The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation recently awarded 15 grants totaling $210,009 through its competitive application program.
Hikers exploring the Cohos Trail in Pittsburg will cross bogs using new bridges – and leave vegetation intact. The City of Berlin will update its master plan. Teachers in Colebrook will get the tools they need to support the social and emotional well-being of their students. And all 5 th and 6th graders from across the North Country will have the opportunity to try a snow sport, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Grants were awarded to the following NH organizations:
Affordable Housing, Education and Development in Littleton received $20,000 to continue supporting the Centsible Families program.
City of Berlin received $20,000 to update its master plan in 2020.
Cohos Trail Association in Lancaster received $11,937 to replace 480 feet of bog bridges on the Fourth Connecticut Lake Trail near Pittsburg.
School Administrative Unit #7 in Colebrook received $18,500 to support district-wide social and emotional learning practices, including coaches and tracking software.
White Mountain Science in Littleton received $11,685 to enhance computer science knowledge through a Day of Code workshop for teachers and students from 13 schools in Coos County.
Secret Sock Society in Franconia received $2,120 for scholarships for North Country fifth and sixth-graders to participate in the Snow Sports Field Trip Program.
Vermont and Canada
Brighton Community Forum, Island Pond, VT received $20,000 to create an interactive digital marketing program highlighting Island Pond and the Destination Island Pond Event series.
Cooperative de solidarite de Dixville, Dixville, Quebec received $14,500 to support general operations.
Foret Hereford, Inc., Coaticook, Quebec received $20,000 (over two years) to support recreational infrastructure and programming for youth and adults.
Municipalite de Sainte-Edwidge-de-Clifton, Sainte-Edwidge-de-Clifton, Quebec received $4,315 to support a cultural development planning process that engages community members.
Municipalite Regional de Comte de Coaticook, Coaticook, Quebec received $12,007 (over three years) to develop and implement a new 5 th - and 6 th -grade curriculum, “Teaching the Coaticook Region,” highlighting historic and cultural assets.
Northern Community Investment Corporation, St. Johnsbury, VT, received $4,945 for marketing materials and support activities for the Androscoggin Valley Food Cooperative.
Ressourcerie des Frontieres, Coaticook, Quebec, received $20,000 to support capital renovations.
Vermont Energy Education Program, Montpelier, received $20,000 to continue providing STEM programming in 10 North Country schools.
Vermont Foodbank, Barre, VT received $10,000 to continue supporting the BackPack Program in Brighton and Lunenburg, Vermont.
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.