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Public Value Partnership Grants

Grants to New Hampshire Cultural
Nonprofits for General Operating Support

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

Deadline Date:

04/19/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 per year to New Hampshire nonprofit cultural organizations for unrestricted operational support. Funding is intended to support organizations that provide high-quality and widely accessible arts experiences, services, and activities for residents of the state. Grantees are expected to promote the arts as integral to the local economy by developing and maintaining close relationships with other community-based organizations, businesses, and policymakers.

The creative economy is made up of artists, not-for-profit organizations, and creative businesses that positively impact quality of life in communities, generate jobs and produce revenue for municipalities, cities, and the state. Public Value Partnerships ensure that the arts are available and accessible to all New Hampshire citizens.

The following criteria are used by reviewers to rank applications:
- Quality of arts programming or services
- Administrative capacity
- Response to community and audience/public benefit
- Evaluation and measurable outcomes

For more information about review criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179329

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may be made for up to $15,000 per year for a two-year period.

The request for the first year of the grant period may not exceed 10% of income in the organization's last fiscal year prior to application.

Term of Contract:

Grants may be requested for a two-year period (FY2020-FY2021), for projects occcurring between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations with incorporation in New Hampshire and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service whose primary mission is to produce, present or serve the arts may apply. In addition, applicant organizations must:
-Have been in continuous operation as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization for at least five years prior to application for a Public Value Partnership;
-Have an independent Board of Directors that meets at least quarterly;
-Have a paid, full-time arts administrator;
-Have a long-range plan in place that covers the two-year grant period;
-Be fully in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements;
-Have submitted all required reports on past State Arts Council grants;
-Be in good standing with the State Arts Council and NH Attorney General’s Office.

-Applicant organizations must be physically located in New Hampshire, not just incorporated in the state.
-In general, a college, university, library or school is not eligible for Public Value Partnerships unless its primary mission is the arts and the majority of its arts activities are open to the general public. Independent arts units within an educational institution with separate administrative and program budgets and independent advisory councils, such as some college art galleries, are eligible if the majority of their programming is for the general public.

To allow for broad distribution of public funds, in FY2020 & 2021, nonprofit organizations and/or schools may RECIEVE one grant in the following categories:
- General Project Grants for Community Engagement
- Artist Residencies in Schools for Arts Learning (AIR)
- Youth Arts Projects for Creative Youth Development (YAP)
- Public Value Partnerships.

A fiscal agent may not serve as an applicant for this program. Public Value Partnership awards may not be used for endowments or capital projects.

For a list of ineligible costs, see the glossary:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants workshops were held in February and early-March. FY20 Grant Workshop PowerPoint Presentation Slides can be found in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be completed online by 11:59 PM on April 19, 2019. Notification may take up to 10 weeks after the application deadline.

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.

Applicants must be able to leverage other support and project a cash match, excluding federal and state funds, of at least $10 for each $1 requested from the State Arts Council. In-kind contributions will also be considered by the reviewers as evidence of support and commitment by the community and/or partner organization.

Application Tutorial Video:

Budget Tutorial Video:

Grant Workshop information:


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, contact:

Cassandra Mason, Grant Coordinator
(603) 271-7926

For questions about the online application system, contact Submittable Technical Support:
855-467-8264, ext 2

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire