Colonial Theatre Awarded 3-Year $60,000 Grant

The Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, NH has been awarded a 3-year grant of $20,000 per year from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Colonial is among the first cohort of grantees receiving multiyear unrestricted funding through the Foundation’s Community Grants Program. “New Hampshire’s nonprofits do heroic work that improves the quality of life for everyone in the state,” said Katie Merrow, vice president of community impact at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. “The nonprofit sector does amazing work under often challenging conditions. And nonprofits are always being asked to do more and innovate more. They need this kind of flexible capital that helps them meet their important missions.” she added.

The Colonial will use the funds to build the organization’s capacity and strengthen its mission in light of the tremendous growth the Theatre has experienced recently in the wake of the improvements and renovations.

“The Colonial Theatre is such an important economic and cultural resource for Bethlehem and the region,” said Ben Amsden, Senior Program Officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. “We’re excited to support their efforts to bring creative and relevant programming to the North Country.”

“The NHCF has supported and guided the Friends of The Colonial since its inception in 2001,” Executive Director Stephen Dignazio added, “and we are both honored and inspired by the confidence the Foundation has shown us with this award.”

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. The Foundation manages a growing collection of more than 1,800 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and awards nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships every year. The Foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, supports great work happening in our communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit or call 603-225-6641.