Foundation for Seacoast Health distributes $600K in grants, $20K in scholarships

Foundation for Seacoast Health distributes $600K in grants, $20K in scholarships

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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-related 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.

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.

Scholarships totalling $20,000 went to four outstanding students pursuing health-related degrees. The students are Emily Locandro, a resident of Rye who received the Steven Cutter Scholarship Award for $7,500. She is entering her senior year in the nursing program at the University of Pennsylvania. Scholarships of $5,000 were awarded to Jillian Carr of York and Lilia Potter-Schwartz of Portsmouth. Sarah Morin, also a resident of Portsmouth, received a $2,500 award.

At the reception, Foundation CEO Deb Grabowski said the organization will conduct a robust planning process to determine long-term grant priorities and organizational strategy. It is expected the process will take 12 to 18 months. One goal is to re-establish the Foundation as the leader in the advancement of a healthy Seacoast community with collaborative and convening initiatives.

The Foundation for Seacoast Health is a nonprofit, private foundation funded through a combination of contributions from individuals and the proceeds of the 1983 sale of Portsmouth Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America. Established in 1984, the Foundation has been a catalyst for positive change, promoting a wide range of creative initiatives to improve the health of the community and the well-being of Seacoast residents. The total investment in our community to date exceeds $75 million in grants, scholarships, and expenses for the creation, maintenance and management of the Community Campus.

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