IMPROVE the quality of teaching and learning throughout New Hampshire institutions of higher education.

PROVIDE leadership throughout the state and nation to reinvigorate the civic and moral leadership of higher education in ways that connect colleges and universities with the communities and constituencies they serve.

PROMOTE citizenship education by expanding higher education's role in educating students not only for careers and jobs but also for their roles as active and engaged community members.

GEAR UP Mini-Grants

We are pleased to offer you an opportunity to apply for a mini grant of $2500 to assist with funding for activities designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. An additional $1000 (for a total request of $3,500) may be requested to support projects that are aimed at promoting access to higher education in NH and partners with a NH elementary, middle or high school where at least 50% of the students are receiving free and reduced lunch.  Please find the application attached.

Spring Semester Deadline:  May 15, 2017
Fall Semester Deadline:      Nov  15, 2017

Note:  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to those received prior to the dates listed above. 

To be eligible to apply for this grant you must develop or enhance an existing partnership between a New Hampshire K-12 and a New Hampshire higher education institution. If you do not have an existing partnership, we encourage you to contact us for more information on ways to connect with potential partners.

Eligible applicants:

A New Hampshire K-12 school in partnership with a New Hampshire higher education institution or a New Hampshire higher education institution in partnership K-12.

We are particularly interested in funding new programs and initiatives, or the enhancement or expansion of existing programs. Priority will be given to programs that impact low-income students and to new initiatives that might otherwise not be possible without our financial support.

You may apply for up to $3500. Typical grants range from $500-$3500. Allowable expenses include, but are not limited to:

    • Travel
    • Stipends for curriculum development
    • Participation in college and career fairs
    • Keynote speakers
    • Meeting materials
    • Field Trips
    • Campus tours
    • Background checks
    • Professional development activities

Click here to apply

Please Note:    The contents of this mini grant program and application were developed under a grant from the United States Department of Education and will be funded solely from federal dollars.  The total amount allocated for this project is $35,000.00. These funds will be administered in compliance with Division H, Title V, Section 505 of Public Law 113-76, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014