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 County grants manager oversees the fiscal and contractual obligations of all county grants and writes and/or coordinates the application process of new grants. The grants manager serves as a community resource to assist area non-profits in finding and writing grants and continually forwards funding opportunities to agencies looking to finance operations or specific projects and programs.
When a funding need is presented, we careful review the source, requirements, internal capacity of the organization to fulfill the programmatic outcomes, evaluation needs, etc. and see 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. For that service, we have set an indirect cost rate of 10% of direct grant expenses.
Please contact the grants manager if your organization is interested in discussing a partnership with us as a fiscal sponsor. For more information about fiscal sponsorship, please see our fiscal sponsor criteria, indirect cost rate policy, and our fiscal sponsorship agreement template.
If you need assistance searching for or applying for grants, or if you would like to be on the outreach list for grants for a specific project or program, please contact the grants manager and see the list of grants for small and startup businesses and the list of grants for non-profits.
Suzanne Bansley, MBA, GPC
Grants Manager, Cheshire County
603-355-3023 and firstname.lastname@example.org
The County had an exceptionally successful year in grants. The department managed 41 grant agreements with an award value of $10,687,278—including $6,218,980 in new grant awards—that produced $2,468,240 in revenue including $78,354 in administrative fees. This was accomplished with only $73,309 in department expenditures. The return on investment on administrative fees is 7%, on grant revenue is 3,267%, and on new grant awards is 8,334%.
The most lucrative grant award won this year was the System of Care Implementation grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) for $4 million 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. Another notable grant award was won from Land and Community Heritage Investment Program who awarded the County $118,000 to rehabilitate the windows of the historic County Courthouse, now County Hall; work will begin in 2017.
The Sheriff’s Office moved the dispatch center to the main floor of County Hall and upgraded and modernized the facility and its equipment with three grants totaling $489,231 from the New Hampshire Department of Safety Homeland Security. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office received several small grants this year from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency, and New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of State Police, and the Bulletproof Vests Partnership program.
The County wrapped up the $671,617 N.H. Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Service’s Partnership for Success 2-year grant-funded project, aimed at reducing drug and alcohol misuse among young adults, with revenue of $138,201. The Cheshire County Drug Court continued to be funded in its 4th year with extensions on its two grants totaling $1,324,926 from the federal Department of Justice and SAMHSA. Cheshire County Attorney’s Office received two State Department of Justice grants with a total award value of $112,500 and year-end revenue of $79,667 that offset the salaries of the domestic violence prosecutor and the victim witness advocate.
The County fiscally sponsored 12 grants that benefited the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network and the Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps, both programs managed by Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth Hitchcock with an award value of $689,875 and year-end grant revenue of $324,497. The County fiscally sponsored a Department of Transportation grant of $192,582 and revenue of $88,182 for the Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation. The County sponsored six Community Development Block Grants with an award value of $2,072,626 and year-end revenue of $894,389. A new fiscal sponsee of the County was Reality Check, based in Jaffrey, and funded with a 5-year Drug Free Communities grant from SAMHSA of $625,000 and revenue of $31,503.
The County appreciates C&S Wholesale Grocers for grant funds used to purchase sharp disposal kits that volunteers used to safely collect and dispose of drug needles left in public places. The County appreciates Cheshire Medical Center’s Healthy Monadnock Program for grant funds used to purchase equipment and supplies for a lactating room for employees and the public.
During the year the county grants manager continued to work to aligned county policies with the relatively new Federal government’s universal grant guidelines, also known as 2 CFR Part 200. The grants manager revised the County indirect cost policy, wrote grant procurement procedures and created templates, and expanded upon a comprehensive grants policy and procedures manual. Additionally, the grants manager continued to provide public benefit by creating a list of fundraising tips, resources, and events to share with non-profits when a grant search does not result in a viable funding opportunity. A part-time assistant was hired mid-year to assist with the extra workload created by the increased number of grant awards and tighter grant terms and conditions.
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 by expanding the services in the community by being a fiscal sponsor to area organizations. The County grants manager, who this year received her Grant Professional Certificate from the Grant Professionals Association, oversees the fiscal and contractual obligations of all county grants and writes and/or coordinates the application process of new grants.
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