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
The County had a successful year in grants. The grants department managed 39 grant agreements with an award value of $10,341,422—including $1,817,612 in new grant awards—that produced $2,669,944 in revenue (up $204,295 from last year) including $115,604 in administrative fees (up $37,250). This was accomplished with only $109,176 in department expenditures. The return on investment on administrative fees is 6% and on grant revenue is 2,346%.
During 2017, the grants department wrote 24 grants from the County to various funders; ten of which were awarded by year-end, eight were denied, and six are still pending. Renewal applications included the Department of Transportation Purchase of Service, Highway Safety overtime patrols, Public Health Network, and Victims of Crime Act. New project applications include a request for travel funds for the System of Care from New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and a request for stipends for recovery coaches from the Dobles Foundation.
On an on-going basis, NH 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. NH 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. NH Community Development Finance Authority awards the County a CDBG grant to provide training and technical assistance services to microenterprise business development programs.
Among the newest additions to the grants portfolio is a $292,227 state grant from the Superior Court of New Hampshire Drug Offender Program for the Cheshire County Drug Court. Previously funded by two federal grants, the drug court now receives state funds for a program coordinator, case manager, and a clinician, their training and travel, and participant treatment, testing, and services, to benefit an average of 23 participants. The program helps to turn around the life of a participant, which creates immeasurable positive impact on their children and family members, and increases public safety while decreasing public burden on assistance programs.
The System of Care Implementation grant launched in 2017 by hiring three wraparound care coordinators and executing several subcontracts for marketing, evaluation, peer support, youth representation, a website, and local training programs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) awarded the County a $4 million, 4-year grant 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. NHCF supported this project with a $7,000 award to send five System of Care team members to the National Wraparound Implementation Academy.
The County fiscally sponsored about 10 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 through their Center for Population Health department. The total value of the awards is about $718,000 and year-end grant revenue is about $280,000. The County fiscally sponsored a Department of Transportation grant of $207,848 and revenue of $115,433 for the Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation. The County sponsored a total of five Community Development Block Grants during 2017 with an award value of $2.1 million and year-end revenue of $1.2 million.
The grants department provides assurance of good stewardship over grant funds as it has high quality management systems that meet grant standards and have produced an excellent history of grant performance and compliance. Toward that end, the grants department recurrently reviews and updates policies and procedures. In 2017, the Indirect Cost Rate Policy was updated, a Cost Allocation Plan created, and the subcontractor agreement template was revised.
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 and she continually forwards funding opportunities to agencies looking to finance operations or specific projects. In 2017, the County collaborated with Keene State College and the Monadnock Humane Society to teach grant writing to two college interns, each of whom submitted a grant they wrote.
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 community services as a fiscal sponsor to area organizations. The grants manager, who is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) from the Grant Professionals Association, writes and/or coordinates the application process of new grants. With the help of a grants assistant, the department oversees the fiscal and contractual obligations of all county grants.
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