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. You can also access the application here.
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.
Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund Grant Awards
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.
Recipients of the MVSB Charitable Fund include:
Camp Lawrence – Merrimack Valley YMCA (Lawrence, MA)
– Awarded $5,000 to help fund camping experiences for ten local boys from underprivileged families within the communities that the Bank serves to attend Camp Lawrence for Boys. Camp Lawrence is a diverse community of 150 campers and over 60 staff members from around the world. The camp covers 70 acres of Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee, and serves boys, ages 8-16.
Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth/CADY (Plymouth, NH)
– 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 to educate families, schools and communities about the importance of drug prevention and misuse among youth of Central and Northern NH.
Copper Cannon Camp (Franconia, NH)
– Awarded $2,500 to allow children from low-income families who live within MVSB’s service area to attend a one-week program at Copper Cannon. Copper Cannon offers free traditional summer camp experiences to participants who engage in stimulating activities that promote teamwork, group learning and social skills.
Friends Program (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $2,500 to help support the Friends Foster Grandparent Program, which focuses on early childhood development for at-risk children who need behavioral, emotional and educational support. The Friends Program accomplishes this by placing low-income senior volunteers in childcare centers and public school classrooms to provide critical support for student learning. The Friends Program is a social service organization that creates meaningful opportunities for seniors to work with children through a mentoring program for at-risk youth.
Got Lunch – Ashland/Holderness (Ashland, NH)
– Awarded $1,000 to support the Got Lunch program serving the towns of Ashland and Holderness for the summer of 2018. 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)
– 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 pick-up and distribution. 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.
Granite State Adaptive (Mirror Lake, NH)
– Awarded $5,000 to help fund its outreach to Lakes Region and Seacoast area children who will benefit from equine assisted therapies such as adaptive riding and hippotherapy. The Granite State Adaptive was founded to provide individuals who have a disability the opportunity to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through participation in sports, therapy, training and recreation programs.
Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center (Laconia, NH)
– Awarded $2,500 to build the organization’s 2018 literature library for children and families that visit its center. The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center is a program of the Granite State Children’s Alliance, serving children throughout Belknap County. Its mission is to provide victims of child abuse in New Hampshire a neutral environment where justice, healing, equity and prevention are fostered through the consistent, high quality and sustaining collaboration of community partners.
Harbor Homes (Nashua, NH)
– Awarded $25,000 to support the construction of the organization’s Boulder Point Veterans Housing Facility in Plymouth, NH. The facility will provide permanent housing to the area’s most vulnerable, low-income, disabled and homeless veterans. Harbor Homes is based in Nashua, NH and serves low-income individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with mental illness and other disabilities.
Laconia Police Department (Laconia, NH)
– Awarded $2,500 to help the department promote non-enforcement contact with the public and local youth through its Cop Card program, which consists of trading cards created about each officer with his/her picture and biography. The program is popular among young local residents, promoting invaluable bonds between children and trusted adults of the community.
Lakes Region Visiting Nurses’ Association (Meredith, NH)
– Awarded $5,000 to support specialized care in a patient’s home with hospice related services within Meredith. This is a significant community project and critical to the Lakes Region. LRVNA provides health care services to citizens of its rural communities within the comfort of their homes.
LIFE Ministries Food Pantry (Wolfeboro Falls, NH)
– Awarded $5,000 to help remodel and renovate the LIFE Ministries Food Pantry. Major goals of the renovations include creating more storage and private rooms, improving of traffic flow patterns and increasing space for newly donated refrigerators and freezers. LIFE Ministries Food Pantry serves meals to individuals and families up to three times per day, three or more times per week.
Meredith Center Free Will Baptist Church (Meredith, NH)
– Awarded $2,500 to help fund the repair of the steeple and bell cradle for Meredith Center Free Will Baptist Church, one of area’s landmark churches located on 122 Meredith Center Road.
New Durham Food Pantry (New Durham, NH)
– Awarded $10,000 to contribute to the purchase of its current building. The purchase will allow the New Durham Food Pantry to continue operating for local area residents who depend on its services. The Food Pantry provides needed food and household essentials to families and individuals in New Durham and its surrounding communities.
NH Historical Society (Concord, NH)
– Awarded $2,500 to support the expansion of the Society’s education program to Lakes Region students. Educational services are provided through class field trips to its museum in Concord and through visits to local-area schools by Society teachers. The New Hampshire Historical Society is the independent nonprofit that saves, preserves and shares state history, serving thousands of children and adults each year through its museum, library, education, publications and outreach programs.
NH Humane Society (Laconia, NH)
– Awarded $1,500 to help fund the roof construction of its outside pens, which would allow shelter dogs to play outside year-round, while remaining protected from the elements. The Humane Society was founded on the mission of finding responsible and caring homes and shelter for lost, abandoned and unwanted animals.
One Sky Community Services (Portsmouth, NH)
– Awarded $5,000 to contribute to One Sky’s Readiness Fund that addresses needs not covered by Medicaid or other state funding. The Fund helps clients support their most basic needs to facilitate personal growth and success in life. One Sky Community Services is a private, non-profit organization under contract with the state of NH that assists infants, children, young adults and seniors with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders to live as valued and participating members of their communities.
Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (Gilford, NH)
– Awarded $6,000 to sponsor a Camp Resilience session in 2018. Camp Resilience provides sustained comprehensive curriculum that helps wounded veterans recover their well-being by engaging in sports, adventure activities and life-skill programs.
Pemi Youth Center (Plymouth, NH)
– Awarded $2,500 to help expand its services, centers and reach into Tilton and Franklin. Pemi Youth Center is an empowerment program serving youth, ages 10-17, within the Greater Plymouth region. The organization was founded to provide a safe and welcoming place for young people outside of school, so that they can gain a sense of community, belonging and self-esteem.
White Horse Addiction Center (Center Ossipee, NH)
– Awarded $5,000 to go toward the implementation of treatment programs for Medical Withdrawal Management, 28-Day Residential Treatment, Low Intensity Residential Treatment and Sober Living by 2018. White Horse Addiction Center provides care for substance misuse and substance use disorder through its recovery center and outpatient program.
WinnAero (Gilford, NH)
– Awarded $3,000 to support its 2018 Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academies conducted at Laconia Municipal Airport. The ACE Academies include field trips and aerospace education programs for students in high school, middle school and elementary school. WinnAero was founded to promote youth interest in STEM through aviation and aerospace educational programs and experiences. WinnAero also aims to foster enthusiasm for flight, aeronautics and aerospace for people of all ages.
If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, please download and complete an application. Note that applications are due annually in October.