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Youth Arts Project (YAP) Grants

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Schools, and School
Districts for After-Hours Youth Arts and Cultural Programs

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

Deadline Date:

04/12/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, schools, and school districts to support high-quality arts and cultural activities for local youth. Funding is intended for educational programming outside regular school hours, in the summer or on weekends, in or outside of the school, which helps to develop critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

The overall goal of this grant category is to afford all young people opportunities to engage in the arts so that they can develop creative problem solving skills, positive forms of personal expression, and become more engaged in their communities through the arts. The grant supports deeper learning of arts competencies, STEAM projects, and interdisciplinary arts integration, and can be used to fund residencies in all arts disciplines including dance, theater, media, music, visual arts, craft, and creative writing.

Applicants are encouraged to:
- Foster deep connections within the community by establishing partnerships and
collaborations between organizations, artists, youth, and schools.
- Work with New Hampshire artists as teachers and mentors. The NH Arts Education Roster is a resource for finding juried artists who have worked in education.
- Design the program with input from the youth who will benefit from the project.
- Incorporate competencies from the National Core Arts Standards or district identified Arts competencies.
- Develop projects with arts integrated approaches to interdisciplinary studies that include other subjects, such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), history, and social studies.
- Identify arts disciplines that youth have limited access to and develop programs that broaden access or deepen instruction.

The following criteria are used by peer reviewers to rank applications:
- Quality of Arts Programming
- Administrative Capacity
- Access
- Outreach, Evaluation, Documentation.

For additional information about funding criteria see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179328

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Projects occurring between July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply: Nonprofit organizations with incorporation in New Hampshire and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, schools, school districts or SAUs, who also meet the following conditions:
-Make all their programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities
-Have submitted all required reports on past NH State Council on the Arts grants
-In good standing with the NH Secretary of State’s Office and the NH Attorney General’s Office

In order to provide broad and fair distribution of grant funds, organizations and/or schools may receive one grant in the following categories:
-Artist in Residence Grant (AIR)
-General Project Grants for Community Engagement
-Public Value Partnerships (Operating Grants)
-Youth Arts Project Grant (YAP)

This grant does not support:
-General operating expenses not directly related to the project.
-Any cost item listed in the Glossary under ineligible expenses.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant workshops were held in February and early March. To see the FY20 Grant Workshop PowerPoint Presentation Slides, go to Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be completed online by 11:59 pm on April 12, 2019.

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. NEW for FY20! 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. When applicants provide materials and equipment needed for the program, 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.

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.

Budget Tutorial (video):

Online Application System Tutorial:

NH Arts Education Roster:

Ineligible expenses:

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 this grant program, please contact:

Julianne Gadoury, Grant Coordinator

For questions about the online application system at Submittable, please contact:

Submittable Technical Support
855-467-8264, ext 2

For accessibility accommodation requests including alternate formats please contact Cassandra Mason

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire