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Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

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 2015. 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 in by noon on March 20, 2015 and May 15, 2015.

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

2014 BCAF Campaign Aims to Help Provide Basic Needs

Bishop Peter A. Libasci has named Tom and Devin Farrelly of Rye as Co-chairs of the 2014 Bishops Charitable Assistance Fund campaign. The fundraising begins in July and will raise money to support organizations that provide for basic needs for New Hampshire residents.

BCAF Grant Recipients

CLICK HERE to view a list of BCAF grant recipients from October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015.

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:
Patrick F. McGee, Sr.
Secretary for Development and Communication
(603) 663-0136


Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
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