The Foundation’s interests in the field of health care are comprehensive and extend to health care, mental health, dental care, developmental and rehabilitative services, health promotion, health education, disease, accident prevention, nutrition, and applied or practical research.

Current focus: Based on recent communication with the community about high priority health needs, the foundation is particularly interested in receiving proposals that address health care access, mental health care access, obesity and hunger.

The Foundation supports activity which benefits the greater Derry area, the region from which patients of the Alexander Eastman Hospital were drawn. The area includes primarily the towns of Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Chester, Hampstead and Sandown.

The purposes of the Alexander Eastman Foundation are served through grant support to organizations awarded in response to proposals and special initiative commitments planned collaboratively by the Foundation with local service providers. Grants are awarded to support the capital, special projects and operations needs of qualifying organizations.

In considering proposals, priority is given to funding activity which serves the Foundation’s priority interests. The Alexander Eastman Foundation supports programs which:


  • Provide information and community education to improve the health and well-being of residents of the greater Derry area;
  • Address goals for healthy individuals and families through a long-term commitment to prevention, health promotion and education of consumers and providers;
  • Foster individual responsibility, independence, self-care and healthy life-style choices;

Family Systems

  • Strengthen families as the critical unit for community health and well-being
  • Recognize the changing nature of families and provide resources and assistance to reduce stress on families and improve family function;


  • Expand access to quality health care and prevention services for people with financial need.

Nonprofit 501(c) 3 organizations with public charity status and public agencies serving the greater Derry area are eligible to apply. Although renewable commitments to important programs are made over several years, the Foundation does not provide ongoing general operating support or underwrite programs indefinitely. The Foundation will not replace public or other funding available to support basic services. Grants are made neither to individuals nor to qualifying organizations to support the cost of services to particular individuals, except through the Alexander Eastman Scholarship Program.

Clear, thorough and concise answers to the questions in the application will aid the Foundation in evaluating the quality of all proposals. Proposals will also be evaluated in terms of fiscal soundness of the project and applicant organization.

The Alexander Eastman Foundation accepts applications for funding in the Spring and Fall each year. Applications are due on the following schedule:

  • Spring Grant Round – applications due on the second Monday in April
  • Fall Grant Round – applications due on the second Monday in October

Grant Applications

Applications should be emailed to:

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