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 Alex and Lisa Walker the Co-Chairs of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund for 2022.


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.

Reception to Resume in 2022

The BCAF Board of Directors is pleased to announce, after a two-year change to virtual video presentations, we will be holding our public celebration in-person on Thursday, September 8, 6-9 pm, at St. Pius X Parish in Manchester.

The Summer Reception will once again be held under a large white tent, which will be transformed into a celebratory gathering of New Hampshire’s finest donors and special guests. We will once again bring you all together in a park-like setting, filled with dazzling decorations, great food, cocktails, and our announcement for the eighth recipient of the Vita et Caritas Award. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

BCAF Grants

Grant Applications

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for grants for 2022-2023. 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 14, 2022, December 14, 2022, February 22, 2023, or April 19, 2023.

Grant Recipients

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

View our 2022 BCAF Summer Newsletter

View our 2022 BCAF Winter 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.