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. The greatest asset of the grants department is that it furthers the County’s mission by helping to meet unique and unmet needs of county residents by obtaining and managing grants and projects that would otherwise be unaffordable. Additionally, it connects non-profits to the knowledge and resources they need to support, enhance, or expand on the services they provide.
The grants department is staffed by a full-time grants manager and full-time grants assistant who oversee the fiscal and contractual obligations of all county grants and write and/or coordinate the application process of new grants. The grants department serves as a community resource to assist area non-profits in finding and writing grants. They continually forward funding opportunities to agencies looking to finance specific projects and programs.
When a funding need is presented, we carefully review the source, requirements, internal capacity of the organization to fulfill the programmatic outcomes, evaluation needs, etc., and determine if the goals of the grant align with the goals of the County. As fiscal sponsor, we do not implement the program, but we do manage the funds and adhere to the strict guidelines set forth by the funder.
Please contact the grants manager if your organization is interested in discussing a partnership with us as a fiscal sponsor, or if you would like assistance searching for or applying for grants.
Suzanne Bansley, MBA, GPC
Grants Manager, Cheshire County
603-355-3023 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheshire County’s 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 37 grant agreements with an award value of $8.4 million—including $1.4 million in new grant awards—that produced $2.4 million in revenue including $120,459 in administrative fees. The department accomplished this with only $119,889 in department expenditures. The return on investment on grant revenue is 1,886%.
During 2018, the grants department wrote 17 grants from the County to various funders; twelve of which were awarded, and five denied. New project applications included an Emergency Management Planning Grant for a generator for Maplewood Nursing Home, a Public Utilities Commission Renewable Energy Fund grant for a biomass boiler for Maplewood, a Homeland Security grant for two portable radio consoles for the County Dispatch Center, a Building Resilience Against Severe Weather And Climate Effects grant and a training grant from the Victims of Crime Act program.
The County wrapped up the window rehabilitation project at the Historic County Courthouse, now “County Hall.” Land and Community Heritage Investment Program grant awarded $117,482 for the project. New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Putnam Foundation awarded $50,000. Donations made up the remaining $67,481 needed to complete the project. The County contracted with Window Master of Dublin, NH to rehabilitate 81 windows. They removed the windows from their frames. They removed old paint, the glass, and glazing compound. They repaired and cleaned the glass, and reinstalled it into a glazing compound. They applied new weather stripping and installed a new balance system for operation.
The System of Care Implementation grant is the County’s largest grant-funded program. In 2017, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration awarded the County $4 million to spend over 4 years to improve the behavioral health outcomes of children and youth with serious emotional disturbance by building and engaging infrastructure capacity to create a comprehensive System of Care approach and implement wraparound. In 2018, a new process coordinator started with the program, which is now fully staffed with a project director and three wraparound coordinators as well. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration visited the program on site in Keene. Their feedback was positive. They acknowledged that the program is aligned well with the state, has strong history of collaboration, and the governance board has good representation across child-serving agencies. For the second year in a row, NHCF supported this project with an $8,700 award to send six System of Care team members to the National Wraparound Implementation Academy. The greatest challenge with this grant program continues to be collecting backup documentation to support a total of $2 million of in-kind match required by the grant.
On an on-going basis, the Superior Court of New Hampshire awards the County a Drug Offender Program grant. New Hampshire Department of Justice awards the County Attorney’s Office a Victims of Crime Act grant for a victim/witness coordinator and a Violence Against Women Act grant for a domestic violence prosecutor. New Hampshire Highway Safety awards the Sheriff’s Office a Sustain Traffic Enforcement Patrol grant for deputies’ overtime to conduct traffic enforcement. The Department of Justice awards a Justice Assistance Grant to the Sheriff’s Office for telecommunication and a bulletproof vests grant.
The County fiscally sponsored 10 grants from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the National Association of County and City Health Officials that passed through Cheshire County to the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network and the Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps. Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock manages both programs through the Center for Population Health department. The combined award value was $738,783. Year-end grant revenue was $288,675. These grants provided funding to host a regional public health network and align a range of public health and substance misuse prevention and related health promotion activities, as well as expand capacity of community programs for emergency preparedness and evacuation.
The County fiscally sponsored a Department of Transportation grant of $207,848, with year-end revenue of $99,600 for the Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation. This grant provides accessible transportation services to seniors and disabled.
New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority awards the County a Community Development Block Grant on an annual basis through a competitive grant application to provide training and technical assistance services to microenterprise business development programs. The County sponsored two additional Community Development Block Grants during 2018. The total combined award value of Community Development Block Grants was $1,620,630. The year-end revenue was $445,898.
As well as writing and managing grants for the County and for community organizations, the grants manager serves as a community resource to assist area non-profits in finding and writing grants. The grants manager continually forwards funding opportunities to agencies looking to finance operations or specific projects. Specifically, in 2018, the County provided grant writing or research assistance to Swanzey Rail Trails Advisory Committee, Town of Swanzey, Cheshire Historical Society, and Monadnock Humane Society. Additionally, the grants manager served on Monadnock United Way’s Investment Review Team to help make funding allocations for community organizations.
Respectfully submitted by,
Suzanne Bansley, MBA, GPC
Grants Manager, Cheshire County
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