Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

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Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

35 Years of Giving

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.

35th Anniversary Virtual Reception

DOWNLOAD the 2020 BCAF Program Booklet for the Virtual Reception

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

For 2020, after much prayer and discussion, the BCAF board of directors has decided to cancel the Bishop’s Reception due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The BCAF board and campaign committee are committed to still hold our annual fundraiser so we can continue helping organizations through this crisis and into next year. The fundraiser will begin after July 4th and run until September 10, 2020. Although we will not be celebrating under a large tent at St. Pius X Parish, as we did in 2019, our donors will be invited to participate in a virtual celebration on Thursday, September 10, 2020. We hope you will join us again this year so we can help all those who are in need and that we can continue Christ’s work in New Hampshire.

BCAF Grants

Grant Applications

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for grants for 2021. 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 16, 2020, December 16, 2020, February 24, 2021, or April 21, 2021.

Grant Recipients

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

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.

Donations between $500-$2,499

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson, PA

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester

Friends of the Campaign

Longchamps Electric, LLC

Members First Credit Union

Members of the Board of Directors of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund

Merrimack County Savings Bank

Northeast Delta Dental

Novus Public Affairs

Sheehan Phinney

Stebbins Commercial Properties, Inc.

Triangle Credit Union