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2021 Grant Recipients

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Abundance Acres

Provides fresh vegetables to local food shelves and community members. They currently have two greenhouses and will be adding a third, similar-sized greenhouse in the spring of 2022. The grant will cover the balance of the greenhouse cost after a USDA grant.

Baby Steps Family Assistance

Provides an operational network that helps to sustain individuals and families by connecting available goods and resources to those who most need them, free of charge. Grant funds will be used to clean and prepare donated household supplies for distribution.

Black River Action Team

Improves the health and condition of the Black River watershed and enriches the connection between the watershed and its residents from the grassroots through citizen science, pragmatic projects and creative partnerships. They plan to purchase a new wooden structure to act as a workshop and storage shed and replace the smaller, 11-year-old metal shed to house a growing inventory of supplies, equipment, and gear. 

Black River Innovation Campus

Offers a variety of programming and opportunities in support of a digital economy ecosystem. The 10-gigabit fiber powered campus acts as a hub of digital enablement and skilling, a safe haven for both the digitally enabled workforce of southern Vermont and national teams seeking a safe environment to conduct business operations. They are working to complete Phase II of the multimedia studio and community programming project with the purchase of A/V equipment and infrastructure components.


Provides a voice for abused and neglected children and youth by empowering a statewide network of trained volunteers to advocate on their behalf so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. This grant will support the recruitment and training of volunteer Guardian ad Litems (GALs) for abused and neglected children and youth who come before the New Hampshire Family Courts from the Claremont area.

Catholic Charities New Hampshire

Provides quality services that heal, comfort, and empower the poor and vulnerable. Grant funding will be used to support approximately 224 community services clients and engage clients deeply over a period of time, working to set and achieve personal and family goals that result in a sustainable, improved quality of life.

Charlestown Children’s Fund

Meets the multiple needs of children in our schools. By working with the school nurses they are able to provide for emergency needs such as clothing and emergency gift and gas cards.

Charlestown Senior Center

Provides activities and support for local seniors. Funds will assist with replacing and upgrading very old lights in their parking lot.

Cinnamon Street Child Care

Provides families in and around Sullivan County with developmentally appropriate early education and child care by well trained early education professionals in an atmosphere that is positive and nurturing for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. The grant will support renovations.

Claremont Cool Cats Special Olympics

Supports sports programs that offer training and competition to individuals with developmental challenges. Grant funds will support winter plans and equipment for virtual fitness and social sessions, including cardio-drumming, yoga and gentle stretch.

Claremont Fire Department

To outfit residential homes with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. This grant covers  the purchase of 10-year battery operated smoke and CO alarms to be installed by fire personnel in homes that are lacking adequate alarms.

Claremont Historical Society

To collect and preserve artifacts related to Claremont, host historical lectures and provide data to state and local officials, media, teachers and other researchers. Funds will be used to make emergency building repairs.

Claremont Opera House

To sponsor a wide variety of events in music, theatre, dance and the visual arts;  to develop community understanding of the arts; and to educate as well as entertain. This grant will go toward building custom stairs on the front of the stage to allow for easy access from the audience to the stage.

Claremont Senior Center, Inc.

Serving senior citizens by providing educational, health, nutritional, artistic, social and recreational opportunities and resources. The funds will be used to surface seal coat and stripe the parking lot.

Claremont Soup Kitchen, Inc

Committed to providing assistance with dignity, respect, and compassion for all, by procuring and distributing food and essentials through our programs and partner agencies.  Funds will provide for the purchase and install of a new dishwasher.

Claremont Youth Baseball & Softball Association

Promotes youth baseball and softball for children from T-Ball all the way through 8th grade in the Claremont area. Through baseball and softball they have a positive impact on the lives of the Claremont area youth, their families, and the community by teaching them good sportsmanship qualities while having their family and friends for support.

Cornish Community Parent Teacher Organization

To support and supplement learning and enrichment activities for students of Cornish Elementary School. They hope to build and maintain a community ice skating rink with this grant.

COVER Home Repair, Inc.

Fosters hope and build community in the Upper Valley  by organizing volunteers to help low-income homeowners address their most urgent home repair, weatherization, and accessibility needs. Grant funds will go towards the Ramps and Roofs Campaign to provide upgrades to homes in the Claremont and Charlestown area. 

Dismas of Vermont - Hartford Dismas House

Working to reconcile former prisoners with society and society with former prisoners. Hartford Dismas House provides housing to individuals leaving incarceration for $85 a week, first 10 days free of charge, with food and utilities provided. In 2021, no resident of the house has been asked to leave due to inability to pay. The grant funding will help clear current and former residents’ past due program fees from 2021. 

Enfield Village School

To establish an outdoor play space that is not only both inclusive and safe for preschoolers and special needs population, but inclusive for community members as well. Currently, all ages and grade levels, PreK through 4th grade, share the same playground.

Finding Our Stride

A school-based running program with the mission of building fitness, self-esteem, and teamwork through running and community service activities serving elementary and middle schools in the Upper Valley. The grant will support the growing program at Claremont Middle School, with plans to integrate Finding Our Stride into the three Claremont elementary schools.

Friends of Veterans

Preventing homelessness for veterans and their families who reside in New Hampshire and Vermont by providing financial assistance for rent, mortgage payment, utilities, and fuel. 

Full Circle Farm Therapeutic Horsemanship

Providing the benefits of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies to individuals living with special needs. This grant will support their scholarship program allowing individuals to apply for assistance.

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley

Serving local families with new babies by providing hands-on and virtual support, education and community outreach. Many families engage in their In-Home Volunteer Visitor Program, which matches a family with a trained volunteer to provide respite for exhausted parents. Some families utilize their Support and Education Program which provides parent educational materials, children’s books, emergency financial assistance, emotional support and community connections. Others engage in our MOM mentors Program, for virtual support from a mentor. Grant funding will support these education and support programs.

Good Neighbor Health Clinic

Promoting the health of people in the Greater Upper Valley who are in need and do not have the means to pay, by providing free medical and dental care, mentoring aspiring health care professionals, and advocating for improved access to dental and health care. Funds will be used to purchase medications, health monitoring equipment, dentures, eyeglasses, and pharmacy gift cards for patients residing in Sullivan County.

Goshen Historical Society

Bringing together people interested in the history of Goshen and in the collection and preservation of all material which may help to establish or illustrate facts pertaining to this history. Funds will contribute to the painting of the exterior of the historic Grange building where the historical society is housed.

Green Mountain Children’s Center

To unlock the learning potential in every child, by providing a safe and nurturing learning community while supporting working parents and the community. This grant will allow for the purchase of new riding toys and a maintenance kit to make minor repairs to these riding vehicles.  

Hawkeye Campership Fund, Inc.

Dedicated to providing financial assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to afford residential summer camp at Camp Hawkeye in Charlestown, NH. A central aspect of the mission of Camp Hawkeye is to bring together a diverse community including campers and staff from a variety of geographic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.  This grant will support the “Sharing Our Stories Through Drumming” project where youth will learn African drumming while creating a story about their family life.

Library Arts Center of  Richards Free Library

Develop and sustain a vibrant, inclusive and highly visible arts community through enriching events, accessible educational experiences and creative placemaking initiatives designed to engage participants from all sectors of the community. Grant funds will be used to create a set of informational lamp post banners to highlight arts and cultural programming at the center.

Maynard House

Provides invaluable low-cost, home-like lodging to support medical patients and their families who live hours away from the hospitals where they receive treatment, and who might not be able to afford high lodging costs in the Upper Valley area. Grant funding will support their committment to patients.

New England Healing Sports Association

Serves individuals and families through adaptive sports, promoting healing and accomplishment.  The grant will be used to purchase a beach wheelchair to use for their adaptive paddling programs.

Newport Montessori School

Committed to providing student-driven learning opportunities to the pupils at the school and to strengthening opportunities for youth in the wider community by providing extracurricular activities for all students in Newport. Funds will cover some of the costs for staff to attend a conference to obtain required Professional Development training.

Newport Rotary Club

Encourages and fosters service to others, promoting integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. This grant will support Newport Middle High School teachers requests for funds to enhance their curriculum.

Newport School District - SAU #43

This grant will support the project to enhance outdoor learning experiences for Newport School District students and improve trails that benefit the community at large. Faculty have developed a wide range of programs that immerse students in outdoor learning.

Pathways of the River Valley

Expanding the opportunities that enrich the lives of people with disabilities while providing services in the spirit of partnership and respect. Grant funds will contribute to repairing the kitchen at their Lyme, NH residential home which currently serves 10 individuals.

REMIX Coffee Bar & Social Club

Connecting those struggling with addiction, depression, homelessness, hunger, unemployment, etc. to the appropriate services already existing in the community.  This grant will support their Audio Visual Capital Improvement Project to upgrade equipment for when they host training programs and live music events. 

River Valley Animal Protection League

Provides a shelter for homeless cats with the objective of finding each one a forever home; improves the quality of life in our community through   programs; supports low-cost spay/neuter clinics; distributes donated pet food through the local food pantry; encourages the humane treatment of all animals and supports the enforcement of animal welfare laws. Funds will support additional spay/neuter clinics.

Rockingham Arts and Museum Project 

Committed to integrating artists and the arts into the long-term sustainability of the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support: accessibility, affordable housing, artists’ town meetings, public art initiatives and policy making. This grant will support the creation of a mural on the old firehouse building in downtown Bellows Falls, brining together 4-6 fathers and their children to create the mural.

Saint Gaudens Memorial

Celebrates the great American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, whose work continues to enrich our culture and inform our understanding of this period of American history. Funds will support the Summer Concert Series for 2022.

Silsby Free Public Library

Facilitate learning, self-education and recreation for the whole community; to encourage children to become life-long readers; to provide library materials, programs and services to satisfy patrons’ love of books; to build and maintain the unique collection of historical materials specific to the Town of Charlestown and the Upper Valley region; and to function as a cultural center for the community. This year’s grant will be used to provide 24/7 WIFI access inside and around the building to community members, many of who are unable to access or afford high speed internet on their own.

Spark! Community Center

Provide a welcoming place where the lives of all persons of differing abilities are enriched through a sense of community. Each week they help an average of 25-50 people become independent and learn how to make healthy choices and well as how to live their best life to their fullest. Funds will support in person and virtual daily classes for participants.

Springfield Area Parent Child Center

Supporting families, engaging community partners, and providing early childhood education and development programs in the Springfield, VT area. The grant will provide Welcome Baby Diaper Bags to be filled with all the supplies needed in the first weeks while parents get connected to social services.    

Springfield Art Gym

Providing a safe and healthy Community Art Room  where everyone is welcome to “Exercise Creativity.” The funds will purchase equipment to improve their virtual class offerings and further develop opportunities to connect online with other area organizations. 

Springfield Family Center

Dedicated to providing help and fostering hope to individuals and families in the communities of Springfield, North Springfield and Baltimore by addressing food insecurities. This grant will support their efforts to launch virtual cooking classes and community garden programs to provide education around sustainable growing and preparing nutritious foods at home.

Springfield Humane Society

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for animals by providing protection, compassionate care, and adoption services for homeless animals. With this grant and other funding, they would like to start a Rainbow Fund, to be used for end-stage terminally ill cats and dogs belonging to low-income families who can’t otherwise afford to euthanize and cremate their pet.

Springfield Supported Housing Program

Providing resources towards safe, stable, and affordable housing options while collaborating with community partners on all aspects of housing instability. Grants will be used to assist clients with basic needs including transportation, phone costs, laundry tokens, and  incentives for clients to complete trainings. 

Sullivan County Humane Society

Improve the quality of life for animals within our county and work to end animal overpopulation, abandonment and neglect. The grant will fund the low cost spay/neuter clinics to help more families who cannot afford them and to also Trap/Neuter/Return cats to cut down the over population of feral and stray cats.

Sunapee Heritage Alliance

To actively engage in preservation and revitalization efforts related to historic properties and landmarks to ensure the protection of our architectural and cultural heritage. Grant funds will provide equipment for The Livery to host performances, exhibits, meetings, social functions, and conferences.

Sustainable Woodstock

Inspiring, organizing and empowering members of the community, neighboring towns and the Upper Valley region to integrate environmentally, economically, and socially responsible practices in all aspects of their lives. This grant will contribute to expanding their community garden program, allowing families to grown their own food and to supporting area food shelves.

The Fort at No. 4

To professionally collect, preserve and authentically interpret both physical and intellectual resources which provide an educational understanding and appreciation for the 18th Century heritage of the Connecticut River Valley. Funds will support a project to supplement hands-on, in-person interaction with digital, interactive presentations. This involves placing five interactive (hands free) kiosks around the museum along with QR coded signage to engage museum visitors with additional content.

The Vermont Civil War Hemlocks, Inc.

Committed to teaching about the Civil War in historical accuracy, be it in uniform with a sprig of evergreen (Hemlock) in the cap, camp life, or in the field. Funds will go towards participation in a local Civil War Expo.

TLC Family Resource Center

Promoting the optimal health and development of children, youth, and families in our region of NH. This grant will support the start of a youth drop-in program in Claremont, NH to provide weekly activities that support youth ages 12-17 in learning about healthy boundaries, social emotional wellbeing, financial wellbeing, and substance use.  

Trinity Episcopal Church Weekend Backpack Program

To provide weekend meals to hungry children identified by Claremont School District nurses. The BackpackTeam packs grocery bags of nutritious food for children to take home providing them with meals and snacks over the weekend.  

Upper Valley Aquatic Center

Deliver a diverse range of high-quality aquatic and fitness programs accessible to all members of the Upper Valley community to promote fitness and wellness programs; as well as aquatic competition, education and safety. Funds will go towards their financial program for memberships and other paid programs.

Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity

To build affordable, durable, safe, healthy, economical, and energy-efficient homes; strengthen and enrich communities; and increase long-term hope, prosperity, health, and the lives of families and individuals through the stability of affordable homeownership. This grant will be used to purchase tools for the build sites.

Upper Valley Haven

Serves people struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, education, service coordination, and other support. The grant will support The Haven’s efforts to serve more than 14,000 individuals per year through their Food Shelf on campus, year-round Children’s Program with hearty meals, snacks, and supplemental weekend food, and robust Food Shelf at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Moms in Recovery Clinic (50+ moms/100+ children).

Visions for Creative Housing Solutions

To provide residential options, services and support designed to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities and similar disabling conditions. This grant will contribute to funding the development of a property in Hanover, NH to house 12 individuals with developmental disabilities who are currently on their waitlist.

Volunteers in Action

Seeks to increase the health, wellness, and independence of our neighbors in the seven towns surrounding Mount Ascutney. Grant funds support their efforts to coordinate neighbors helping neighbors, particularly as it relates to food insecurity, medical transportation, and quality of life needs.

Wags and Wiggles Rescue

To promote animal welfare awareness, prevent cruelty and educate the public about animals’ humane treatment and encourage vet care and spay/neutering. These efforts, as well as other organizational support needs will benefit from the grant.


Empowering people of all ages through an array of human services and advocacy. Their Lebanon location is in the process of becoming a Family Resource Center (FRC) of Quality, a designation similar to accreditation. This grant will support this process and help to launch initial groups and resources currently not available to families in need.

Weathersfield School PTO

Supporting school staff, promoting  student self-esteem, and assisting in efforts to solve school needs through volunteering and funding. Through this grant funding, teachers will receive financial support for unexpected costs for school-based programs not supported financially by the school budget.

West Central Behavioral Health

To promote the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities by providing treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders, while helping to reduce the stigma associated with these challenging conditions. The grant will be used to purchase new kitchen appliances for the Arbor View residential facility that houses and cares for 16 individuals with mental illness who are unable to live independently.

West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

To bring professional music and arts experiences, diverse musicians, and educational opportunity to the under-served and low-income community of Claremont NH, and wider Upper Valley region. Funding will purchase supplies for streaming classes and an outdoor classroom to allow them to continue offering accessible programming.

Westminster West Public Library

To provide a resource center and meeting place for intellectual and educational activities. The library is  automating its collection of over 9,000 items and joining the Catamount Library Network to implement an online catalog and manage their patron accounts electronically. This grant will support the additional costs to complete this project.

Windsor County Mentors

To create and support mentoring relationships between caring adults and youth to help them thrive. These funds support the existing and growing collaborations with local schools.

Windsor Food Shelf at Trinity Church

To address immediate food insecurity experienced by children, families, and individuals, and also work with patrons in developing skills and training that lead to flourishing lives. With the grant they plan to create a “Food Closet” at the Windsor Schools to supplement snacks for students experiencing hunger.

Windsor Public Library

Encourages all community members to pursue knowledge, enrichment, and enjoyment through shared reading materials, digital resources, programs, and events. This grant is part of a larger fund raising effort to update the building to be accessible. 


To end gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education, and mobilization for social change. This grant will support the Housing Program, which provides survivors of domestic violence,  sexual violence, and human  trafficking access to safe and confidential housing with support from WISE advocates.


Prior Recipient Highlights

Black River Innovation Campus

BRIC is s a 501(c)(3) non-profit designed to accelerate digital entrepreneurship and energize rural digital economies. BRIC provides business consulting, entrepreneurship and digital skilling curricula, investment opportunities, and thought leadership programming in addition to physical office space, coworking, on-site multimedia and digital lab resources, and most importantly, a growing tech community with access to future-ready 10G fiber internet speeds, the fastest in the nation.

In 2020, BRIC used the Foundation grant to purchase five laptops for the beginning of its “Technology Library” program. These laptop resources were available to youth and adult learners who wished to engage in digital skilling programs but otherwise lacked the requisite hardware and/or software. These laptop resources have since supported a variety of programming: Vermont’s first Youth Coding League team; adult learners engaging in Remote Work Professional Certification programs; middle school extracurricular computer science programs and in-class programs; youth career exploration programming; coding and game development classes; and virtual computer science summer camps. The five initial computers helped create enough interest in this pilot program, which has now expanded to 15 computers, podcasting resources, a drone, and other reservable technology resources.

COVER Home Repair

COVER Home Repair’s mission is to foster hope and build community in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. They do this by organizing volunteers to help low-income homeowners address their most urgent home repair, weatherization, and accessibility needs.

The onset of the pandemic in early 2020 brought an unprecedented surge in applications from low-income homeowners seeking urgent assistance to keep their homes safe and warm. In the months since, COVER has seen the highest demand for services in their history as the number of people impacted by the current crisis continues to rise.  By supporting the annual Ramps and Roofs Campaign, the Claremont Savings Bank Foundation helped fund the building materials used in their urgent home repair projects undertaken in 2020. The volunteers completed 55 urgent home repairs between May and November 2020. This included building 13 accessibility ramps, repairing and/or replacing 13 roofs, completing 12 projects to insulate homes, and performing four major bathroom modifications. 

Gallery at the VALUT

The VAULT’s mission is to encourage an appreciation of the visual arts and crafts while providing opportunities for learning and participation in the creative process. Opportunities for the public to participate in the creative process of craft and art making include workshops for children and adults, presentations and special exhibits. In addition, the Open Wall program hosts four non-juried themed shows a year, an opportunity for aspiring artists to show and sell creative work.

Last year’s grant helped pay for advertising in the local paper for the ongoing column that features upcoming classes and exhibits and new work by artists. It also helped pay for statewide advertising through the Vermont Welcome Centers, where they have VAULT’s rack cards and the option to do displays in the exhibit cases to help bring visitors to Springfield.

Good Neighbor Health Clinic

The Clinic promotes the health of people in the Greater Upper Valley who are in need and do not have the means to pay. The 2020 grant paid for dentures for three patients, a new partial for a patient and supplies to re-open the Good Neighbor/Claremont Soup Kitchen satellite clinic. Diabetes, hypertension, and COVID-9 screening supplies were purchased for this satellite clinic.

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice

LSRVNA is a non-profit, mission-driven provider of home health and hospice care. In 2020, they celebrated the agency’s 50th Anniversary as a reflection of enduring strength and commitment to their mission.  They serve all ages (the majority of clients age 65+) in more than 32 towns spanning Grafton, Merrimack and Sullivan counties NH and on any given day there are 650+ patients on service.  

In 2020, Claremont Savings Bank Foundation supported the Homemaker Grant Program.  When senior and lower income neighbors are unable to perform all the activities necessary to keep their homes safe and running appropriately, the Homemaker Grant Program can help bridge the gap between ability and need. Services include light housekeeping, meal preparation, grocery shopping, errands, transportation, laundry, companionship and more.  In 2020, the program served just over 100 clients with 100% of them residents of Sullivan County and 55% living in Claremont.  

New Hampshire Food Bank

The Mission of the New Hampshire Food Bank is to feed hungry people by soliciting and effectively distributing grocery products and perishable foods, and offering innovative programs through a statewide network of approved agencies; by advocating for systemic change; and by educating the public about the nature of, and solutions to, problems of hunger in New Hampshire.

In 2020, the NH Food Bank held 71 Mobile Food Pantries from March through December serving 83,653 individuals and distributing 3,902,712 pounds.  In 2021 to date, the NH Food Bank has held 116 Mobile Food Pantries beginning in January, 2021, serving approximately 40,000 individuals and distributing 2,331,593 pounds.  Last year’s Foundation grant went towards food purchase and distribution in the Claremont area.

Spark! Community Center

The Center’s purpose is to serve as a drop-in community center where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can feel welcome at all times. People can find programming that focuses both on building skills for independence and building skills towards belonging in a group, encouraging participants to lead happy and fulfilling lives within the Upper Valley.

Last year’s grant from the Foundation was used to adapt to virtual programming, making it possible to offer a day and evening class Monday-Friday. This paid for materials for participants to use each week in their classes, consultants to help setup the Zoom platform and technology assistance and staff to teach the classes. 

Springfield Family Center

Springfield Family Center works to combat food insecurity by offering a community food shelf, accessible twice a month to households in need of supplemental food options. Fresh food options such as produce, bread, and milk, are offered five days a week with minimal restrictions for access. Additionally, the organization provides a free meal for all community members five days a week.

Last year’s grant funding went towards purchasing food items necessary to keep the food shelf and daily meal programs running. In the past year, Springfield Family Center has put substantial effort into forming partnerships with local and regional food producers in order to increase the amount of fresh produce, eggs, milk, and bread offered each day. These newly formed partnerships create mutual benefit for the organization, the local agricultural economy, and the clientele that regularly access the food shelf program. 

Stage 33

Stage 33 Live is a local arts-economy driver providing a multidisciplinary, public-facing listening and performance-skills incubation room, helping performers and presenters of original material who are too new and small for the big stages get a toehold with attentive, appreciative audiences. Their work 1) helps generate career-building capacity for overlooked and struggling local and regional original music; spoken word including prose, poetry, theater, and more; and visual arts; 2) provides the low-income local community access to entertainment, education, and art; 3) contributes to the southeastern Vermont / southwestern New Hampshire region’s growing reputation as an engaging destination.

Last year’s grant helped fund significant improvements to the audio and video capture infrastructure to help present emerging local and regional talent more professionally to a wider audience. 

Sullivan County Humane Society

The Sullivan County Humane Society is a community engaged nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life for animals within our county and to putting an end to animal overpopulation, abandonment, and neglect. 

The grant supported two spay and neuter programs. This past year they were able to help 46 families get their animal(s) spayed or neutered through the ‘Sponsor-A-Spay’ program. They were also able to spay and neuter 10 feral cats within our community through the Trap/Neuter/Return program. In both of these programs they provide spaying/neutering and vaccinations at no cost to the families in need. 

Sustainable Woodstock

Founded in 2009, Sustainable Woodstock (SW) is a non-profit community and environmental action and education group whose projects and initiatives equip and empower local and regional communities to meet the challenges of a changing world. They encourage peoples of diverse backgrounds and from all walks of life to incorporate wise environmental, economic and socially responsible practices into their daily lives. 

The 2020 foundation grant supported the expanding the number of plots at the Billings Farm and King Farm gardens, planting nearly 1,000 square feet to accommodate a greater demand for food security brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. They also created  beginner Grow Your Own Garden kits to distribute free of charge for individuals and families to produce their own food and increase long-term food security.

Valley Court Diversion Programs

Sullivan County Court Diversion’s restorative, victim-centered court diversion programs are designed to assist those who have violated the law and have accepted responsibility for their actions to repair the harm caused by their unlawful actions. They are empowered to improve their quality of life, address the root causes of their behavior—too often, substance misuse and/or mental illness--and lower the likelihood of reoffending.

