Centennial Hall only New Hampshire Non-Profit to Receive A Community Thrives Grant from Gannett Foundation

October 5, 2021 (North Hampton, NH) — Friends of Centennial Hall Inc (FOCH) was announced a grant recipient of A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and a part of the Gannett Foundation, today. FOCH will receive a $5,000 Local Operating Grant for the continued restoration of Centennial Hall.

A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $17 million since 2017. This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 45 states. Friends of Centennial Hall was the only New Hampshire grant winner.

FOCH continues its work of renovating and maintaining the unique 1876 structure so Centennial Hall may continue to serve the as a cultural hub to the surrounding communities. The A Community Thrives grant will support the outstanding projects that still must be completed in order to open the second floor ballroom. 

“We are honored to have been selected as a 2021 A Community Thrives grant recipient,” FOCH Board Chair said. “Not only will we be able to use the funds towards the ongoing renovation projects, we are hopeful for the possible exposure from this national USA Today Network and Gannett Foundation crowd-funding program might afford to our historic gem.”

“We are proud of the work Friends of Centennial Hall Inc. has done to enhance North Hampton and the greater seacoast community. At Gannett, we take pride in supporting the organizations that make a positive impact in their communities. Through A Community Thrives, we lend financial support to that purpose as well as rally the whole community to champion a good and meaningful cause,” said CEO and Chairman Mike Reed