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Community Project Grants - Quarterly Grants and Quick Grants

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs, and
Museums for Public Humanities Programs and Events

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New Hampshire Humanities

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 - Full Proposal for Quarterly Grants and Quick Grants Deadline


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, museums, libraries, historical societies, schools, colleges, and community service groups for humanities projects. For grants of up to $10,000, applicants must submit a first draft by April 2, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Applicants may request technical assistance and draft reviews prior to the deadline.

Community Project Grants help organizations provide creative public humanities programming on topics of interest in local communities. New Hampshire Humanities seeks proposals that actively engage participants, present diverse perspectives, pose questions and explore ideas openly and broadly, and encourage people to think about how the subject matter relates to their own lives and communities.

The humanities are fields of inquiry that explore the heart of the human experience. They look at what humans have created, debated, thought, done, and believed throughout recorded time. These fields include history, literature, and philosophy as well as archaeology, ethics, jurisprudence, comparative religion and culture, languages and linguistics, and the history and interpretation of the arts and sciences. Using humanities skills - such as reading, listening, critical thinking, analysis and discussion – helps people to be informed, imaginative, and engaged.

Types of Grants:

- Quarterly Grants: Quarterly grants of up to $10,000 are the heart of New Hampshire Humanities grant making, enabling all kinds of nonprofits and educational institutions to design and carry out multi-faceted projects.
- Quick Grants: Quick Grants of up to $1,000 support single events or short series and are available in as little as six weeks from submission deadline to first public event.

Successful proposals share three active ingredients: public participation, humanities experts, and humanities content.

Public Participation: Successful grant proposals are designed for and open to a public audience in New Hampshire made up of out-of-school adults or multi-age groups. Community Project Grants are not intended to pay for in-school programs to augment classroom instruction, although proposals for programs held at a school after hours that are open to the public are welcome. Some projects may target specific audiences whose participation has a multiplier effect, such as teachers or healthcare providers, or people with limited access to the humanities, such as incarcerated men or women or nursing home residents. In these and other cases, it may not be appropriate to open programs to the general public.

Typically, New Hampshire Humanities-supported events are free, although modest fees may be charged or donations sought to cover certain direct expenses.

Formats vary, and multiple formats may be combined in one proposal. Possibilities include:

-A facilitated book or film discussion series or festival
-Community reads or conversations
-Lectures or readings followed by discussions
-Public conferences
-Oral history, literature or philosophy workshops or camps
-Exhibition-related planning, production & programming
-Teacher professional development
-Projects that link schools and their communities
-Guided history walks and talks
-Material culture demonstrations and talks
-Oral history collection and presentations
-Traditional or social media projects – radio, film, video, web
-Other ideas for public programs

Humanities Experts: Whether involved as an invited speaker or as an integral member of a more extensive project’s planning team, humanities experts strengthen a project by providing broad perspective and in-depth knowledge. Trained scholars, they have formal academic backgrounds such as a Master’s or PhD in a humanities discipline or specialized knowledge developed through professional experience or immersion in a particular cultural tradition. Graduate students in a relevant humanities discipline may also qualify. Identifying possible humanities experts is one way New Hampshire Humanities can assist early in the planning of a project.

Humanities Content: What does it mean to be human? What matters in life? What can be learned from the own past, and from other societies? Successful proposals identify essential questions of meaning inherent in the subject matter of the project. They provide opportunities for people to learn and reflect about their world and themselves from the exploration of these questions. Whatever the topic, the primary purpose of the program must be inquiry and not advocacy.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178792

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Quarterly Grants: Up to $10,000
-Quick Grants: Up to $1,000

Term of Contract:

- If submitting a Full Proposal for a Quarterly Grant by November 1, 2017, the first public event must be held by February 1, 2018.
- If submitting a proposal for a Quick Grant by November 1, 2017, the earliest date of a public event is January 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is available to tax exempt organizations serving New Hampshire including libraries, historical societies, museums, community service groups, colleges, schools and other nonprofits.

An applicant organization must provide a copy of its IRS Determination Letter or other evidence of nonprofit status and its federal tax identification and DUNS numbers.

A DUNS number identifies your organization and is required to receive federal dollars. If your organization does not know its DUNS number or needs to register for one, visit

Not Funded:
-Individual research or activities
-Courses for credit or in-school programs
-Scholarships, fellowships, or awards
-Writing or publishing projects, unless integral to a public program
-Event tickets or field trip costs (e.g., for a group to attend a program)
-Visual arts or musical or theatrical performances
-Scholarly research projects or conferences
-Projects designed as fund-raising ventures
-Liquor or entertainment for project personnel
-Refreshments or snacks for audiences or participants
-Capital projects (i.e. renovation, collection acquisition, or the purchase of buildings or land)
-Employee benefits
-Indirect expenses (organization overhead)
-Activities that advocate for a particular political or social party, agenda or action.

Pre-Application Information:

All Community Project Grants are 1:1 matching grants. This means that the amount requested from New Hampshire Humanities must be no more than half of what goes into the project. Cash expenditures and in-kind contributions by the applicant organization or third parties must make up the other half or more. The cash portion of the applicant’s contribution must equal or exceed 10% of the grant request.

Staff assistance is available and may include:
-Helping conceptualize the overall project as a humanities project;
-Identifying humanities experts who can help plan and implement the project;
-Making connections to other individuals, groups and resources;
-Answering detailed questions about budget, procedures, etc;
-Reading and responding to an inquiry letter or to a first draft of a Quarterly Grant proposal.

Applying for a Quarterly Grant is a two-step process. The project director must e-mail a first draft to Associate Director by the application deadline. The Foundation will respond by phone or email with comments and suggestions within two weeks. The deadline for the complete application is a month after the draft deadline.

Quarterly Grant Deadlines (Postmarked by 5:00 PM):

- First Draft: October 1, 2017
- Full Proposal: November 1, 2017
- Notification by: Mid December 2017
- First Public Event by: February 1, 2018

- First Draft: January 5, 2018
-Full Proposal: February 1, 2018
-Notification by: Mid March
-First Public Event by: May 1, 2018

-First Draft: April 2, 2018
-Full Proposal: May 1, 2018
-Notification by: Mid June 2018
-First Public Event by: August 1, 2018

-First Draft: July 2, 2018
-Full Proposal: August 1, 2018
-Notification by: Mid September 2018
-First Public Event by: November 1, 2018

Quick Grant Deadlines:

-Apply by: November 1, 2017
-Notification by: December 1, 2017
-Earliest Date of Public Event: January 1, 2018

-Apply by: January 5, 2018
-Notification by: February 1, 2018
-Earliest Date of Public Event: March 1, 2018

-Apply by: March 1, 2018
-Notification by: April 1, 2018
-Earliest Date of Public Event: May 1, 2018

-Apply by: May 1, 2018
-Notification by: June 1, 2018
-Earliest Date of Public Event: July 1, 2018

-Apply by: July 1, 2018
-Notification by: August 1, 2018
-Earliest Date of Public Event: September 1, 2018

-Apply by: September 1, 2018
-Notification by: October 1, 2018
-Earliest Date of Public Event: November 1, 2018

Before you Apply:

Apply for a Grant:

If you are interested in hosting a program from the speakers' bureau, Humanities to Go, please click here:

Contact Information:

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

Mail signed original applications and documents to:

New Hampshire Humanities
117 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301

Additionally, email all the completed documents (separately or as a PDF) along with the humanities expert’s resume to Susan Hatem at

For assistance, contact Susan Hatem, Associate Director, at 603-224-4071 x. 14 or at the email address above.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire