NH Empowering Youth Program

through the Department of Health and Human Service

Click here for the Empower Youth Program funding application                          


Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the expenditure of $2 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) for the Empowering Youth Program, which will allow the Department of Health and Human Services to fund summer youth programming as part of the State’s Invest in the Future Fund.

COVID-19 has severely limited summer programing available to middle and high-school aged youth.  After months of remote learning, older youth may be experiencing negative effects of social isolation, engaging in substance abuse, or subject to abuse or neglect.  Some high-school students, having been physically out of school since March, may decide not to return this fall. During this time of social distancing and limited summer camp/care options, adolescent youth will benefit immensely from structured activities outside of the home.

Empowering Youth Program funding is available for youth summer and fall programs. The summer programs may be transformed into afterschool or weekend programs when the school year resumes. Permitting programs that extend beyond the traditional summer break will incentivize the creation of opportunities that will serve as a bridge for students as they transition back to school in the fall. This format also allows providers to proactively explore alternative community-based programs, which could prove beneficial in the event that schools revert to remote or hybrid operations at some point during the 2020-21 school year.

The Empowering Youth Program is designed to benefit middle and high-school aged youth. The program’s incentives target providers that will either expand current programs to middle and high-school students or initiate new program opportunities for these age groups.  Similarly, providers may access program resources to fund adolescent youth counselor positions within existing programs that are aimed at younger children. This will provide teenagers the opportunity to learn leadership and mentoring skills.

Funding is available to New Hampshire non-profit and for-profit summer and school-year youth programs that serve middle and high-school youths, with an emphasis on vulnerable youth and children involved with the Division of Children, Youth and Families. Programs specifically offering activities involving gang-violence prevention, substance-misuse prevention, youth empowerment, dropout prevention, and safe havens are encouraged to apply.  Programs that serve early-childhood or elementary school ages may apply only if they are also offering a program that includes the targeted age group or allows youths within the targeted age group to serve as a counselor-in-training, program aide, specialty program presenter, academic tutor, playground coach, etc.

To obtain funding, programs must:

  • Be eligible to receive a State of New Hampshire vendor number;
  • Have equitable enrollment policies as to race, income, gender, religion, and sexual orientation;
  • Serve youths that meet the DCYF definition of vulnerable children*;
  • Not have received other CARES Act funding for the same program, unless the program will expand to additional targeted youth; and
  • Serve youths, at least 75% of which are New Hampshire residents

Provider applications will be approved on a rolling basis to enable providers to open or expand programs as quickly as possible. Award decisions will be based on a combination of number of youth able to be served, geographic location, and target audience. The application period will open on Thursday, July 23, 2020 and end on Monday, August 17, 2020. All funds must be expended by December 30, 2020.

* Vulnerable children are those children who are at-risk for abuse or neglect due to physical, psychological and/or environmental factors. They do not need to have an open DCYF to be considered vulnerable and may qualify due to their geographic location or household circumstances.

Preparing To Complete the Application

Review, the sample application to familiarize yourself with the questions on the application

Have on hand the following information:

  • 2019 Tax return/filing or 990
  • Current or projected numbers of children you will be serving along with their demographics, if possible depending whether you have open, re-opening or newly launching program

If your program has multiple locations, you must complete a separate application for each location.

Completing and Submitting the Application

Click on the application link at  Empower Youth Program funding application link

Complete the application in its entirety

When you submit your application, an automatic thank you note from the Survey Monkey site will pop up. In addition, we will send an email confirming receipt of your application within two business days. This receipt does not confirm if the application is complete and is not a guarantee of eligibility or funding. It is only a confirmation that your submission has been received by DHHS as you completed it.

Please be sure that your email address is correct. This is our primary mode of communication and an accurate email is essential

If you have made an error on your application after submission, please notify us, in writing before the August 17th deadline. Send that information to NHEYP@dhhs.nh.gov with the words “EYP Application change” in the subject line. Please do not call with this information.

To be considered for the Empower Youth Program funding, this application must be completed and submitted by 6:00 P.M. on August 17, 2020. There are no exceptions to this deadline. Financials will be submitted by email or mail and must be received by August 17. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and will not be reviewed until both the application and financials have been received.

Mailed financials can be sent to:
Dianne R Chase, BCDHSC – EYP Docs
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

If you need assistance in completing your application a listing of available resources will be on the CCAoNH and DHHS websites. You can receive live support by emailing NHEYP@dhhs.nh.gov and setting up a call time.

In addition, a one-hour informational webinar will be held on Thursday, July 30 at 12:30 for prospective applicants. It will be recorded and available along with FAQs on the CCAofNH website.

How will programs be selected?

After your application is submitted, it will be reviewed to ensure all information has been included and it is ready to be submitted to the EYP Review Committee.

The review process will include:

Criteria to include (not limited to):

  • Demonstrated program needs for support due to COVID-19 (i.e., profit/loss)
  • Plan to respond to changing employer/community needs for youth programming
  • Plan to sustain operations after funding ends
  • Partnerships/collaborations
  • Other supports/funding program received

What is the process from submission to funding?

  1. EYP application is accessed by an electronic link at Empower Youth Program funding application link .
  2. Financials are submitted electronically or by regular mail.
  3. Application is reviewed for completeness.
  4. Application is reviewed by ECP Review Team.
  5. Award notifications – funded, not funded, pending are sent within 5 to 7 business days of receipt of complete application packet (application and financials).
  6. Awarded programs receive award letter along with Program Agreement and other documents
  7. Agreement and docs are signed and submitted to DHHS.
  8. Invoice and Accountability packet is sent to program.
  9. Program submits invoice for funds.


July 23, 2020 Announcement of EYP Application Specifics
July 23, 2020 EYP Application online link active
July 23 – August 17, 2020 Formal Application Period, and rolling reviews are conducted on complete applications
August 17 , 2020 Application period ends at 6:00 PM EST
August 4, 2020 EYP Funding notifications begin via email
November 15, 2020 All invoices must be submitted
December 30, 2020 All funds must be expended

Sample Version for Reference EYP Application