Henry E. Niles Foundation Grant

Henry E. Niles Foundation

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $100,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Preferred: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Other eligible locations: United States

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NOTE: The Boards meet 10 times a year and applications are reviewed in the order they are received on a rolling basis with no deadlines. The Board will review up to thirty-five (35) applications per meeting. ​


The mission of the Henry E. Niles Foundation is to help in the nurturing and uplifting of people in need. The Foundation strives to support humanitarian efforts, including faith-based endeavors, that:

  • strengthen education including special education, literacy and others; 
  • fight economic hardships through self-help opportunities;
  • enhance public health and sanitation on a global basis.

Primary Program Interests

The Board is currently highlighting the following areas:  

Education – Included in this interest area are primary, secondary and higher education for those motivated individuals who are unable to obtain the benefits of quality education without assistance.

Economic Self-Sufficiency – This program area includes but is not limited to: job training, the encouragement and support of entrepreneurialism, mentoring, and micro-credit initiatives.

Health & Independence – Special interests here include medical and public health assistance for the elderly, the poor, the disadvantaged and the disabled.

Guiding Principles & Considerations

  • Favors programs addressing long-term solutions to the causes of problems, as distinguished from programs that simply treat the symptoms.
  • Added emphasis on programs and organizations that address the intersection of its various program interests.
  • Encourages pilot initiatives that test new program models.
  • Particular interest in organizations that promote collaborative efforts among groups and organizations.
  • Qualities sought by the Foundation in its grantee organizations are: effective and dynamic personnel; passionate leadership; a bias against bureaucracy; prudent management & governance practices; and commitment to results and overall assessment of program impact.

Grants range from $2,500 up to $100,000. In unique circumstances, the Foundation does consider a more significant grant for a program having a major impact in one or more of its areas of interest.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Although grants are made in other regions of the country and/or abroad, the majority of the Henry E. Niles Foundation's grantmaking is focused in the northeastern United States.
    • Any grant for international programs or projects will be made only through US tax-exempt organizations.
  • All applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • In unique circumstances, the Foundation does consider a more significant grant for a program having a major impact in one or more of its areas of interest.
  • The Foundation encourages pilot initiatives that test new program models.
  • The applicant must have an active board of directors with policy-making authority.
    • The board should demonstrate competence in the sound financial management of the organization.


  • Of particular interest to the Foundation are organizations that promote partnerships and collaborative efforts among multiple groups and organizations.
  • The Foundation encourages pilot initiatives that test new program models.
  • Priority will be given to requests that show specific plans for financial sustainability.


  • Organizations may apply to only one (1) of the two (2) Niles Foundations. 
    • See Laura J Niles Foundation info here
  • Areas of Exclusion: The Foundation generally will not provide grants to the following:
    • organizations not determined to be tax-exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
    • individuals;
    • general fundraising drives;
    • endowments;
    • government agencies; or
    • organizations that subsist mainly on third party funding and have demonstrated no ability or expended little effort to attract private funding.
  • Applicants, if declined, may not reapply for at least one year from the date of the application.
    • Subsequent applications must describe changes from the prior application in full.