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Artist in Residence (AIR) Grant

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits and Schools for
Artists Residencies to Enhance Classroom Arts Education

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

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Deadline Date:

04/03/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $7,500 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations and public schools to support residencies for artists to enhance arts education in classrooms. Funding is intended for residencies in all arts disciplines including media, music, dance, theater, craft, creative writing, and visual arts.

Artist in Residence (AIR) grants provide funding for public schools to invite juried teaching artists to lead rigorous educational experiences in the arts. Visiting teaching artists support deeper learning of arts competencies, STEAM projects, interdisciplinary arts integration, and broadening access to culturally diverse artistic practices. Learning through the arts develops creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration and supports school goals for wellness and social and emotional learning.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179075

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests may be made for $1,000 - $7,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between August 1, 2020 and September 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public school (pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12), or any nonprofit organization serving as alternative education sites for students with special needs in New Hampshire, that are publicly funded or have 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service and are incorporated in the State of New Hampshire.

Private or parochial schools are not eligible for AIR grants, due to limited funds.

AIR grants may not be used to replace or supplant the normal school district expenses or full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers, materials, equipment, construction, and capital expenditures.

Grant funds may not be used to support fundraising expenses.

The following costs are not eligible for funding and should not be included in the application’s budget:
- Previously incurred debts or deficits;
- Lobbying or fundraising expenses;
- Non-consumable equipment;
- Endowments, fellowships, scholarships, academic research financial aid to individual or degree grant opportunities;
- Capital projects;
- Funding of a new, permanent position or replacement of lost funding for existing staff;
- Contracted services of an organization's staff or board member;
- Regularly contracted services such as a grant writer, accountant, attorney advertising firm or district curriculum supervisor;
- Revenue producing activities or commercially viable "for-profit" enterprises.

Pre-proposal Conference:

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:
- Thursday, February 20, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM, Rochester Performance and Arts Center, 32 North Main Street, Rochester
- Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 12:00-1:30 PM, NH Forest & Lands North Country Resource Center, 629B Main Street, Lancaster
- Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 11:30 am-12:30 PM, The Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport
- Thursday, March 5, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM, Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester

Pre-registration is required as space is limited.
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Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for this program is 11:59 PM Friday, April 3, 2020.

It is strongly recommended that you attend a workshop for more information on the grant program and online system.

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 school (teachers and administrators). When applicants provide materials and equipment needed for the residency, 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.

A SAU may not receive more than one AIR grant during a school year per school.

Organizations and/or schools may only receive ONE grant across the following categories.
Carefully consider your project to identify the most appropriate grant category. If you have
questions, contact the grant coordinator.
• Artist in Residence Grant(AIR)
- Youth Arts Project Grant(YAP)
- Arts for Community Engagement Grant (ACE)
- Folklife and Traditional Arts Project Grant (FTAP)
- Public Value Partnership (Operating Grant)

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Contact Information:

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

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Cassandra Mason, Chief Grants Officer

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