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Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

About the BCAF

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is a not-for-profit organization within the Catholic Church in New Hampshire. The Fund enables the Bishop of Manchester, through a board of directors, to make grants to not-for-profit organizations without regard to religious affiliation for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs. Volunteer lay men and women, who serve as Directors, make recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester for grants with an emphasis on meeting basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, heat and other necessities. The grants go to organizations in New Hampshire whose mission and operations are consistent with the mission of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Grant Applications

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for grants for 2017. The BCAF gives preference to tax-exempt organizations that assist with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing and home heating. Guidelines and instructions on how to apply are available though the application form.

The board meets quarterly to review grant applications. If your organization is interested in applying for a grant we need your request on March 8, 2017 and May 3, 2017.

Please contact Melanie English at (603) 663-0166 or at menglish@rcbm.org if you have any questions.

BCAF Grant Recipients

Bob Dunn, Board Member BCAF, Lou Catano, Executive Director, Christine Rockwell, Chef

BCAF Helps Provide Meals at Webster House

A $4,000 grant from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund will help Webster House in Manchester provide meals for the young men and women residing there. The Webster House provides a safe, supportive home for children who are unable to live at home primarily for reasons of abuse, neglect or difficulties in the community.  

Bishop Peter A. Libasci and the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund are proud to join the community in supporting the importance of the work of The Salvation Army, especially at this time of year. Individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations make gifts to the Fund and enable the Bishop of Manchester to help feed, clothe and shelter individuals and families around the state.

CLICK HERE to view a list of BCAF grant recipients from October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017.

Vita et Caritas Award

Apply now for the Vita et Caritas Award presented to a non-profit organization’s volunteer who makes significant contributions to the organization. This award, which includes a grant to the organization, honors the memory of Ruthie Ford, whose life reflected tireless dedication to service to help women, children and families. Read More

Board of Directors

The BCAF has a volunteer board of directors that is responsible for both raising funds and reviewing and approving grant applications.

Guidelines and Application

Information on the types of grants made by the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund as well as an application form are available to download.

BCAF Newsletter

The latest edition of the newsletter and listing of recent grants.

For more information, please contact:
Thomas Bebbington
Interim Secretary for Development and Communication
(603) 663-0150


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The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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