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Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofit and For-Profit Arts Venues for COVID-19 Recovery

Save Our Granite Stages (SOGS)


GrantWatch ID# 202346
Agency: State

Funding Source
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Hampshire

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/11/23
Deadline: 01/27/23 11:59 PM

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit and for-profit small entertainment venues for Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts. Funding is intended to compensate for revenue losses sustained as a result of issues such as closures, decreased ticket sales, increased safety measures, and staffing shortages at performing arts venues.

Save Our Granite Stages (SOGS) Round 2 will provide grants to nonprofit and for-profit New Hampshire performing arts venues that seat 1500 or less and performing arts production entities that produce in such venues. Venues and production entities that received initial Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) are also eligible. This funding category recognizes that the Granite State’s performing arts venues are among the hardest hit businesses in the COVID-19 pandemic. These cultural hubs are critical to local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. 

Venues and production entities may apply for unrestricted operating support in the amount of up to 70% of the organization’s COVID-19-related earned revenue losses from March 3, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (as compared to the same period in 2019) that were not covered by other state or federal funding disbursed in 2021.

Revenue losses may be related to the following:

  • Reduced ticket sales and venue rentals due to pandemic-related closures, artist/show cancellations, social distancing, and audience reluctance
  • Increased personnel costs due to staffing shortages, resulting in overtime for existing staff
  • Increased facilities costs, including capital costs to upgrade venue ventilation systems, installation of hands-free restroom devices, repairs due to long-term venue closure, etc.
  • Increased health and safety costs, including PPE, cleaning, etc.
  • Increased marketing and promotion costs due to rescheduled and/or cancelled performances and/or campaigns to encourage audiences to return


Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Save Our Granite Stages (SOGS) Round 2 will provide grants to nonprofit and for-profit New Hampshire performing arts venues that seat 1500 or less and performing arts production entities that produce in such venues. Venues and production entities that received initial Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) are also eligible.

Eligibility requirements:
- Entities must not have received a previous Save Our Granite Stages grant;
- Entities must not have received supplemental grants from the federal SVOG program;
- Entities must not be majority-owned or controlled by a publicly traded corporation;
- Entities must meet one of the two following definitions:
o “Performing arts venue,” which is defined as a nonprofit or for-profit facility that is primarily engaged in hosting live theatrical presentations, musical, or other arts/cultural events that are seated, ticketed and open to the public; or
o “Performing arts production entity,” which is defined as a nonprofit or for-profit business that is primarily engaged in the production of performing arts in such venues.
- Entities that are venues must have a seating capacity of 1500 or less;
- Entities must be in good standing with the NH Secretary of State;
- Entities must have an independent Board of Directors that meets at least quarterly (nonprofits only);
- Entities must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number with the federal government (we cannot disburse funds without a UEI);
- Entities must be in compliance with any applicable Americans with Disabilities Act requirements;
- Entities must have submitted all required reports on past State Arts Council grants (if applicable); and
- Entities must be in good standing with the State Arts Council (if applicable)

First-time applicants are encouraged to apply.

Ineligible
Restrictions
- Applicant entities must be incorporated and physically located in New Hampshire
- Individuals and religious organizations are not eligible

Grant awards may not be used for:
- Costs prior to March 3, 2021
- Previously incurred debts or deficits
- Overlapping costs with any other pending or approved applications(s) for state or federal funding and/or approved state or federal awards
- Competitive regranting
- Travel (both foreign and domestic)
- Funding of new positions, whether temporary or permanent
- New or special projects or programs or programming costs
- Costs related to home offices
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view, advocacy of a particular program of social or political action, support of specific public policies or legislation, or other lobbying

Pre-Proposal Conference
Register for a live Zoom workshop to review the guidelines and application process. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Wednesday, December 14, 1 - 2 PM:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuceytpzMpHdTWDDMFqHWsWukXp2dwjhs9

Wednesday, January 11, 3 - 4 PM:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItfu-uqTwtHNWWbY1ARvMhEKjAl4VAoz3I

Pre-Application Information
Deadline Friday January 27, 2023
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM

Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The office is closed all state and most federal holidays. Late applications will not be accepted. The Council cannot accept applications transmitted by e-mail and is not responsible for incomplete online applications.

No formal announcement regarding a funding decision and/or grant amount will be sent to any applicant until after the Council meeting. At that time applicants will receive official notification of the Council’s action. This notification may take up to eight weeks after the application deadline.

Application Information: https://nharts.submittable.com/submit/219729/save-our-granite-stages-round-2

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum grant in this category is $25,000, and awards are subject to a pro rata share of the available funding.

Term of Contract
- For COVID-19-related earned revenue losses from March 3, 2021 – December 31, 2021
- This ARPA grant is a one-time, temporary funding opportunity.

Contact Information
Application: https://nharts.submittable.com/signup?returnUrl=%2fsubmit%2f219729%2fsave-our-granite-stages-round-2

Cassandra Mason:
Cassandra.a.mason@dncr.nh.gov
603-271-7926.

If you have a question about eligibility, please contact NHSCA Director Ginnie Lupi:
Virginia.A.Lupi@dncr.nh.gov
(603) 271-8418

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