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Organizations that have Received Funding

Advantage Kids: The mission of Advantage Kids is to bring tennis to the youth of the Central New Hampshire Lakes Region, mainly to children 10 and Under, particularly in underserved communities as a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime. We seek to do so at minimal cost, providing need-based fee waivers, equipment, trained coaches, working in conjunction with town Parks & Recreation Departments.


Belknap House: Belknap House provides families in Belknap County safe, emergency shelter when children are especially vulnerable during homelessness, and empowers families to become self-sufficient. Belknap House re-opened in October and is now a year-round family shelter vs. a cold weather shelter – responding to the 2016-2018 statistics showing family homelessness in Belknap County rose by 43%. As critical as providing a safe, welcoming and dignified environment to children and their parents; is the structured, individually designed programming that is implemented with each family after they arrive. This allows parent(s) to begin their work becoming self-sufficient, and helps maintain family-stability. The House Manager works with families, on individualized goals and required steps, and ultimately re-housing. Throughout the process, Belknap House staff and families collaborate with many local agencies. Short video can be viewed here

Belknap Mill Society: The Belknap Mill Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the Belknap Mill as a unique historic gathering place and a center for award-winning cultural and educational programs. Your donations and membership support our mission and enhance programming for the Lakes Region community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire: Since 1966, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire has been changing lives - one friendship at a time. Mentoring gives youth the inspiration and confidence needed to achieve their dreams, provides parents with a network of support, and offers volunteers the opportunity to make a big difference in someone else's life, just by having fun!

Boys and Girls Club of Central NH – Lakes Region Club: The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region provides quality Before and After School Programs for young people ages 5 and up!

CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire: CASA of New Hampshire provides a voice for children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect by empowering a statewide network of trained volunteers to advocate on their behalf so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. CASA advocates truly change a child’s story. 

Child and Family Services of NH: Child and Family Services of NH is known as Child and Family Services of NH. Its mission is to work collaboratively in the community, creating a social safety net for all who live here. They find solutions to problems through dual roles as practitioners and advocates—a truly holistic approach to practice. It makes a positive, long-lasting impact that improves communities and every life within them.

Circle Program: Circle Program envisions a world of self-reliant young women confidently engaged in their community and living to their full potential. Since 1993, Circle Program has provided free residential summer camp, school year group activities, and year-round one-to-one mentoring, for socially and economically disadvantaged 5th through 12th grade New Hampshire girls. Circle Program strives to provide a safe and caring environment for girls and teens to explore their strengths and possibilities, and to build confidence and a positive self-image. 

Communities for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth: Our focus is comprehensive, outcome-based substance abuse prevention via extensive collaborations, implementation of environmental prevention strategies, and development of award-winning, youth empowerment programming.

Copper Cannon Camp: The mission of Copper Cannon Camp is to enrich the lives of under-served youth of New Hampshire by providing a quality, tuition-free camp experience.

First Tee - New Hampshire: First Tee New Hampshire is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.

Franklin Opera House Inc: Providing a community home for performing arts and entertainment for the Franklin, New Hampshire area.


Gilda's Club in NH: The mission of Gilda’s Club New Hampshire is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Gilford Got Lunch: The Mission of Gilford Got Lunch is to provide healthy and nutritious breakfasts and lunches to school aged children within the Gilford School District on weekends and school vacations including the summer months, who may otherwise go hungry.

Gilford Youth Center: The Gilford Youth Center’s (GYC) mission is to provide a safe, affordable, and inclusive facility (environment) for Gilford and the Lakes Region which offers educational, athletic, and community opportunities for youth, adults and families to improve the quality of life.

Gilmanton Youth Organization: The Gilmanton Youth Organization is operated for the express purpose of organizing and administering high quality sports programs for the school aged children of the Town of Gilmanton, as well as the continued operation, maintenance, and development of GYO Park. Through these programs we hope to promote sportsmanship, develop good character and citizenship in our youth, and develop the athletic ability of our youth. The continued development of GYO Park is to provide a localized destination for GYO’s youth sports programming and greenspace within the Town of Gilmanton for other community activities and events.

Got Lunch! Laconia: GOT LUNCH! Laconia is a collaboration of community partners coming together to feed the children of Laconia during the summer months. Working together are religious institutions, businesses, non-profits and individuals throughout Laconia, all helping to feed the children in this community.

Granite United Way: Granite United Way is a nonprofit organization that makes strategic investments in our community that help others Learn, Earn and Be Healthy. Our impact covers more than 80% of New Hampshire and Windsor County, Vermont.

Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center: is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to strengthen and empower individuals, families, and communities by promoting health, well-being, and self-sufficiency through positive relationships, support, collaboration and education. Our primary programming includes Peer Recovery Supports, Family Supports and the Forever Hope Training Center.  The GTA-FRC is nationally credentialed as a recovery community center that provides a combination of information and social supports designed to be responsive to a range of needs from early recovery from substance use to long term sustained recovery. Family Support Services are customized and comprehensive for the individual or family who comes to us. We take a strength-based approach to services believing everyone has strengths upon which to build. The Forever Hope Training Center provides parent education and community education offerings, as well as professional education workshops in NH and nationally.

Hands Across the Table: Their goal was to create a warm, friendly atmosphere of giving and receiving, similar to that of a big family meal. They designed the program for those in need of food and/or friendship and support. The ambiance, organization and service of Hands Across the Table are structured to support these principals.

Holderness Recreational Department: Holderness Recreation’s mission is to provide a wide range of high quality and affordable recreational opportunities for all ages in the Holderness community.

Interlakes Christmas Fund: The Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund is a non-profit organization that accommodates families who need assistance during the holiday season. Through generous donations and sponsors we are able to provide a joyous holiday season for qualified applicants by providing food, clothing, Christmas trees and gifts.

Isaiah 61 CaféIsaiah 61 Café provides a place for the less fortunate and brokenhearted in Laconia to have access to bathroom facilities, showers, lockers, washer and dryers on a daily basis. They provide food, clothing and supplies from donations, as well as purchased items. They provide daily Bible studies and training for the development of life, parenting and job skills. As needed, they provide transportation, and work as advocates with social services and state assistance. They also provide worship in music and message to inspire the less fortunate and brokenhearted to find hope, healing and purpose in life.

Interlakes Children’s Theater: Interlakes Children’s Theatre (ILCT) offers a place for teens and tweens to participate in theatre, promotes literacy by producing shows based on books, and entertains the local community. Their young actors learn these skills from their adult leaders (director, choreographer, etc.), from adult actors who participate on loan from Interlakes Theatre, and from each other. ILCT is dedicated to providing this experience free of charge to area youth. ILCT is dedicated to providing this experience free of charge to area youth. They are dedicated to promoting literacy and produce shows that are based on books.

Kidworks Learning Center: Their goal is to provide a stimulating environment for children to learn and express themselves with an emphasis on self-esteem. The Center’s philosophy, teachers, and curriculum support a developmental approach to learning, which is incorporated in the daily activities and schedules. A variety of activities are provided that give each child an opportunity to progress at his or her own pace in the major areas of development.

Kingswood: Youth Center: The Kingswood Youth Center provides a safe and positive environment in which youth may grow, learn and develop life skills critical to their success in the adult world.

Laconia Historical and Museum Society:  They are dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of all aspects of the history and culture of the City of Laconia, New Hampshire, and surrounding environs from its earliest inhabitants to the present day.

Laconia Christmas Village: The Laconia Christmas Village is an event that takes place at the Community Center in Laconia, NH. With free admission, this event makes the line to visit Santa entertaining for guests of all ages. Over the years, the village has been built up with the help of hundreds of volunteers to be what it is today! From face painting, to riding in Santa's sleigh, and visiting the café for cookies and lemonade, this tradition is a blast for all who attend. Each child even gets an early Christmas present from Santa! We hope to see you there!

