Invest in the Future Fund
Information on applying to the Empowering Youth Program.
Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $4.5 million in emergency funding from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to find ways to increase summer and fall activities for children across New Hampshire through the New Hampshire Invest In The Future Fund . After months of remote learning and canceled summer programming, many children across New Hampshire may be experiencing adverse effects of social isolation. This Fund is designed to expand opportunities for New Hampshire children. To date, the following programs are part of the Fund:
Empowering Youth Program
The Empowering Youth Program will use $2 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to increase summer programming for middle and high school-aged children across the Granite State. Administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, it will provide funding for summer and fall programs for middle and high-school aged youth. Activities such as day camps, sports, and other recreational programs are eligible for funding.
The application period opens today, July 23, and closes on Monday, August 17. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout that time-period to enable providers to open or expand programs as quickly as possible.
Awards will be based on a combination of number of youth able to be served, geographic location, and target audience.
Supporting Children In Care Program
The Supporting Children in Care Program will use $470,000 in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to provide grants for children in foster care or relative care to participate in summer programs. The New Hampshire Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (NHFAPA) will administer the program by identifying the youth(s), the desired summer or fall programming/respite opportunity, and its anticipated cost. The programming should promote youth socialization and recreation. Activities may include day camp, overnight camp, in-home childcare, in-state day trips, recreational programs, online programming, etc.