Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

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Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

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Make a Donation

Make a donation to the BCAF using the PayPal button below. 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.


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.

BCAF Reception

Please read the note below from Alex Walker, Co-Chair of the 2021 Campaign and President & CEO, Catholic Medical Center

As many of you know, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is on the rise again in New Hampshire. Recently, our state very quickly went from mild transmission to substantial transmission across all counties, and the Centers for Disease Control is forecasting that cases in NH will continue to increase through the end of September.

I have been in regular contact and consultation with CMC’s COVID-10 Task Force which has been monitoring conditions on the ground in Manchester on a daily basis. As cases continue to rise, and breakthrough infections are being recorded, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the in-person Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund reception on September 9, 2021. The health and safety of our friends is paramount. It is out of an abundance of caution and in that we will be moving to a virtual gathering.

Although we cannot return to a public celebration at this time, we are inviting you to come together virtually on September 9, 2021. An email will be sent on September 9th with a link to a virtual video presentation. We look forward to connecting with you through the video presentation, announcing our fundraising results and introducing our very deserving recipient of the Vita et Caritas Award.

Please know that it is our sincere hope that we will once again come together safely at the Bishop’s Reception in 2022. As the Bishop wrote in his letter in the BCAF summer newsletter, “May God truly bless all those who endeavor to continue the good work of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund in New Hampshire.”

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie English from the Diocese of Manchester at 603-669-3100 x166 or All the best to you and your families.

We are pleased to share with you a video presentation about the history of the BCAF for the past 35 years, written and produced by Brad and Kathy Cook, our past chairs.

BCAF Grants

Grant Applications

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for grants for 2021-2022. 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 September 15, 2021, December 15, 2021, February 23, 2022, or April 20, 2022.

Grant Recipients

View a list of BCAF grant recipients from October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021.

View our 2021 BCAF Newsletter

VCA Logo Color 150Vita et Caritas Award

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.