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General Project for Community Engagement Grant

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

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

Deadline Date:

07/28/17 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $750 to $4,500 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and IHEs for arts and cultural activities. Application drafts will be accepted and reviewed up to two weeks prior to the deadline. While applications are considered from organization in the bordering states of Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts, programs must be primarily targeted at New Hampshire residents.

Communities benefit from a lively arts and cultural sector both socially and economically. General Project Grants for Community Engagement are designed to help not-for-profit 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 and traditional arts and cultural diversity of NH communities.

Organizations seeking funding in this category are strongly 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 or social circumstances that restrict their access to the arts including recent immigrants and refugees, youth, seniors, and/or people with disabilities; develop projects that integrate the arts into other subjects, such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), history and social studies.

Sample Projects:

-A series of public performances for the local farmer’s market or town center.

-A series of community social dances featuring live music.

-A series of art activities/workshops for families with pre-school children at the local community center.

-An “Arts Walk” for downtown to coincide with local productions and a holiday celebration.

-A partnership with a local Main Street program, library, and historical society to create a community mural on a
downtown building or a series of banners that reflect the history, cultural heritage, or landscape of the town
created by an artist working with local students.

-A concert featuring compositions by a New Hampshire composer or playwright accompanied by an open rehearsal
and public discussion following the performance.

-A creative writing enrichment camp for young people.

-A presentation/hands-on workshop by an artist in a local school.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179326

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may be made for $750 - $4,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects may occur between November 1, 2017 through October 31, 2018.

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 that:

-Makes its facilities and programs accessible to people with disabilities;

-Has submitted all required reports on past State Arts Council grants;

-Is in good standing with the NH Secretary of State’s Office and the NH Attorney General’s Office; and

-Has at least a one-year history of arts programming prior to application deadline.

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 NH residents, and have a significant representation of NH residents on their Board, are also eligible.

This grant does not support:
-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.
-Commercially viable "for-profit" publications, recordings, or films.
-Any cost item listed in the glossary under ineligible expenses.
-Organizations that are current Public Value Partnership recipients.
-Projects/activities that are not open to the general public.

Pre-Application Information:

At a minimum, grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis. In-kind contributions may comprise one half of the required match and will also be considered by the reviewers as evidence of support and commitment by the community and/or partner organization. State Arts Council funds may not be matched by other State Arts Council or National Endowment for the Arts funds.

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. When emailing a draft, please clearly indicate Draft for Review in bold type on the submission.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on July 28, 2017.

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

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

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For questions about this grants program, contact:

Cassandra Mason, Grant Coordinator
(603) 271-7926

For questions about the online application system, contact:

Ginnie Lupi, Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire