Alstead(603) 835-2986 Visit town website
Chesterfield(603) 363-4624 Visit town website
Dublin(603) 563-8544 Visit town website
Fitzwilliam(603) 585-7723 Visit town website
Gilsum(603) 357-0320 Visit town website
Harrisville(603) 827-5546 Visit town website
Hinsdale(603) 336-5712 Visit town website
Jaffrey(603) 532-7445 Visit town website
Keene(603) 352-0133 Visit town website
Marlborough(603) 876-3751 Visit town website
Marlow(603) 446-2245 Visit town website
Nelson(603) 847-0047 Visit town website
Richmond(603) 239-4232 Visit town website
Rindge(603) 899-5181 Visit town website
Roxbury(603) 352-4903 Visit town website
Stoddard(603) 446-3326 Visit town website
Sullivan(603) 847-3316 Visit town website
Surry(603) 352-3075 Visit town website
Swanzey(603) 352-7411 Visit town website
Troy(603) 242-3845 Visit town website
Walpole(603) 756-3672 Visit town website
Westmoreland(603) 399-4471 Visit town website
Winchester(603) 239-4951 Visit town website
Cheshire County Grants Department Annual Report 2022
Cheshire County Grants Department delivers incredible value by offsetting the costs of County services and by expanding community services as a fiscal sponsor to area organizations. The Department managed 42 grant agreements in 2022 with a total award value of $12.1 million—including $4.4 million in new grant awards. The Grants Department produced $2.7 million in revenue—including $121,895 in indirect/administrative fees charged to grants. The Department accomplished this with only $133,108 in Department expenditures. The return on investment on grant revenue is 1,939%.
During 2022, the Grants Department worked on 23 grant applications to various funders; 20 of which were awarded, two denied, and one was pending a notice of award at year-end.
New grants awarded for new projects:
New grants awarded for continuing projects:
Fiscal sponsorship provided in 2022 to:
The Cheshire County Drug Court expanded its services this year with new grant funding from the Department of Justice for a recovery coach. A coach was hired in summer 2022 and is now working with participants to connect them to resources, expand upon their network, and increase their stability. The coach provides referrals and additional recovery support services to participants to aid in their overall recovery. This expansion represents a major milestone accomplishment for the program, which has been working towards adding the position for several years.
The System of Care Expansion grant is the County’s largest grant-funded program. In 2020, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration awarded the County the third grant for this program in the amount of $4 million to expand the geographic coverage of the Monadnock Region System of Care—now called Connected Families, NH—north into parts of Sullivan and Grafton counties and to expand its program services to include wraparound for children 0-5, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavioral Health in 18 schools, and expanded coverage of its high-fidelity home-based family therapy program. System of Care grant revenue in 2022 was $848,290.
The County continued fiscal sponsorship of six grants for the Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps, all from the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The combined award value was $66,570 and there were no grant expenses in 2021 or 2022 due to COVID and staff turnover. These grants support a variety of capacity building projects. Plans are underway to spend the funds and complete projects in 2023.
In collaboration with the Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation and Southwest Region Planning Commission, the County fiscally sponsored a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation passed through from the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and a subcontract from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Transportation Equity Program. Together, these funding sources supported transportation services provided by the Community Volunteer Transportation Company, Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, the Keene Senior Center, and Keene Housing Kids Collaborative; as well as a subcontract with Southwest Region Planning Commission to provide regional mobility management services and coordinate the efforts of these and future partners. Combined expenses and revenue for these programs in 2022 was $291,622.
New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority awards the County a Microenterprise Community Development Block Grant on an annual basis through a competitive grant application to provide training and technical assistance services to business development programs. The County sponsored four more Community Development Block Grant during 2022, one of which carried forward from 2020, one from 2021, and two were newly awarded in 2022. The total combined award value these grants was $3,119,831 and 2022 revenue was $1,013,935. Southwest Region Planning Commission writes and administers these grants.
Grants create and sustain many jobs at Cheshire County that would otherwise not exist or would be underfunded. In 2022, about 18 jobs were given partial to full support either directly through a grant or by way of a subcontract funded by a grant.
As well as writing and managing grants for the County and community organizations, the grants manager serves as a community resource to assist local non-profits in finding and writing grants. The grants manager continually forwards funding opportunities to agencies looking to finance operations or specific projects. In 2022, the County provided grant writing, grant searching, or other technical assistance regarding grants to these organizations:
For the very first time, Cheshire County Grants Manager Suzanne Bansley presented a 3-part free grant writing course to employees or volunteers of 14 nonprofit organizations serving Cheshire County residents. Attendees learned about project design, need/problem statements, outcomes and impacts, sustainability and evaluation, capabilities, budgets, and grant searching strategies. Feedback from the program indicated a high level of demand for a course like this.
In general, the Cheshire County Grants Department writes and managements most competitive grants that Cheshire County receives. Grants are awarded for a particular purpose and come with multiple terms and conditions that require meticulous management and accounting to ensure funds are spent consistent with the terms of the award.
Respectfully submitted by,
County Grants Manager Suzanne Bansley, MBA, GPC
Cheshire County’s mission is to be value and service driven and its grants department delivers incredible value by offsetting the costs of various County services and expanding the services in the community by being a fiscal sponsor to area organizations.
Cheshire County Grants
12 Court Street
Keene, NH 03431
Fax (603) 355-3000