HNH Foundation Awards $974,866 to Improve the Health of New Hampshire Children


The HNH Foundation awarded $974,866 in grants during its 2015 program year. The awards benefited 23 health-related initiatives and projects at non-profit and community organizations across the state.  The HNH Foundation makes grants to address systemic change to affect the health of New Hampshire’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. Grants awarded in 2015 included projects that support access to health and dental insurance coverage, oral health prevention services for young children and pregnant women, grass-roots efforts to increase affordability of locally-grown food, and improved capacity to help infants and young children experiencing trauma and preventing childhood obesity.

According to HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau, these grants, several of them multi-year awards, address the Foundation’s core mission: “We seek to support innovative ways to advance our funding priorities: preventing childhood obesity, promoting oral health prevention, improving access to children’s health and dental insurance coverage, increasing access to healthy, affordable food, and preventing or ameliorating the effects of childhood trauma.” Many of the 2015 grants focus on policy, system and environmental changes to achieve these goals, including creating safe places to walk and bike in both urban and rural areas, increasing participation in the Granite State Farmer’s Market Match program, and strengthening oral health preventive services in schools and WIC clinics.   Some grant recipients include the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, North Country Health Consortium, Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, NH Food Bank, NH Women’s Foundation, Families in Transition, and the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.


2015 Grants Awarded

Click here to download a list of the HNH Foundation's 2015 Grants

Just Published:  Spring 2016 RFP

On December 1, the HNH Foundation published guidelines for our five funding priorities:  obesity prevention, oral health, health and dental insurance coverage, food insecurity and childhood trauma.  We have also launched an online grant application and reporting system that will enable applicants to complete every step of the process, starting with the initial LOI (Letter of Inquiry), full application and progress reports.

Click here for Grant Guidelines and links to videos explaining how to register and use the online application system.

HNH Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to NH Women’s Foundation to Support Programs for At-Risk Children and Families

NH Womens Fund receives $25000 grant from HNH FoundationThe NH Women’s Foundation of Concord has received $25,000 in funding from the HNH Foundation to enhance grant-making to support women and children across the state. The money will be distributed in individual grants of up to $5000 to organizations that help to reduce the risk of adverse childhood experiences, including preventing teen pregnancy, increasing home visits for new parents, and mitigating the effects of homelessness.

The funding will help the NH Women’s Foundation assist organizations that explore ways to effect change through education and public policy, encourage mentoring and training, and promote practical ways to increase the overall health and long-term financial stability of young families.

“We are honored to partner with the NH Women’s Foundation, whose work reinforces our commitment to serve the most vulnerable children across New Hampshire. Together, we identified time-sensitive needs that we could assist with, including efforts to address childhood abuse and neglect that align with the strategic direction of the HNH Foundation Board,” said HNH President Gail Garceau.

In accepting the funding, NH Women’s Foundation CEO and President Terie Norelli stated that “The opportunity to partner with the HNH Foundation came at the just the right time for us - offering an opportunity for even greater support to our nonprofit partners, who provide a safety net for women, girls and families around New Hampshire.  We’re proud to work side by side with the HNH Foundation to strengthen our communities, and promote opportunity and equality for New Hampshire citizens.”

More information about the NH Women’s Foundation is at

(LtoR:  HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau and Board Chair Martha McLeod present NH Women’s Foundation CEO and President Terie Norelli with $25,000 in funding to help support programs for at-risk women and children across New Hampshire.)

Breakfast & discussion about increasing access to affordable, healthy food

Featured Speaker:  Oran B. Hesterman
Monday, November 30, 8-10am
Capital Center for the Arts
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Martha McLeod, HNH Foundation Chair, will share highlights of a new funding priority: increasing opportunities for children and families to access affordable, healthy food.  Please join us to learn more and celebrate the launch of this new grant program

Oran HestermanOran Hesterman - Featured Speaker

Oran B. Hesterman is the president and CEO of Fair Food Network and a national leader in food systems and sustainable agriculture. His 2011 book, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, provides an inspiring guide to changing not only what we eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, and sold.

Just Published:  Revised Map of New Hampshire Uninsured

The 2015 New Hampshire Affordable Care Act Enrollment Resources Map provides information about the location of the remaining New Hampshire uninsured population, following the first two ACA enrollment periods. The map also identifies the locations of free in-person assistance from trained staff, for people seeking help in exploring or enrolling in coverage options. Click here for the interactive online map.

The Resources Map, and the research required to create it, is funded by the HNH Foundation as part of a comprehensive Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach & Enrollment plan that began in 2013. Learn more about this work.