My Brother’s Keeper grants available

Telegraph photo by ADAM URQUHART Members of the My Brothers Keeper board on Thursday meet with Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess outside the at City Hall to unveil a new initiative: the Nashua My Brother’s Keeper Mini Grant Program. Applications are available on the city website for interested nonprofits to fill out with the chance of being selected to receive one of three $500 grants.

NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess and members of the My Brother’s Keeper board proudly announced the Nashua MBK Mini Grant Program Thursday afternoon.

In building off the board’ continued work, this program intends to cultivate partnerships across agencies and sectors in the city with three $500 grants available to nonprofits. However, grant proposals must meet one or more of the following Nashua MBK goals: entering school ready to learn, reading at a grade level by third grade, preventing violence and providing second chances.

“Any grant proposals that are directed to one or more of those objectives are eligible,” Donchess said. “Programs of high educational value and positive opportunity for all young people will be possible with these grants.”

Applications must include a proposal summary, organization description and history, background, project description, project timeline and budget timeline. The deadline for applications is April 1 and decisions will be made by May 1 relative to which agencies will be receiving the grants. A group will review all the applications and rate them based on four areas including, creativity, feasibility, significance and action plan. Each of the four criteria will receive a ranking out of 25, with 100 points available in total.

More information on the mini grant program can be found on the city website at,