MVSB takes the value of stewardship very seriously. We aid the communities we serve in the forms of scholarship, sponsorship, and grants. We encourage our employees to take active roles in the community – and we proudly support the thousands of hours of community service offered by them in each year.
Sponsorships and Contributions
If you are interested in having Meredith Village Savings Bank support your non-profit organization, please contact your local office. For a listing, click here.
Sharing your message
We are always happy to help local non-profits share information about their organizations and special events:
- Each office has a community board to display flyers and posters
- We can post messages and event information on digital signs in front of our offices in Laconia and Meredith
- Agencies can provide inserts to distribute in lobbies and cash envelopes
Please Note: that we cannot promote lotteries or religious or political messages. Other restrictions may apply.
The MVSB James D. Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one graduating senior from each of the following public high schools:
- Gilford High School
- Inter-Lakes High School
- Kingswood Academy
- Laconia High School
- Moultonborough Academy
- Plymouth Regional High School
- Prospect Mountain High School
Information and applications for this scholarship are available at guidance offices at the schools listed above.
The MVSB Culinary Arts Center Scholarship
The MVSB Culinary Arts Center is part of The Huot Technical Center, a regional program for students at Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Franklin and Winnisquam Regional High Schools. The Center provides students the opportunity to begin to develop skills that are essential to employment in all facets of the food service trade.
Information and applications for this scholarship are available at Huot Technical Center Administrative Offices.
Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA)
The IOLTA program was created in 1982 when a NH Supreme Court ruling began requiring attorneys to maintain a pooled interest-bearing trust account for clients’ funds which were nominal in amount or to be held for a short period of time. Under Supreme Court Rule 50, the interest generated in those accounts was required to be transferred to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation for charitable purposes. Since its inception, the IOLTA program has raised more than $28 million to help provide legal services to New Hampshire citizens who are struggling to overcome poverty.
To be designated as a Leadership Bank by the NH Bar Foundation, MVSB must pay 2% or higher interest on IOLTAs, exceed the bank’s standard NOW account rate, and waive routine service charges.
The Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund makes grants every year to local non-profits that make a significant impact upon the lives of people in the communities we serve. These grants are in addition to the bank’s regular contributions and the extraordinary volunteer efforts by our employees.
Established in 1997, the MVSB Fund awards grant-based contributions to non-profit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for residents living in the Bank’s service areas. Since its inception, 329 grants totaling more than $1,290,867 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational and historic projects throughout the Lakes Region and Plymouth areas.
Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring as well as education and restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances and equipment that helps save lives. While not focused on a particular category, Fund administrators are mindful of the receiving organization and its contribution to the quality of life in the communities served.
In the fall of 2016, grants were awarded to:
- Belknap House (Laconia, NH) was awarded $5,000 to support their Strengthening Families program, which enhances the five protective factors that keep families strong and children safe from abuse and neglect. Belknap House is an emergency cold weather shelter that provides support to homeless families in Belknap County.
- Belmont High School Robotics (Belmont, NH) was awarded $7,500 to go toward the equipment purchase for elementary and middle school-level programs related to robotics. These programs, which encourage student-interest in STEM-based fields, provide engaging experiences in robotics-related activities.
- Belmont Middle School (Belmont, NH) was awarded $6,000 to go toward the creation of a makerspace area, including a 3D printer, software, sewing machines and electronic kits for students. The space will be made available for Belmont Middle School students and teachers to gather, create, invent and learn.
- Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth/CADY (Plymouth, NH) was awarded $5,000 to support the Launch Youth Entrepreneurship Program, a development program that combines workforce training, paid summer employment and substance misuse prevention strategies for youth living in the Newfound and Pemi-Baker regions. CADY was founded in 1999 to educate families, schools and communities about the importance of drug prevention and misuse among youth of Central and Northern NH.
- End 68 Hours of Hunger (Wolfeboro, NH) was awarded $6,000 to expand the weekend meals program for children in need from Wolfeboro, Tuftonboro and Ossipee. The program supports children, who would otherwise have insufficient food on the weekends, bring home a bag containing three dinners, two breakfasts, lunches and snacks on Fridays. End 68 Hours of Hunger confronts the hunger some school children experience between the free lunch they receive in school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive in school on Monday morning.
- Gilford Youth Center (Gilford, NH) was awarded $2,500 to support transportation costs for summer camp. The Center’s summer camp is a seven-week program, offered to local area middle school students. Gilford Youth Center is a safe, affordable and inclusive facility for Gilford and the Lakes Region, offering educational, athletic and community opportunities for youth, adults and families.