Laconia Police Relief:  The Laconia Police Relief Association – Family Fund has provided services, sponsorship, and scholarship opportunities to children and families of the Lakes Region. The family fund provides services such as fuel assistance, emergency shelter, food, clothing, and other necessities. It has provided assistance to the Laconia Police Department D.A.R.E. program, which most recently has expanded to the Gilford School District, as the Gilford Police Department does not currently have a certified D.A.R.E. Officer. In addition, the Laconia Police Relief Association sponsors local youth sports teams, assists with
National Night Out, a nation wide event that encourages residents to engage with their local public safety teams. The Laconia Police Relief Association Family Fund also supports booster clubs, after school programs, the Greater Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center, Lakes Region Scholarship Fund, and other non-profits that effect the community as it pertains to children and families that we interact with daily.

Lakes Region Child Care Services: There will be a high quality of life for the children and families of the greater Lakes Region community because of the excellence of LRCCS. Children will be cared for in a joyful, nurturing, stimulating learning environment. Parents/guardians will have confidence in the safe, clean, reliable setting and in the professionalism and compassion of the staff. Enjoying a position of leadership in early childhood education, LRCCS will work with community organizations, businesses and schools to influence decisions that will be of benefit to children and families. LRCCS will continue to model best practices in education and to stay current while making careful decisions.


Lakes Region Community Services: Since 1975, Lakes Region Community Services has been an essential community partner supporting individuals and families living with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders and providing community-wide family supports to enhance quality of life from birth through the lifespan.

Lakes Region Elite Basketball: The LRE offers competitive leagues, camps, and practice sessions to boys and girls of all ages.  Our programs are designed to increase basketball skills, awareness, and knowledge, in a safe and competitive environment.

Lakes Region Mental Health Center: Lakes Region Mental Health Center’s mission is to provide integrated mental and physical health care for people with mental illness while creating wellness and understanding in our community. Our vision is to be the community leader providing quality, accessible and integrated mental and physical health services, delivered with dedication and compassion.

Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health: To improve the health and well being of the region through inter-organizational collaboration and community and public health improvement activities.

Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association: The Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association (LRYHA) is dedicated to the development of young athletes and in particular to the growth and development of the great game of ice hockey in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. LRYHA is governed by USA Hockey ( and shares in its mission to promote this fun and exciting sport. LRYHA is committed not only to the development of the ice hockey player but to the development of the player and in teaching the valuable lessons that participation in sports has to offer while doing so in a fun and competitive environment.

Make-A-Wish: Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved—wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy. 


Mayhew Program: Mayhew challenges and helps at-risk New Hampshire boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best.

New Beginnings: New Beginnings – Without Violence & Abuse is dedicated to ending sexual, domestic, and stalking violence through the provision of safe and effective services, including emergency refuge and support; and works toward social change by promoting an effective community response to violence.


One Light Theatre: The theatre is a year-round theatre company working at both the community and professional levels. We consider ourselves to be a hybrid between the two levels. While we enjoy putting on classics and children's productions periodically, it is our passion to bring new shows to the area, especially those that are cutting edge and truly make the audience think after the production is over. Theatre should be used to provoke thought.


Pemi Youth Center Franklin: The mission is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where our youth may gather outside of school and gain a sense of community, belonging and self-esteem.

Pemi Youth Center Plymouth: The Pemi Youth Center was founded in 1999 as a 501 c 3 and serves as an empowerment program for youth ages 10-17 at no cost to families during after school hours and school vacations. 

Pittsfield Youth Workshop: The Pittsfield Youth Workshop is a nonprofit youth organization committed to providing programs and services that empower youth by helping them to develop useful skills, self-esteem, and meaningful friendships - by involving them in activities that are interesting, challenging, and healthy avenues to self-discovery.

Plymouth State University – TIGER: TIGER offers the very best in theatre for young audiences. TIGER seeks to transform feelings, thoughts, and behavior to help both children and adults envision and understand their own power in resolving the issues of bullying and intolerance facing many students in our schools today.

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center: Prescott Farm is dedicated to providing year-round environmental education programs for all ages and a place in the Lakes Region community that encourages curiosity, discovery, fun and connection to the natural world.

