern borders of New Hampshire and Vermont and southern Quebec.

For more information, visit www.nhcf.org.