After the Learn team narrows the focus of the current topic, the Give team continues with the next step of our yearly cycle. The goal of the Give process is to determine the organizations and programs that best address the current topic, while remaining true to the Giving Circle’s mission and priorities. In order to do this, the Give team analyzes grant applications, and presents findings to the board membership. Board members vote to select the gift recipients.
Giving Circle priorities include:
Improving quality of life of the Seacoast
Serving the socio-economically underprivileged
Fostering independence and self-reliance
Addressing emerging needs and issues
Providing long-term solutions
Investing in the expansion of existing organizations rather than the creation of new ones
STRENGTHENING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES DURING A PANDEMIC - $90,000
Giving Cycle 2020-2021
Fair Tide’s mission is to reduce homelessness by providing housing and supportive services to individuals and families in the Seacoast. This grant will be used to expand the Landlord Engagement Initiative (LOI), a successful pilot program aimed at securing stable housing in the private rental market for those who are facing homelessness. This innovative program employs a variety of strategies including a sign on bonus for landlords, case management services, and guaranteed security deposits and rent.
Gather’s goal is to make the Greater Seacoast a hunger-free community. As the region’s only preventative health-focused food pantry, they distribute nourishing food, take a leadership role in building an equitable and sustainable regional food system, and galvanize public support to end hunger. The grant will be used to support Gather’s primary programs including the Pantry Market, mobile food delivery, and facilitation of the Food Provider’s Network. Collaborative design and local partnerships are central to these effective programs.
HAVEN is the largest violence prevention and support services agency in NH. Their mission is to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking, and to support and empower women, men, youth and families to heal from abuse and rebuild their lives. They accomplish this through Prevention Education, 24/7 Client Services, and outreach and training. The grant will support HAVEN’s ability to provide shelter and housing assistance through a case management model that includes support services, financial assistance, and housing procurement.
Seacoast Community School:
The Seacoast Community School is a community resource committed to providing nurturing care and exceptional education for all children of the Seacoast. As a nationally accredited (NAEYC) and state licensed Early Childhood site, they offer an integrated half-day preschool, before and after school programs, and a satellite preschool in the Gosling Meadows neighborhood. This grant will be used to improve support for low income families through scholarships for Meadows Preschool Program and an AM PEAK program devised in response to the COVID pandemic.
Seacoast Youth Services:
Seacoast Youth Services seeks to ensure that Seacoast youth and their families, particularly those most at-risk, are able to access best practice mental health services including prevention, intervention, and treatment programs. The grant will be used to increase the capacity of the Odyssey Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Waypoint has been protecting, advocating for and serving the needs of children and families for nearly 170 years. They provide a full spectrum of social services that address human needs at every stage of life. This grant will be used to expand services for homeless youth and young adults on the Seacoast from their new drop-in center in Rochester. The center will be a safe place, providing basic needs and offering services and resources that help young people focus on how to change their lives.