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, continuing education of health professionals and applied or practical research.

Current year 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.

Applications received by April 1 and October 1 will be considered at the May and November meetings of the AEF Board of Trustees.

Please go to to begin your application.


  • You will need to use Internet Explorer as your browser for the on-line application.
  • You will be able to save your work as you proceed, coming back later to complete.
  • The application contains character limits. You may wish to draft responses in a word processing program where you can count characters and then paste them in.
  • You will be asked to upload supplementary documents, such as budgets. You can upload any standard format (Word, Excel, PDF, etc.).

No paper or emailed applications will be accepted. For questions regarding the application process or your proposal content and strategy, please contact Amy Lockwood at or 1-888-228-1821x80. If you have never applied to the foundation before, we encourage you to call before completing your application.


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