- Got Lunch – Ashland/Holderness (Ashland, NH) was granted $1,000 for support of the Got Lunch program in the towns of Ashland and Holderness for summer 2017. Got Lunch is a community-based program that provides healthy lunch foods to children during their summer break.
- Grafton County Senior Citizens Council (Plymouth, NH) was awarded $5,000 to go toward the cost of a professional delivery service to pick up donated food twice per week for GCSCC Seniors. The Plymouth Regional Senior Center receives generous donations of up to 50 cases of food from Hannaford Supermarkets through the Fresh Produce Rescue Program of the NH Food Bank, and funding supports its pick-up and distribution. Founded in 1972, GCSCC provides home-delivered meals, outreach and counseling, on-demand transportation, activities, educational programs, congregate meals, volunteer opportunities, assistance with chores and repairs and telephone reassurance to the homebound community.
- Greater Meredith Program (Meredith, NH) was awarded $5,000 to expand their Career Partnership Program to Interlakes Middle Tier students. The expansion will increase the reach of the Program so that every student, prior to high school graduation, is involved with at least one job shadow and one internship. The Career Partnership Program offers work-based learning opportunities through internships, job shadowing, guest speaking and career fairs.
- Interlakes Community Caregivers (Center Harbor, NH) was granted $3,500 for an expanded and improved volunteer screening program to include critical background checks. Interlakes Community Caregivers is supported by caring volunteers who provide services to individuals and families in times of need. Its program complements existing public and private resources that assist neighbors living independently in their homes for as long as possible.
- Laconia School District – Office of Extended Learning (Laconia, NH) was awarded $4,000 to provide elementary students from low-income families the ability to rent or purchase instruments for Beginners’ Band. Beginners’ Band is an individualized and group instrumental instruction program for elementary students in Laconia.
- Lakes Region Art Association (Tilton, NH) was awarded $1,000 to go toward the replacement of the Association’s computer, printer and software. The Lakes Region Art Association, formerly known as the Laconia Art Association, was founded in 1940 to encourage the creation of art and to further community appreciation of art by the promotion, education, sale and display of visual fine arts by local artists.
- Lakes Region Humane Society (Ossipee, NH) was awarded $7,400 to go toward the repair and refinishing of the Society’s concrete floor, where shelter dogs wait before they are adopted. The Lakes Region Humane Society provides year-round rescue and shelter services to dogs and cats.
- New Beginnings – Without Violence and Abuse (Laconia, NH) was awarded $5,000 to update the organization’s computer network and information security systems. New Beginnings is dedicated to ending sexual, domestic and stalking violence through the provision of safe and effective services, including emergency refuge and support.
- New Durham School (New Durham, NH) was awarded $6,000 to help students attend the Camp Invention Enrichment Program for one week. Camp Invention is a summer STEM enrichment program where students are given the opportunity to practice innovation, creative problem solving and apply engineering skills.
- NH Historical Society (Concord, NH) was awarded $2,500 to support the expansion of the Society’s education program to Lakes Region students. New Hampshire Historical Society is the independent non-profit that saves, preserves and shares state history, serving thousands of children and adults each year through its museum, library, education, publications and outreach programs.
- Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (Gilford, NH) was awarded $6,000 to support the Institute’s four-day Camp Resilience program for 12 disabled veterans. Camp Resilience, which consists of life-skills training and outdoor team-building activities, empowers disabled veterans to gain greater self-confidence and to improve their quality of life.
- The Village Players (Wolfeboro, NH) was granted $5,000 to go toward the repair and replacement of its theater roof. The Village Players is a non-profit amateur community theater in Wolfeboro.
- Wamesit Engine Companies (Meredith, NH) was awarded $2,500 to go toward the purchase of thermal imaging cameras for all fire trucks at the Meredith Fire Department. Thermal imaging cameras allow firefighters the ability to see in a smoke filled room. Wamesit Engine Companies was founded by active and retired members of the Meredith Fire Department to serve the Greater Meredith Community.
- Wolfeboro Senior Center and Meals (Wolfeboro, NH) was awarded $1,500 to extend the Center’s meals and activities service period one month; beginning services in August instead of September and lasting through May of the following year. The Wolfeboro Senior Center was founded in 2010 to enrich the lives of local seniors through educational programs, informative events, recreation and nutritious meals within a welcoming community.
- Women’s Health at Memorial Hospital (North Conway, NH) was awarded $5,000 to support the Hospital’s New Life Prenatal Substance Abuse program for prenatal drug addicted women and their drug-exposed newborns postpartum.
If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, please download and complete an application. Note that applications are due annually in October.