CDFA Awards $5.255 Million in Tax Credits to New Hampshire Nonprofits

CDFA Awards $5.255 Million in Tax Credits to New Hampshire Nonprofits

Funds to Address Critical Needs in the Granite State Including Homelessness and Affordable Housing 

(Concord, N.H.) – The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) announced today it has awarded $5.255 million in tax credits to nonprofits throughout New Hampshire. The funds will have a significant impact on community and economic development initiatives across the state. Projects receiving tax credits this year range from downtown revitalization to increasing access to affordable housing and services for the growing homelessness population in New Hampshire.  

“Our tax credit awardees have a strong commitment to delivering important programs and services to New Hampshire communities, making them better places to live, work and visit,” commented Taylor Caswell, Executive Director, CDFA. “By creating long-lasting public-private partnerships and enabling New Hampshire businesses to make investments that have an impact within their communities, our tax credit program plays an important role in strengthening the connection between nonprofit organizations and the local business community.” 
The following organizations have been awarded tax credits from CDFA for their respective projects:
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central NH (Laconia) – $375,000: Tax credits will be used to increase the organization’s capacity to serve local youth by making the facility ADA compliant, among other necessary facility improvements. 
  • Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (Concord) – $431,166: Funds will be used to develop a permanent emergency winter shelter that will provide up to 42 beds for the homeless, combined with a more accessible and permanent home for the organization’s Homeless Resource Center services. This project will address a critical gap ion Concord’s safety net for the homeless. 
  • Easterseals NH (Manchester) – $250,000: Tax credits will be used to help renovate a 60,000 square foot building which houses numerous programs and community-based services benefiting serving low-income individuals. Services to be housed in the renovated facility include those impacting children, seniors, veterans, individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as a workforce development program.  
  • Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail (Goffstown) – $72,875: Funds will be used to upgrade a portion of the rail trail connecting Goffstown with Manchester, helping to create a safe space for recreation and transit for local residents.  
  • Girls, Inc. of New Hampshire (Nashua) – $250,000: Tax credits will be used to help fund the expansion and renovation of the organization’s Nashua facility. The project will enable Girls, Inc. to provide important services – including leadership development and enrichment programs for girls – to additional families. 
  • Harbor Homes, Inc. (Plymouth) – $700,000: Funds will be used to help develop a veteran's housing project in Plymouth. The new facility will include 25 one-bedroom and 5 two-bedroom apartments for homeless veterans, as well as space to deliver individualized supportive services and case management.  
  • Historic Harrisville, Inc. (Harrisville) – $257,719: Tax credits will be used to install a new hydropower turbine in order to generate renewable electricity onsite at the historic Cheshire Mills Complex. The significant energy savings will help the organization focus more funds on furthering its mission and continue to provide affordable commercial and residential space for the local community.  
  • Boys and Girls Club of Manchester (Manchester) – $400,000: Funds will be used to help expand the organization’s current facility by 4,800 square feet. The new space will enable the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester to deliver important programming and services to 50 percent more low-income children by 2020. 
  • Moving Company Dance Center (Keene) – $350,000: Tax credits will be used to help construct a new 16,887 square foot building in downtown Keene, enabling the organization to serve more area youth, as well as create four new full-time jobs, redevelop a vacant and blemished city block, and increase its tuition assistance for low-income students. 
  • NeighborWorks Southern NH (Nashua) – $375,000: Funds will be used to invest in the Nashua Tree Streets neighborhood to revitalize the area and improve the quality and affordability of area homes. The project will result in the creation of 10 renovated low-income housing units, as well as help provide money for down payment assistance. 
  • New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (Statewide) – $244,000: Tax credits will be used to help fund the NH Individual Development Accounts program. This initiative provides financial education and matched savings account to promote health savings habits, asset building and financial stability for low-income individuals. More specifically, the program matches at eight-to-one the bank deposits of qualified participants so they may save for things like cars, homes, or higher education.
  • One Sky Community Services (Epping) – $230,000: Funds will be used to help renovate and expand a facility in Epping, which provides housing, supportive services and case management for individuals with developmental disabilities. 
  • Palace Theatre Trust (Manchester) – $156,250: Tax credits will be used to install energy efficient and ADA-compliant doors at the primary entrance of the theatre. The project will allow for increased access to a community asset and enable the organization to allocate its operational savings towards program delivery.
  • Seacoast Family Promise (Exeter) – $177,100: Funds will be used to renovate the organization’s Exeter facility, providing for the increased access to critical services that help move homeless families into housing and self-sufficiency. These services include case management, life skills counseling, financial management, housing applications referrals to local mental health services and more. 
  • SEE Science Center (Manchester) – $200,000: Tax credits will help fund new and enhanced exhibits that promote interactive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning for Manchester school-aged children and the local community. 
  • The Community Kitchen (Keene) – $156,250: Funds will be used to complete critical facility upgrades that will ensure the continued delivery of food pantry and hot meal program services to low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the Keene area.
CDFA also awarded $375,000 in tax credits for its L5 Capacity Program. This new program, launched in 2016, is aimed at providing resources to strengthen New Hampshire non-profit organizations focused on community development. To support the various initiatives proposed by applicants, CDFA awarded tax credit funds to the following organizations:
  • Alpha Loft;
  • Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter;
  • Northern Forest Center;
  • One Sky Community Services;
  • Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative; and
  • Turning Points Network.
The awarded resources will further enable those organizations in serving the needs of New Hampshire communities.
In addition to this year’s selected projects, CDFA’s tax credit program supports New Hampshire’s Regional Development Corporations, which together will receive $250,000 in funds this year. The funds will provide capital for the nonprofit Regional Development Corporations throughout the state to collaborate on fostering and encouraging economic development and job growth.
Grants made to organizations are in the form of tax equity. New Hampshire businesses support the selected projects by purchasing the tax credits, resulting in the nonprofit receiving a donation and the company receiving a 75 percent New Hampshire state tax credit against that contribution. The credit can be applied against the Business Profits Tax, Business Enterprise Tax or Insurance Premium.
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CDFA is a statewide nonprofit public authority focused on maximizing the value and impact of community and economic development programs in New Hampshire through the scaling and leveraging of its financial and technical resources. CDFA’s assets under management exceed $25 million annually. Those resources include competitive deployment of grants, direct debt, and equity; highlighted by state tax credits, federal Community Development Block Grant resources, and multiple clean energy and efficiency finance products via the CDFA Clean Energy Fund. For more information about CDFA and its programs visit or call 603-226-2170.

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