Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

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Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

Pictured above: The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, has named Sean and Liz Feren as Co-Chairs of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund for 2023.

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About the BCAF and Bishop's Summer Reception

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is a not-for-profit organization within the Catholic Church in New Hampshire. The Fund enables the Bishop of Manchester, through a board of directors, to make grants to not-for-profit organizations without regard to religious affiliation for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs. Volunteer lay men and women, who serve as Directors, make recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester for grants with an emphasis on meeting basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, heat and other necessities. The grants go to organizations in New Hampshire whose mission and operations are consistent with the mission of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Bishop’s Summer Reception to benefit the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund (BCAF) will be reimagined this year of 2023. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH. Plan to attend this annual reception and explore the many art galleries, sip on cocktails, and dine on hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The Museum features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photography, and sculptures. It also has a gallery of religious artwork, which is magnificent. The permanent collection includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, Calder, Scheier and Goldsmith, John Singer Sargent, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andrew Wyeth.

This reimagined Summer Reception will also showcase the charitable work that is provided to organizations that improve the quality of life and provide the essentials for individuals and families, especially the poor and disadvantaged. Now in its 38th year, the BCAF has raised and distributed more than $7.4 million in New Hampshire.

Make a Donation

CLICK HERE to make a donation to the BCAF. If you would like to mail in a donation, please make the check out to the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, 153 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104. If you have questions, please contact Melanie English at or (603) 663-0166.

BCAF Grants

Grant Applications

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is now accepting applications for grants for 2023. The BCAF gives preference to tax-exempt organizations that assist with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing and home heating. Guidelines and instructions on how to apply are available through the BCAF grant application form.

The board meets quarterly to review grant applications. If your organization is interested in applying for a grant we need your request on April 19, 2023 or September 20, 2023.

Grant Recipients

View a list of BCAF grant recipients from October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023.

View our 2022 BCAF Summer Newsletter

View our 2022 BCAF Winter Newsletter

VCA Logo Color 150Vita et Caritas Award

The Vita et Caritas Award is presented to a non-profit organization’s volunteer who makes significant contributions to the organization. This award, which includes a grant to the organization, honors the memory of Ruthie Ford, whose life reflected tireless dedication to service to help women, children and families. Read more about the Vita Caritas Award.

Board of Directors

The BCAF has a volunteer board of directors that is responsible for both raising funds and reviewing and approving grant applications.