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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:

05/14/21 11:59 PM EST


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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 should 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 also 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:

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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:

A two-year period (FY2022 and FY2023): Projects occurring between July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023.

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 and equitable distribution of public funds, organizations may receive ONE grant in the following categories:
An exception to this restriction may be made for organizations acting as a fiscal agent; please contact the coordinator for approval prior to applying.
- Arts for Community Engagement (ACE)
- Youth Arts Projects for Creative Youth Development (YAP)
- Folklife and Traditional Arts Project Grant
- 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-Application Information:

Applications must be completed online by 11:59 pm on May 14, 2021. 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. Notification may take up to 10 weeks after the application deadline.

The grant program coordinator will review and provide feedback on drafts of narrative questions and budgets 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.

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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.

New applicants:

Currently funded applicants:

For questions about this grant program, contact:
Cassandra Mason, Grants Officer
(603) 271-7926

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

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