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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.

The 2015 Bishop’s Summer Reception to benefit the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund was held on September 10 at Trudel House in Manchester. Attended by over 450 guests, the Reception celebrated the successful campaign that raised over $225,000 to help those most in need in New Hampshire. Read More

2015 Invitation and Giving Levels

CLICK HERE to download an invitation and reply card (pdf)

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What's Happening

Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund Information Reception

Bishop Peter Libasci greeted supporters and others interested in the work of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund at a reception held in Hampton. Bishop spoke about how the work of the BCAF to help organizations serving those most in need is aligned with Pope Francis’ wish for bishops to do something to help the poor. Tom and Devin Farrelly are chairing the effort to raise funds to assist non-profit organization throughout New Hampshire. CLICK HERE for more pictures.

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 September 4, 2015, December 11, 2015, March 11, 2016, and May 6, 2016.

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

Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund Launches Campaign

The 2015 Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund began its 31st year with a meeting of the volunteer committee. The volunteers help raise funds that are used by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester to assist organizations that provide basic needs to people in New Hampshire. Last year the fund raised over $216,000 and over 400 donors attended the Summer Reception.

L to R:
Seated: Donald St. Germain, Neil Levesque, Dennis Ryan, Dr. Joseph Pepe, Steven McManis and Atty. Robert Dunn
Standing: Michael Reed, Sean Feren, Devin Farrelly, Co-chair, Bishop Peter Libasci, Thomas Farrelly, Co-chair, Ronald Covey, Atty. Alex Walker and William Weidacher

Bishop Libasci Reappoints Seacoast Couple

Bishop Peter A. Libasci has appointed Tom and Devin Farrelly of Rye to co-chair the 2015 Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund campaign. The couple successfully led a team to raise $216,000 in 2014. The funds raised in the campaign enable the Bishop of Manchester, through a lay 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. The Campaign kicks off in July and culminates in a Summer Reception at Trudel House to thank contributors.

BCAF Grant Recipients

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

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


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The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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