“Michael” (not his real name), a seventeen-year-old Claremont resident charged with the Unlawful Possession of Alcohol, chose to participate in diversion rather than be adjudicated by the Court. His restorative contract with SCCD specified attendance at a 3-hour substance education class with a small group of peers, a substance misuse assessment by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and short-term counseling. He successfully completed these terms of his contract, meaning that his charge was dismissed, no criminal record resulted, he avoided ongoing involvement with the formal criminal justice system, and he saw clearly that his community cares about him. It has been almost a year since “Michael’s” original offense, and he has not reoffended. Last year’s grant covered a year’s worth of cell phone charges, among other things, so the SCCD Case Manager could operate remotely for most of the last year and a half and could connect with “Michael” and other participants, volunteers, and community partners by phone, text, and video conference. 

The Vermont Civil War Hemlocks 

The Vermont Civil War Hemlocks were founded in 1963 by a Concord, Vermont High School history teacher to mark the Centennial events of the American Civil War. The Hemlocks take enormous pride in their commitment in historical accuracy, be it in uniform, camp life, or in the field of battle. They continue to strive for historical accuracy and as new information about their brethren of 150+ years ago come to light, they adapt.

The 2020 grant helped the Vermont Civil War Hemlocks purchase a new enclosed trailer to transport one of their cannons. In 2021, they have used of that new trailer to do a Civil War Day at the New London Historical Society as well as participate in the 150th anniversary of Stevens High School in Claremont in the Alumni Parade.  

Upper Valley Haven

The Haven offers support and fosters independence through their four pillars of service: Food, Shelter, Education, and Problem Solving. The Haven is open 365 days per year and never charges for any of its services.

Last year’s grant supported the 2020 Food Services Program. In 2020, the Haven provided food for 5,326 households with 13,774 members (including 3,917 children), and between Thanksgiving and Christmas alone, food for 239 households who had not visited before

Visions for Creative Housing Solutions, Inc.

The mission of Visions for Creative Housing Solutions is to provide residential options, services, and supports designed to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities and similar disabling conditions.  Each Visions resident is supported not only at home, but also in the community where they are encouraged to work, volunteer, and engage in social and recreational activities of their choice.  Our goal is to support full community inclusion so that Visions residents have access to all of the same community options as their non-disabled peers.

Support from the Foundation grant helped with the purchase and renovation of the two buildings in downtown Lebanon, New Hampshire, now known as the Green Street Commons, which opened on August 1, 2021 as Visions’ second site.  Green Street Commons now serve as the permanent home for eleven adults with developmental disabilities, some of whom had been on the Visions waiting list for years.

Weathersfield Food Shelf

The Weathersfield Food Shelf is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves the residents of Weathersfield. It is run solely by volunteers and is supported primarily by monetary donations from the community. Their mission is to provide healthy food to eligible Weathersfield residents as a dependable supplement to household food supplies and in emergency situations in accordance with our policies.

The past two years were particularly challenging not only because of COVID-19, but also because of unreliable appliances. The 2020 grant, along with a matching donation from an anonymous community member, allowed them to purchase a new professional grade refrigerator.


WISE offers a confidential and free 24-hour crisis line, peer support groups and workshops, emergency and transitional shelter, safety planning and in-person advocacy at hospitals, police stations, court houses, and other social service agencies. WISE provides essential immigration legal services and works with youth, professionals, and the community to develop culturally relevant community education and comprehensive prevention strategies.

Last year’s Foundation grant supported the WISE Housing Program. Access to housing in the Upper Valley is consistently the most challenging aspect of their advocacy. With housing in place, they also assist with securing employment, finding solutions to rural transportation challenges, and accessing safe and affordable child care. They recently purchased a new property that will offer additional independent living units for survivors. The addition of transitional apartments is a highlight because it is a critical step between homelessness and paying rent every month.





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Since 2003, our annual Claremont Savings Bank Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $2,380,000 to local non-profit organizations for a wide range of charitable initiatives. These grants, which typically range from $500 to $5,000 each, help to ensure the success of local programs and projects that benefit all of us as members of the community.

Each year we award grants to help ensure the success of charitable programs and projects dedicated to the betterment of the communities we serve. 


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