The Couch Family Foundation focuses its grant making on supporting organizations and programs that serve communities in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, and Martha’s Vineyard.

 
 
 

Who We Support

The Couch Family Foundation seeks to work with strong, stable organizations that respond to the needs of the community. Some of the characteristics we look for include: strong leadership, deep community relationships, comprehensive approaches to addressing need, and partnerships with other agencies and institutions.

Grant Criteria

The Couch Family Foundation focuses its grant making on supporting organizations and programs that serve communities in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, and Martha’s Vineyard.

We gladly accept applications from organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit Status: 501(c)3 non-profit status or fiscal sponsorship through a 501(c)3 organization

  • Geographic Service Area: Organizations that serve the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont; and organizations that serve the Island of Martha's Vineyard


Grant Limitations

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or religious organizations.

 

 

Grant Opportunities

Grant seekers that meet the criteria outlined above may consider applying for project or unrestricted support through one of the following applications:

 
 

COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Community Grant Application is the best choice for organizations that are one of the following:

  1. A first-time applicant to the Foundation

  2. A returning applicant to the Foundation, but has received less than two consecutive years of funding

  3. A returning applicant to the Foundation seeking project-specific funding.

 
 
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ANNUAL Grants

The Annual Grant Application is open to returning applicants that have received funding from the Foundation for two or more consecutive years and are seeking unrestricted support or event sponsorship.

 
 
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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION GRANT

The Foundation prioritizes project-based funding proposals from early childhood education providers that support the following:

  • Quality improvement initiatives

  • Expanding access (particularly for low-income families)

  • Capital expenses

First-time and returning applicants may apply.

For more information about the Foundation’s early childhood priorities, please visit Our Approach.

 

Questions about the Grant Process? Visit our FAQ


 

Important Dates 2019 & 2020

 
 

QUARTERLY
APPLICATION PERIOD

July 6 - October 5, 2019

Oct. 6, 2019 - January 6, 2020
January 7 - April 6, 2020
April 7 - July 6, 2020
July 7 - October 7, 2020

NOTIFICATION OF
GRANT AWARDS

December 2019

March 2020
June 2020
September 2020
December 2020

 

Grant seekers may submit an application for funding using our online portal.  


 

Grant Reports

The Foundation uses grantee reports to learn about the organizations and work supported through Foundation grants. Reports are typically required for project grants and first-time grant recipients. If you are unsure whether or not you need to complete a report, please refer to your grant agreement letter.

The Foundation will notify grantees when a report is due. Please log in to your online account using your organization’s log-in information and password to view, complete and submit your grant report.

Please note: If your organization currently has an award with the Foundation that requires a report, please submit the report before or at the same time as you submit the new application.

If you have any questions about completing a report or accessing the online portal, please contact Paula Lentoni


Photography Credits

Banner photograph courtesy of Opera North. Photo credit Lars Blackmore, Ameridane Press.
Photograph courtesy of Zack’s Place.