The great joy of being a Trustee of The Tamworth Foundation is the ability to grant funding for the worthwhile projects of our many community nonprofit organizations. To receive these grant applications, to read them and to envision the hopes, dreams and aspirations of each applicant makes us so very proud to live in Tamworth. We share the Town of Tamworth with folks who care very much for their fellow citizens. Numerous year-round and summer residents in this town are involved in caring and providing the best quality of life for us all. It is a credit to the volunteers who tirelessly give their services and to the donors who make these financial gifts possible. ~Kathie Dyrenforth (former TTF board member)
Our Grants through 2021 and 2022
There are two main ways that The Tamworth Foundation disperses money. One is through Permanent Restricted Endowments (money which has been given for a specific purpose), and the other is through grants made with unrestricted funds that organizations apply for and are voted on by the Board. Here is a list of the grants that were made in 2021 and 2022. The organizations funded by endowments are listed at the bottom of this page.
Union Hall Restoration ~ $27,500 Restorative maintenance, front entry door and steps, a handicap ramp, replacing the well filtration system and oil tank, building insurance, and exterior painting.
Tamworth Outing Club ~ $20,000 To support the purchase of a Kubota UTV trail groomer for cross country skiing and sled dog trails.
Rob Farnum grooming trails in Wonalancet for the Tamworth Outdoor Club. Photo by Annie Provenzano
Altrusa/Friends of Cook Memorial Library ~ $1,625 Literacy materials for the Baby Book Bag Program.
Advice to the Players Midsummer Night’s Dream ~ $4,230 Scholarships for Tamworth students.
Chocorua Church Mug Club ~ $900 Financial help to operate their community outreach program of coffee, snacks and fellowship.
Tamworth Learning Circles ~ $2,000 Snapdragon Theatre Summer Film Project.
Cook Memorial Library ~ $6,538 Bookmobile, community concerts behind the library, STEM and internet access.
Cook Memorial Library& Chocorua Lake Conservancy ~ $4,030 Wabanaki History, Ecology, and Experiences program series.
Bearcamp Center for Sustainable Community & K. A Brett School~ $9,364 Summer school camps for Tamworth students.
Advantage Kids Tennis ~ $800 Tennis lessons with yoga practice for children ages 7-14.
Chocorua Lake Conservancy ~$4,592 Toilet facility at the CLC Tamworth Residents' Beach, Chocorua Lake.
Not as pretty as the trees, but mighty handy! Photo by Lynne Flaccus
Arts Council of Tamworth ~$9,800 A new Executive Director.
Remick Park ~ $2,200 Maintenance to trees and gardens. New picnic tables.
Chocorua Public Library ~ $3,055 STEAM Educational Kits.
Tamworth History Center ~ $33,200 Part time Executive Director over three years ($11,100 each year).
Arts Council of Tamworth ~ $1,384.89 Transfer Station Mural Project.
Working on the mural for the transfer station at Cook Memorial Library. Photo by Ellen Farnum
Starting Point ~ $6,000 Remodeling of the Children’s Room to make the environment feel more safe and welcoming.
Town of Tamworth ~ $1,199 Meeting Owl to improve communications for Zoom presentations.
Recreation Field ~ $4,400 New fence to divide the soccer field and the parking lot.
Cook Memorial Library ~$1,200 Community Outdoor Music Summer Series.
MWV Adult Day Center ~ $5,000 Covid-19 Impacted Program Funding for Tamworth Residents.
St. Andrew's in the Valley Episcopal Church ~ $10,000 Parking lot resurface and kitchen upgrade.
Bearcamp Center for Sustainable Community ~$30,000 Summer Program for Tamworth students.
Campers at Bearcamp Center for Sustainable Community Summer Program.
Mountain Top Music Center ~ $3,026.38 Live streaming and on-demand content production and access.
Green Mountain Conservation Group ~ $5,000 Water literacy education programs for Tamworth students and residents.
Seek the Joy Comedy Show ~ $5,000 To support Tamworth residents with mental health issues through Northern Human Services.
Chocorua Lake Conservancy ~ $11,250 Study to repair the cement dam at the southern end of Chocorua Lake.
Chocorua Lake, photo by Annie Provenzano
Cook Memorial Library ~ $3,000 Archives intern to make digital files available on the library’s archive website of Tamworth Town Records.
Tamworth Outing Club ~ $8,000 Support for the ski program for KA Brett students.
Chocorua Community Church ~ $5,000 Steeple repairs, 2nd year of 4 matching grant.
Permanent Restricted Endowments
These six organizations have permanent endowments with TTF and receive an annual distribution. They are also free to apply for grants for other projects from TTF’s unrestricted funds.
Runnells Memorial Hall ~ established 1963 Chocorua Public Library ~ established 1968 Tamworth Community Nurse Association ~ established 1968 Tamworth Scholarship Committee ~ established 2013 Arts Council of Tamworth ~ established 2021 Tamworth History Center ~ established 2021
Wagon rides at the Tamworth History Center with May the draft horse. Photo by Kate Thompson