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Laconia one of four NH communities receiving a grant to plan for immigrant integration

CONCORD — – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation, announced grant awards of more than $350,000 for the quarter. Seventeen grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.

"Four of the Endowment's recent grants will focus on a place-based initiative to create welcoming communities in New Hampshire," said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe. "Additional grants will be used to help bolster the capacity of the state's advocacy organizations, create infrastructure to support children's behavioral health, and track data related to early childhood development," he added.

Some of the recently awarded grants illustrate the Endowment's strategy in these areas, including the following projects:

Immigrant Integration Initiative Community-Based Planning – A total of $44,000 was awarded to four New Hampshire communities, including Greater Laconia, Manchester, Concord and Greater Nashua. The grants will support a collaborative planning process that will help advance the integration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire.

"Across the United States, a growing number of cities and towns are recognizing the economic and social benefits of fostering a welcoming culture for new and diverse populations," said EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme. "As New Hampshire's communities diversify and our native population ages, we have an unprecedented opportunity to capitalize on the infusion of youth, talent, energy, and innovation that immigrants bring to our state," she said.

The lead organizations receiving $11,000 planning grants in each community are as follows:

Greater Laconia – Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc.
Manchester – Organization for Refugee & Immigration Success (ORIS)
Concord – Second Start
Greater Nashua – United Way of Greater Nashua, Inc.

Each community will engage in a collaborative local process that includes the perspectives of local government, neighborhood leaders, providers, and the community at large.

 
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