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Arts in Health Project Grants

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits for Arts
Activities in Health Care and Senior Facilities

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

Deadline Date:

05/17/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $4,500 to New Hampshire health-based nonprofits, correctional facilities, and arts organizations for arts activities. Funding is intended to benefit underserved populations, the elderly, people in recovery, people with disabilities, and people with mental health or other health challenges. The goal of the grant is to utilize the arts to enhance quality of life and promote an environment conducive to healing for patients, residents, staff and/or clients.

Arts in Health Project grants support participatory arts activities, creative aging and artist residencies that occur in health-based facilities. Applicants are encouraged to:
-Include New Hampshire artists with appropriate training and background for this work and compensate them for their work. The State Arts Council maintains a juried directory of artists trained to work in health care settings.
-Include more than one arts program while the artist is in the facility (e.g. multiple performances; and/or a variety of programs, including performances, demonstrations, workshops, and classes).
-Include a professional development opportunity for staff.
-Have plans to sustain arts programming for the benefit of the population served.
-Include meaningful, participatory and engaging arts programs and experiences.

Sample Projects:
-A substance misuse treatment center offers a series of workshops presented by professional artist(s) for its participants in art forms such as painting, singing, storytelling, poetry and/or memoir writing.
-A professional artist works with patients, caregivers and staff to create a mural or weaving to be installed in a public area of the facility.
-A theater company or artist works with an organization serving seniors to produce a theater piece on issues facing seniors (i.e. fear of falling, loss of senses/mobility, depression) that is presented in nursing homes or senior centers around the state.
-An arts organization partners with a hospital, rehabilitation/recovery center, or hospice program to offer multi-day arts programs for staff, patient/client/resident and families resulting in an exhibition, publication, film, or performance of their work.
-A dancer/dance company offers an adaptive dance program in a rehabilitation center or long term care facility for residents/patients and staff.
-A senior center and school co-sponsor an intergenerational project involving oral histories, writing, and visual arts workshops where seniors and students tell, write, and illustrate stories. The residency culminates with publication of a book, public readings, and/or an exhibit at the senior center and school.
-An organization provides an interactive arts program to stimulate memory and cognitive awareness for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Note: A professional artist is defined as an individual who devotes a majority of his or her time to practicing, performing, and/or teaching an arts discipline and who receives payment for work in that discipline.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179331

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Projects may occur between between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible to apply:
- Health-based organizations that have a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status from the IRS and nonprofit incorporation in the State of New Hampshire. This may include hospitals, rehabilitation/recovery centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, adult day centers, senior centers, veterans’ homes, or hospice/grief programs.
- State and county correctional facilities that include creative experiences as part of their substance misuse rehabilitative programs.
- Arts organizations with at least one year of arts programming experience seeking to deliver arts-based programs to a health based facility (physical/behavioral).

All applicants must:
-Make their programs accessible to people with disabilities;
-Have submitted all required reports on past State Arts Council grants; and
-Be in good standing with the N.H. Secretary of State’s Office and the N.H. Attorney General’s Office.

Note: Public Value Partnership Grant recipients receiving general operating support may apply for Arts in Health Project grants. However, only expenses for direct project costs, not to include staff time, may be included in the budget.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:

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 submitted by 11:59 PM EST on May 17, 2019.

The 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. Cash match can include the percentage of time applied to the project by salaried employees of the organization (staff and administrators). When applicants provide materials and equipment needed for the project, 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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment and discuss their applications with the Arts Education Coordinator before writing and submitting applications. Drafts of narrative questions may be reviewed if submitted by email at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline. When emailing a draft, please clearly indicate Draft for Review in bold type on the submission.

Arts in Health Tutorial (video):

Budget Tutorial:

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 the grant program, contact:

Lisa Burk-McCoy, Program Coordinator

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