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Nonprofits sought to apply for Champions in Action award

MANCHESTER — Nonprofits are invited to apply for the Champions in Action award, sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader and Citizens Bank.

Nonprofit organizations focused on strengthening communities have until 5 p.m. March 7 to apply for the award, which carries a $35,000 grant and promotional assistance. The winner will be announced in July. Applications can be completed at

The selected Champion in Action will receive an unrestricted $35,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation, coverage and advertising support from the New Hampshire Union Leader over the course of six months, volunteer support from Citizens Bank colleagues and the New Hampshire Union Leader, public relations support, and promotional support, including advertising in Citizens Bank branches, on Citizens Bank ATMs, and on Citizens Bank and New Hampshire Union Leader websites.
The organization’s executive director also will have an opportunity to participate in a president-to-president mentorship with an executive at Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens.

This marks the next category for the 2014 Champions in Action program, which provides financial, volunteer and public relations support to local nonprofits. “Strengthening Communities through Family Support” is the focus for the second half of 2014.
To be eligible, an organization must be a New Hampshire-based nonprofit organization that serves New Hampshire and addresses the designated social concern, provide verification of tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and have a total operating budget of $5 million or less.
Launched in 2002, the Champions in Action program is designed to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to New Hampshire communities. Since inception, 49 nonprofits have been honored statewide.

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