Program Goal: The goal of the Opportunity Grants Program is
to improve the health of New Hampshire’s people by funding projects that
address urgent needs and emerging opportunities.
Grant uses: Opportunity Grants will be used to support
projects (including technical assistance) that address urgent needs and
emerging opportunities, innovative projects, and/or projects that build and
disseminate knowledge. Typically, these projects involve a one-time commitment
and are short term (12 months or less).
Eligibility: Grants will be limited to nonprofit
organizations that are tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code, government
agencies, schools, colleges and universities. Proposed projects or activities
must serve the people of New Hampshire. The
following are generally NOT eligible:
of state projects.
campaigns and/or fundraising events.
Lobbying. Direct (influence legislative body) and grassroots lobbying (call to
of public funding.
or religious programs.
or indirectly supporting political activities including political campaigns.
Selection Criteria: Priority will be given to projects that:
Advance health equity for people
who lack a fair opportunity to optimize their health potential for a variety of
reasons including income, age, race, culture, ethnicity, disability,
educational level, geography or sexual orientation.
Leverage resources including other
Present a compelling case regarding
the seriousness and urgency of the need.
Identify realistic, attainable and
measurable outcomes that address the identified need.
Demonstrate the applicant’s
ability to successfully implement the project.
Involve collaboration with other
Demonstrate sustainability, if
Serve or have the potential to
serve a wide geographic area of New Hampshire and/or a significant population
of NH residents.
Address an Endowment priority area.
Complete the Online Application.
Provide an overview of the organization as requested in each field.
Proposal Overview. Provide an overview of the project as
requested in each field.
Performance Measurement. List specific project outcome (results you
seek to achieve) and the outcome indicators (how you will know whether your
outcomes have been achieved) in the designated fields.
(5 pages or less). Provide answers to each of the following questions
completely and succinctly in a separate document and attach the document to the
online application. The level of
detail should correspond to the scope and complexity of the project.
Statement of Need/Opportunity. Describe
the challenge, issue and/or opportunity the project will address. Using data, if possible, explain the need of
Project and Grant Descriptions. Describe
the proposed project, including how it responds to the identified need or opportunity,
key project activities and timeline. Include any potential barriers to success
and how you plan to minimize them.
Health Equity. Summarize
how the project promotes health equity for vulnerable and/or underserved
populations and supports people to optimize their full health potential.
Sustainability. If the project is to
continue beyond the grant period, describe resource plans for sustaining the proposed
Organizational Capacity. Provide a brief
overview (2-3 paragraphs) of your organization and how the project aligns with your
mission. Explain (with examples) how
your organization has been successful with its past work and demonstrate its
ability to manage the project. Describe
the qualifications of project leaders and/or key project staff and why your
organization is uniquely positioned to undertake this work.
Collaboration. Describe the collaborative
relationships needed for the project to be successful. Explain whether partnerships have already
been established and what partners bring to the project. If collaborative relationships are not
needed, explain why.
Project and Grant Budget. Provide
a Budget Table and Budget Justification for the project and grant and submit as
attachments to the online application. See Budget Guidelines.
Letters of Collaboration.
If applicable, provide a letter of
commitment from each collaborating organization which explains with specificity
their resources that will be committed to the proposed project and submit as an attachment to the online
If applicable, provide key project personnel information (bio, resume, and/or
job description) and submit as an
attachment to the online application.
Contractor Information. If applicable, provide the contractor scope
of work and, if available, the contractors’ qualifications and contractor
agreement, and submit as an attachment
to the online application.
Board List. Provide a list of
current board members which includes business affiliations and phone numbers and submit as an attachment to the online
Financial Statements. Provide
the most recent interim financial and/or audited financial statements and submit as an attachment to the online
Operating Budget. Provide the
most recent operating budget as an attachment to the online application.
There will be two opportunities to
submit grant proposals:
December 31, 2013 deadline with
decisions the following March 31, 2104; and
June 30, 2014 deadline with
decisions the following September 30, 2014.
Exception: Proposals related to extremely time-sensitive
needs and/or opportunities that could
not have been foreseen may be accepted and considered off-cycle. We encourage you to contact our staff to discuss
an “off-cycle” grant request.
The grant range is typically
between $1,000 and $20,000.
The grant term is typically one
year or less and one time funding.
A final report is required at the
end of the grant period.
Complete the online application (link below) and attach the following documents to the online
application, as applicable.