The Merrimack takes the value of stewardship very seriously. We aid the communities we serve in the forms of scholarship, sponsorship, and grants. We encourage our employees to take active roles in the community – and we proudly support the thousands of hours of community service offered by them in each year.
Sponsorships and Contributions
If you are interested in having Merrimack County Savings Bank support your non-profit organization, please contact your local office. For a listing, click here.
Sharing your message
We are always happy to help local non-profits share information about their organizations and special events:
- Each office has a community board to display flyers and posters
- We can post messages and event information on digital signs in most of our office lobbies
- Agencies can provide inserts to distribute in lobbies and cash envelopes
Please Note: that we cannot promote lotteries or religious or political messages. Other restrictions may apply.
The Merrimack County Savings Bank Dr. Robert E. Boucher Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one graduating senior from Merrimack Valley High School. Information and applications for this scholarship are available at the guidance office at Merrimack Valley High School.
The Merrimack County Savings Bank in Honor of Dudley W. Orr is awarded annually and managed through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Interested students should contact the Foundation for more information.
The William H. Hilton Community Service Award is awarded annually to one graduating senior from Bow High School. Information and applications for this scholarship are available at the guidance office at Bow High School.
The Merrimack County Savings Bank Scholarship is awarded annually to one graduating senior from each of the following public high schools:
- Bow High School
- Concord High School
- Hopkinton High School
- Nashua High School North
- Nashua High School South
Information and applications for this scholarship are available at guidance offices at the schools listed above. You can also access the application here.
Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA)
The IOLTA program was created in 1982 when a NH Supreme Court ruling began requiring attorneys to maintain a pooled interest-bearing trust account for clients’ funds which were nominal in amount or to be held for a short period of time. Under Supreme Court Rule 50, the interest generated in those accounts was required to be transferred to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation for charitable purposes. Since its inception, the IOLTA program has raised more than $28 million to help provide legal services to New Hampshire citizens who are struggling to overcome poverty.
To be designated as a Leadership Bank by the NH Bar Foundation, The Merrimack must pay 2% or higher interest on IOLTAs, exceed the bank’s standard NOW account rate, and waive routine service charges.
Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation Grant Awards
The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation makes grants every year to local non-profits that make a significant impact on the lives of people in the communities we serve. These grants are in addition to the bank’s regular contributions and the extraordinary volunteer efforts by our employees.
The Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation was funded by Merrimack County Savings Bank in 1997 for grant-based contributions to not-for-profit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for residents living in the Bank’s service areas. Five Trustees, selected among the Bank’s Corporators and Board of Trustees administer the Foundation and its activities, distributing a portion of the Foundation’s endowment each year. While not focused on a particular category, the Foundation remains mindful of the receiving organization and its contribution to the quality of life in the communities served.
Grants were awarded to:
Catholic Charities (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $4,000 to support 18 hunger relief agencies in Concord and surrounding towns with holiday turkeys so that clients are able to celebrate the holidays with traditional meals. Catholic Charities is a human services organization that serves the poor and vulnerable statewide.
Concord Dental Sealant Coalition (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $4,300 in support of the Coalition’s mission to address the unmet dental needs of Concord-area children in grades K-5 from ten local schools. The grant will assist with temporary therapeutic fillings in some clinical situations.
Concord Family YMCA (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $4,500 to help support the Kydstop Afterschool Scholarship Fund, which makes quality childcare affordable for low and moderate income families. The Concord Family YMCA has been providing After School programming in Concord for more than 30 years, and is one of the largest providers of childcare, for both pre-school and after school, in Merrimack County. Programming is infused with the Y values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA (Manchester, NH)
– Awarded $3,000 to recruit, train and supervise additional volunteers. The Court Appointed Special Advocates of NH or CASA was founded to advocate for abused and neglected children within the state court system.
Family Promise of Greater Concord (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $3,000 to support the organization’s case management services and its mission to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise was established to provide shelter, meals, hospitality and support through a network of 16 local congregations and an interfaith group of over 400 volunteers.
Front Door Agency (Nashua, NH)
– Awarded $2,800 to support Front Door’s Transitional Housing Program, which offers affordable housing, supportive services and extensive case management to homeless women and children in Greater Nashua. Front Door serves families transitioning from crisis to self-sufficiency, offering a range of essential services to Nashua’s disadvantaged population including: shelter, food, heat, child care, transportation, supportive services and education.
Harbor Homes (Nashua, NH)
– Awarded $3,100 to support the organization’s Maple Arms Emergency Shelter, which provides housing for men, women and children who are in immediate need. An important access point for services, the shelter connects guests to Harbor Homes’ case management and primary, behavioral and oral health care as well as employment training. Harbor Homes serves low-income individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with mental illness and other disabilities.
Merrimack Valley Day Care Service (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $4,000 to help subsidize tuition for children who are in the foster care system or are being raised by relatives because their parents are either incarcerated or incapacitated by drug addiction. Merrimack Valley Day Care Service offers high quality and affordable childcare services for children of low-income families and for children with special needs.
NeighborWorks Southern NH for HOMETeam (Manchester, NH)
– Awarded $2,000 to support the purchase of 225 copies of NeighborWorks America’s “Realizing the American Dream” book for its first time homebuyer seminars. NeighborWorks Southern NH was founded to enhance lives and the community environment through access to quality housing services, neighborhood revitalization efforts and opportunities for personal empowerment.
New Hampshire Children’s Trust (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $2,000 to support its efforts to build proficiency and efficiency of services to families and children in the Nashua area. Providers will be trained with materials from the evidence-informed Strengthening Families series. New Hampshire Children’s Trust was founded to ensure safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advocating and collaborating. The organization invests in evidence-based prevention strategies focusing on expectant families and children from birth through age 8.
New Hampshire Historical Society (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $2,100 to support the underwriting for 350 students from Concord’s Rundlett Middle School to participate in the Society’s on-site “Revolutionary and Early American History” education program. New Hampshire Historical Society is the independent nonprofit that saves, preserves and shares state history, serving thousands of children and adults each year through its museum, library, education, publications and outreach programs.
New Hampshire Humanities Council (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $2,300 to support “Connections”, the organization’s literacy program for new readers within Concord and Greater Nashua. The mission of NHHC is to strengthen communities with education programs fostering reflection, discussion and connection to new ideas. Connections is offered statewide in partnership with adult learner service programs, ESOL classes for new immigrants and refugees, GED classes and prison parenting support programs.
Penacook Community Center (Penacook, NH)
– Awarded $4,000 to help fund a new door for the entrance to the gymnasium which houses its before and after school program, serving children from Penacook and Boscawen. The Penacook Community Center provides citizens of Penacook and surrounding towns opportunities to promote, develop and maintain social, educational and recreational activities.
Pittsfield Youth Workshop (Pittsfield, NH)
– Awarded $3,500 to go toward afterschool programming for more than 200 students in grades 6-12 in Pittsfield and surrounding towns. Pittsfield Youth Workshop offers a variety of programs, activities and trips, with the mission of empowering the youth by helping them develop useful skills, self-esteem and meaningful friendships.
Second Start (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $4,500 to help establish a drivers’ education training program for low and moderate income adults, with a focus on new American refugees and immigrants and taught by new Americans. Second Start was established to improve the economic and educational well-being of New Hampshire residents. Its mission is to help people become more productive workers, family members and community citizens.
YMCA of Greater Nashua (Nashua, NH)
– Awarded $4,000 to support a 6-week summer learning loss prevention program for low-income youth living in Greater Nashua who are behind in literacy grade levels. The goal of the program is to teach participating children to read at their grade level by the third grade.
If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, please download and complete an application. Note that applications are due annually in October.