Foundation for Seacoast Health awards $620K in grants, scholarships


PORTSMOUTH – The Foundation for Seacoast Health recently awarded $600,000 in grants to 20 local nonprofit organizations and $20,000 in scholarships to four students pursuing health-degrees.

A reception was held June 28 at the Wentworth Country Club to recognize the 2022 angel grantees and scholarship recipients and honor recently retired Trustees John Lyons, Steve Witt, Anne Hodsdon, Archie McGowan, Amy Schwartz, John Hebert and Dan Plummer.

Following the sale of the Community Campus to the City of Portsmouth, the Trustees — led by Chair Tim Durkin — wanted to infuse funds quickly into the community. To achieve that goal, the Community Investment Committee, chaired by Darci Knowles, created the angel grant process. Trustees were asked to nominate nonprofits who make a difference in the health and well-being of Seacoast residents. As a result, 20 deserving organizations of various sizes and representing a range of sectors, received a grant between $25,000 and $50,000. In most cases, the funds were awarded as one-year unrestricted operating grants. This process was a way to thank Trustees for having the vision and courage to undertake such a significant change for the organization with the sale of the Community Campus.

Four area students, left to right, Jillian Carr, Emily Locandro, Sarah Morin and Lilia Potter-Schwartz stand with Deb Grabowski of the Foundation For Seacoast Health.  The students received scholarships from the Foundation for Seacoast Health.  Each is pursuing a degree in the health care field.

Grantees include the following organizations: Gather, The Chase Home, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Cross Roads House, Friends Forever, Joan G. Lovering Health Center, Seacoast Community School, Greater Seacoast Community Health-Families First, NAMI NH, White Pine Programs, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Friends of the Music Hall, Krempels Center, Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County, Southern NH Services- Portsmouth Adult Education, Red’s Good Vibes, Connor’s Climb, The Phoenix, Step Up Parents, and Clay Soper Memorial Fund.

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