St. Vincent de Paul Children’s Foundation: Providing material assistance in a spirit of Christian love and justice to those in need in the Lakes Region by establishing programs, both directly and in concert with other organizations, which will provide both temporary relief and helpful solutions.


Sandwich Children’s Center: Sandwich Children’s Center is dedicated to providing children with a foundation for future learning by creating an environment in which children can discover themselves, the natural world, and the communities around them.


Step Up Parents: They provide financial assistance to kinship caregivers in New Hampshire who are raising the children of parents with substance use disorder.

Tapply Thompson Community Center: The program began in 1946 through the vision and hard work of A.B. Thompson and “Wink” Tapply who understood the importance of providing a safe and nurturing environment in which children and families could participate in recreational activities. It has been enjoyed by thousands of people in the Newfound Lake area ever since. The program was built on the philosophy that, “If one life is influenced for the good, it is money well spent”. They are one of the only not-for-profit Recreation Centers in the State of New Hampshire and rely heavily on our community volunteers and donors to continue to meet the needs of our youth and adults. They recognize that our Community Center needs to go beyond simply providing a place that keeps kids safe and off of the streets. The TTCC has been designed to help youth develop life skills that will enable them to grow into productive adults with a strong sense of volunteerism.

The Lakes Region Santa Fund Trust: The Santa Fund was officially formed in November of 1973 to promote a Trust that would be operated exclusively to provide the community assistance to the needy and under privileged children of the Lakes Region during the holiday season and throughout the year. The Santa Fund of The Greater Lakes Region provides assistance year round to children (summer camps, enrichment activities, sports programs, personal care needs, etc.) while also focusing on providing children and youth of the Greater Laconia Area, with new winter outer wear such as hats, coats, gloves, pants and boots during the colder months of the year. Our board members are committed to being an all-volunteer organization and we work with the Salvation Army, Saint Vincent De Paul, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice and a number of other social service agencies to provide support to children and their families. 

The Pass Along Project: Each year in NH, 1300 children enter Foster Care, arriving with little notice and with only the clothes on their back.  The Pass Along Project changes this reality by providing a complete wardrobe of clothing, in the correct size, within the first few hours of the child's arrival.  With "clothing" checked off the list of immediate necessities, the Foster Family can focus on the emotional needs of this child whose world has just been turned upside down.

The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Tiny Twisters: It is the philosophy of Tiny Twisters Child Care Center that children need to be treated as individuals, and to feel safe and secure. We strive to provide our children with opportunities for learning through play, interacting with others, and being involved and engaged in the process of how they are growing. 

Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry: Providing food to Franklin, Tilton, Northfield, Hill, Andover, Salisbury, Danbury, and Sanbornton, NH citizens in need.


Voices against Violence: It is our mission to break the cycle of violence by providing comprehensive services for all victims and survivors and by creating social change through education and action.

Wanakee: We are a Christian adventure camp and retreat center providing seven weeks of summer camp programming for children, youth, and adults, as well as events year-round. We focus on building and nurturing strong communities of radical acceptance, where campers of all ages can grow personally, socially, and spiritually.

WinnAero: WinnAero’s mission is to promote interest in young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through aviation and aerospace learning based programs and experiences; and to provide programs and activities to foster enthusiasm for flight in people of all ages and to showcase career opportunities in aeronautics and aerospace.


Winnipesaukee Muskrats: The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) was conceived in early 1993 by Emmy Award winning television producer/director Joseph Consentino who dreamed of forming a summer collegiate league to bridge the gap between the New York based Atlantic Collegiate League and the Cape Cod League. The goal also was to give student athletes who lived and/or went to school in New England a better chance to have their talents recognized by major league scouts.

Winnipesaukee Playhouse: The arts are an essential public good that is critical to a vibrant society, and it is their mission to advance the art form of theatre through work that inspires, engages, and entertains the people of our community and beyond.


Winni Womanade: Winni Womenade is a non-profit organization here to provide local residents with short-term financial assistance not readily available through other resources. Requests are received from community validators such as school nurses, guidance counselors, doctor's offices, clergy, social service organizations, hospice and more. 


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