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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(L-R) Dr. Maria Ryan, Bishop Peter A. Libasci and Atty. Ovide M. Lamontagne meet to discuss the 2016 campaign to support the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund.
Bishop Peter A. Libasci has appointed Maria Ryan, Ph.D. and Ovide M. Lamontagne, Esq. as co-chairs of the 2016 campaign to support the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund. The campaign is the sole support for the Fund, which provides grants to non-profit organizations in New Hampshire that address basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter, heating and medical assistance. Read More
Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund Launches Campaign
The 2016 Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund began its 32nd 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 $226,000 and over 450 donors attended the Summer Reception.
Photo (L to R):
Back row: Paul Harrington, Sean Feren, Atty. Robert Dunn, Atty. Ovide Lamontagne, Co-chair, Atty. Alex Walker, Steve McManis, Dr. Joseph Pepe and Atty. Eleanor Dahar
Front row: Michael Reed, Thomas Farrelly, Dallas Lagerquist, Maria Ryan, Co-chair, July Ford Bailey, Atty. Bradford Cook and Anthony Annino
Not in the photograph: Richard Bunker, Ronald Covey, Walter Gallo, Patrick McGee, Dennis Ryan, Cathleen Schmidt, Donald St. Germain, Bill Weidacher, Rob Wieczorek and Paul Young.
The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for grants for 2016. 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 September 14, 2016, December 14, 2016, March 8, 2017 and May 3, 2017.
Please contact Melanie English at (603) 663-0166 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
CLICK HERE to view a list of BCAF grant recipients from October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016.
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
The BCAF has a volunteer board of directors that is responsible for both raising funds and reviewing and approving grant applications.
Information on the types of grants made by the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund as well as an application form are available to download.
The latest edition of the newsletter and listing of recent grants.
For more information, please contact:
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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