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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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04/06/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging between $1,000 and $4,500 to New Hampshire nonprofits and public schools to support residencies for artists to enhance arts education in classrooms. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff and attend a grant information session on February 20, 22, 27, or March 1, 2018.

Artist in Residence (AIR) grants provide funding for public schools to invite juried teaching artists to lead rigorous arts learning experiences. Visiting teaching artists support deeper learning of arts competencies, STEAM projects, interdisciplinary arts integration, and the development of creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Grants can be used to fund residencies in all arts disciplines including dance, theatre, media, music, visual arts, craft, and creative writing.

Artist in Residence Program Requirements
- Proposed residencies must include at least one artist from the Arts Education (AE) Roster. Additional artists may be included in the proposal and budget. Resumes and work samples are required for artists not on the AE Roster.
- An in-service professional development workshop for teachers that relates to the residency.
- A culminating event appropriate to the arts discipline, involving students, teachers, parents, volunteers, and the community.
- AIR coordinator (or other arts team representative) is required to attend the NHSCA annual Arts in Education Conference. The cost of registration may be included in the AIR budget.
- Project provides arts access to all students and reaches underserved populations.

Applicants are encouraged to:
- Design residencies and adjust scheduling that allow for meaningful contact between the visiting artist and a core group of students. Typically this requires at least 3-5 days of contact between the artist and the core group to ensure a rigorous experience.
- Complete a curricular mapping of the school arts education offerings and invite an artist in residence to fill a gap or deepen instruction in student identified interests.
- Develop projects with arts integrated approaches to interdisciplinary studies, such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), social studies, world languages, and community connections.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179075

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may be made for $1,000 - $4,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must occur between July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public school (pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12), or any non-profit organizations 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.


- A school may not receive more than one AIR grant during a school year per school (elementary, middle and high school within a greater school complex).
- Private or parochial schools are not eligible for AIR grants, due to limited funds. They are also encouraged to make use of the Arts Education Artist Roster, ask for technical assistance from the State Arts Council's AE Coordinator, and attend the annual Arts Education conference and other workshops offered throughout the year.
- AIR grants may not be used to replace the normal school district expenses of full time equivalent
(FTE) teachers, materials, equipment, construction, and capital expenditures.
- Grant funds may not be used to support fundraising expenses.

Ineligible Costs:

- 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:

Grant Information Workshops
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm, Rochester Performance and Arts Center, 32 North Main Street, Rochester
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm, The Currier Museum, 150 Ash Street, Manchester - FULL, wait listing
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12:30-1:30pm, North Conway Music Center, 1976 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11:30 am-12:30pm, The Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport

What you will learn:
- Who is eligible to apply
- What the NHSCA funds
- What grant programs are available and their deadlines
- How to use the online grant system
- The application and panel process

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be completed by 11:59pm on April 6, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. The Council cannot accept applications transmitted by facsimile (FAX) or e-mail and is not responsible for uncompleted online applications or paper applications lost in transit.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a grant information session, view the instructional videos and
discuss proposals with the grant coordinator before writing and submitting applications. Applicants should
also review the legal and reporting requirements for NHSCA grant funding.

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.

Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis with a minimum of 50% cash match and up to 50% in-kind.

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.

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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.

Register for the February 20 workshop:

Register for the February 22 workshop:

Register for the February 27 workshop:

Register for the March 1 workshop:

Apply online:

Julianne Gadoury, Grant Coordinator
Phone: (603) 271-0791

Questions about the online application system should be directed to:
Ginnie Lupi

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire