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General Project Grants for Community Engagement

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Agencies,
Schools, and IHEs for Community Arts Programs

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

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07/26/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $750 to $4,500 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and IHEs for a broad range of arts programming to benefit local communities. Funding is intended specifically to bring arts activities to underserved communities in the state.

General Project Grants for Community Engagement are designed to help nonprofit organizations, Main Street Programs, municipalities, and schools bring arts presentations and activities into communities to enhance the quality of life for citizens, attract visitors, and help stimulate local economies through the arts. This competitive and matching grant category supports a wide range of activities including performances, concerts, exhibits, workshops, local festivals, collaborative public art projects, etc., that engage the arts and artists for the benefit of New Hampshire residents and communities; short-term arts presentations and activities in schools or after school programs for youth of all ages; projects that help to preserve, document, and showcase heritage & traditional arts and cultural diversity of N.H. communities.

Applicants are encouraged to:
- Develop projects that include and compensate New Hampshire artists.
- Bring arts presentations and activities to underserved populations in New Hampshire, including people living in rural areas, people with economic, physical and/or social circumstances that restrict their access to the arts including recent immigrants and refugees, youth, seniors, people with disabilities and/or people in recovery.
- Develop projects that integrate the arts into other subjects, such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), history and social studies.

For a list of sample projects, please see Page 1 of the Grant Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179326

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests may be made for $750 - $4,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects may occur between November 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS and not-for-profit incorporation in the State of New Hampshire; state, federal, county, municipal, or government agency; school; or unit of a post-secondary educational institution may apply. Must have at least a one-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.

All applicants must:
- Make their programs accessible to people with disabilities;
- Have submitted all required reports on past State Arts Council grants; and
- Be in good standing with the N.H. Secretary of State’s Office and the N.H. Attorney General’s Office.

Note: Organizations that are incorporated in a neighboring state of Maine, Vermont or Massachusetts, physically headquartered within 50 miles of the New Hampshire border, can demonstrate that over 50% of the individuals who benefit from their work are N.H. residents, and have a significant representation of N.H. residents on their Board, are also eligible.

To allow for broad distribution of public funds to benefit youth and to maximize funding of arts activities in New Hampshire communities, non-profit organizations and/or schools may receive one FY2020 grant in the following categories:
- General Project Grants for Community Engagement
- Artist in Residence (AIR)
- Youth Arts Projects (YAP)
- Public Value Partnerships

This grant does not fund:
- Commercially viable "for-profit" publications, recordings, or films.
- General operating expenses not directly related to the project.
- Lobbying or fundraising expenses.
- Projects already receiving funds from another State Arts Council grant category for the same project.
- Any cost item listed in the glossary under ineligible expenses.
- Projects/activities that are not open to the general public.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the State Arts Council’s grant information sessions.

Each year, the NH State Council on the Arts offers grant information workshops. These sessions are designed for both new and former applicants.

NHSCA staff will present an overview of the State Arts Council's programs and the latest information on grants, including changes to the State Arts Council's grant guidelines and the services offered by the NH State Council on the Arts.

Currently scheduled workshops:

- Monday, March 4, 2019, 1:00-2:00 PM, The Currier Museum, 150 Ash Street, Manchester
- Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, The Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport

Please click here for the workshop schedule and registration links:

Pre-Application Information:

Drafts of narrative questions and budgets may be reviewed if submitted by email at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline. First time applicants are especially encouraged to submit drafts.

The deadline for this application is 11:59 PM Friday, July 26, 2019.

Award notification may take up to 10 weeks after the application deadline.

Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis with a minimum of 50% cash match and up to 50% in-kind. School applicants who serve a student body at or above 40% free and reduced lunch are not required to provide financial match.

Cash match can include the percentage of time applied to the project by salaried employees of the organization (staff and administrators). When applicants provide materials and equipment needed for the project, the cost of these may be included in the budget as cash match.

In-kind contributions will also be considered by the reviewers as evidence of support and commitment by the community and/or partner organization.

NHSCA funds cannot be matched by other awards from the NHSCA or National Endowment for the Arts.

Instructional video about the online application system:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For questions about the grant program, please contact:
Lisa Burk-McCoy, Grant Coordinator
(603) 271-0794

For accessibility accommodation requests including alternate formats, please contact:
Cassandra Mason

For questions about the online application system at Submittable, please contact:
855-467-8264, ext 2

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
Van McLeod Building
19 Pillsbury Street, 1st Floor
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

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