Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

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Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

Pictured above: The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, has once again named Sean and Liz Feren as Co-Chairs of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund for 2024.

Make a Donation to the BCAF

CLICK HERE to make a donation to the BCAF. If you would like to mail in a donation, please make the check out to the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, 153 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104. If you have questions, please contact Melanie English at or (603) 663-0166.

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About the BCAF and Bishop's Summer Reception

BCAF 2023VitaEtCaritasThe 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 2024 Bishop’s Summer Reception to benefit the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund (BCAF) will be held on September 10, 2024 at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Now in its 39th year, the BCAF has raised and distributed $7,689,115 to assist organizations that improve the quality of life and provide the basic essentials for individuals and families in New Hampshire, especially the poor and disadvantaged. 

BCAF Grants

Grant Applications

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for grants for 2024. 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 through the BCAF grant 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 April 24, 2024, or September 18, 2024.

Grant Recipients

View a list of BCAF grant recipients from October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024.

View our 2024 Winter Newsletter

View our 2023 Summer Newsletter

In 2023, The Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund donated over $191,000 to 59 non-profit organizations, helping thousands of people in need in New Hampshire.

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top BCAF2023 Photos

The ninth annual Vita et Caritas Award was presented to Jennifer DuChene. President of the Board of Directors, of Step Up Parents.

The Vita et Caritas Award is 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 about the Vita Caritas Award.

Board of Directors

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