Grants and opportunities from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts are a public investment in the cultural life of our state. Each competitive grant and opportunity category is designed to meet an important purpose and need, and aligns with our current Strategic Plan.

Before applying for a grant or opportunity, it is very important to learn about the requirements and obligations of a grantee and read over the guidelines carefully. Click here for a list of Grant Basics, where you'll find information on how the grant application process works, grantee responsibilities, a glossary of grant terms, frequently asked questions, information on grants workshops, some grant writing tips, as well as information on setting up a nonprofit organization.

Arts grants and opportunities impact our communities in many ways, helping to promote a lively economy and enhance the quality of life in communities. To learn about previously funded arts grants and the impact they have in New Hampshire, please click here.

Please click here for a complete listing of current grant and opportunity categories and links to guidelines.

Questions about the online application system should be directed to Ginnie Lupi at ginnie.lupi@dcr.nh.gov or 603-271-8418.

Artist Residencies in Schools (AIR) grants provide partial funding to bring juried teaching artists into classrooms and public schools to support creative learning and skills development in the arts. AIR grants funded by the State Arts Council are intended to show best practice for this work and can support residencies in variety of arts disciplines.

Full guidelines and downloadable budget forms for this program are available here

The application deadline for this program is 11:59 pm Friday April 7, 2017 (for projects occurring between July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. 

Youth Project Grants fund high-quality arts and cultural programs that encourage creativity, develop new arts skills and foster success for young people beyond the normal school day. Opportunities to experience and engage in the arts, such as music, dance, theater, visual arts, crafts, photography and creative writing, may be limited in classrooms. This grant therefore provides funding for artists to work directly with young people after regular school hours, in the summer or on weekends, in or outside of school. The overall goal of this grant category is to afford all young people opportunities to engage in the arts so they can develop creative problem solving skills, positive forms of personal expression, and become more engaged in their communities through the arts.

To foster deeper connections with community, applicants are encouraged to establish partnerships between schools, arts organizations and community organizations that provide high quality arts learning experiences for youth in underserved communities throughout the state. For the purposes of this grant category, an underserved community is considered one in which individuals lack regular access to arts programs due to economic conditions, cultural, ethnic or geographic isolation, or physical or mental disabilities.

Full guidelines and downloadable budget forms for this program are available here

The application deadline for this program is 11:59 pm Friday April 14, 2017 (for projects occurring between August 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018).

These Grant Guidelines are valid for the two-year grant period July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm Friday April 21, 2017 for both years.

Public Value Partnerships for general operating support of not-for-profit cultural organizations are an investment in the cultural infrastructure and creative economy of New Hampshire. 

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.

A limited number of competitive and matching grants will be awarded to not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations that demonstrate excellence in planning, administration and programming. Grantees are expected to provide high quality and broadly accessible arts experiences, activities and services for New Hampshire citizens. They are also expected to promote the arts as integral to the local economy by developing and maintaining close relationships with other community-based organizations and businesses and policy makers.

Full guidelines and a downloadable budget form for this program are available here

The application deadline for this program is 11:59 pm Friday April 21, 2017.

IMPORTANT: Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent to Apply on official letterhead, to the grant coordinator (by email or hard copy) prior to March 24, 2017 in order for the applicant to be eligible to submit a full grant application. Please click here for instructions.   

Revenues generated by New Hampshire’s Conservation License Plates, often called “Moose Plates,” help to promote, conserve and protect New Hampshire's natural, cultural, and historic resources. Since 2001, the Conservation License Plate program has contributed to the success of many important projects around New Hampshire, helping to preserve the historic character of our state.

The NH Department of Cultural Resources (DCR) receives a percentage of the funds raised from the sales of Conservation License Plates. These funds are directed back into communities through grant programs facilitated by the Department’s three Divisions. Interested applicants should apply for funding from the Division whose criteria and eligibility requirements best match their project activities. 

ARTS Conservation License Plate grants fund the conservation of publicly owned artworks, artistic elements of publicly owned facilities that serve as sites for arts programming, projects that improve public access to historically significant artwork, and projects that make historic cultural facilities and the arts programming that takes place in them more accessible to the public. 

Please click here for detailed guidelines.

Please note that this application is for Arts Council grants only. Guidelines for the other DCR Divisions can be found at:

  • New Hampshire State Library www.nh.gov/nhsl - for the conservation of historic documents
  • New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources  http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr - for the conservation of historic artifacts and properties

The application deadline for this program is 11:59 PM Friday May 12, 2017.

Each year artists interested in schools and communities may apply to be included in the New Hampshire Arts Education (AE) Roster of Teaching Artists. Applications are reviewed by a panel for artistic quality and the ability of the artist to share his or her artistic process with others in educational settings. The Roster is published online on the Arts Council's website at www.NH.gov/NHArts.

The guidelines and recommendation form for this program can be found here.

The deadline for this application is 11:59 pm Friday, May 5, 2017.

The Arts in Health Artist Directory is a resource for health providers looking for artists who are experienced and skilled in working in a variety of health facilities. Performing, literary, media and visual artists are eligible to apply.

To be considered for the Arts in Health (AIH) Directory, artists must:

  • Have the skills and experience needed to plan and present effective and relevant arts programs in and for health facilities.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with health care professionals and people of all ages, including those who are undergoing medical care.
Guidelines for this program can be found here.

Deadline is rolling.
Ends on July 7, 2017

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants help to communities to preserve their cultural heritage through traditional crafts, music, and dance so that future generations can continue to benefit from them. Apprenticeship grants fund a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions over a period of six to ten months. Master Artists are recognized for their artistic excellence and commitment to preserving their community’s heritage. Traditional arts are an important part of our living cultural heritage. They represent a sense of beauty, skills, knowledge, and community values refined over generations.

Full guidelines and downloadable budget/meeting plan forms for this program can be found here.

The application deadline for this program is 11:59 PM Friday July 7, 2017 (for projects occurring between November 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018).

Communities benefit from a lively arts and cultural sector both socially and economically. General Project Grants for Community Engagement are designed to help not-for-profit organizations, Main Street Programs, municipalities, and schools bring arts presentations and activities into communities to enhance the quality of life for citizens, attract visitors, and help stimulate local economies through the arts. This competitive and matching grant category supports a wide range of activities.

Full guidelines and downloadable budget forms for this program are available here.

The deadline for this application is 11:59 pm Friday, July 28, 2017 (for projects occurring between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018).

Arts in Health grants support arts activities, presentations, and artist residencies that occur in health care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and in centers serving the needs of the elderly. The overall goal of this grant category is to utilize the arts to enhance the quality of life and promote an environment conducive to healing for patients, residents, and/or clients. This grant category is in response to the Arts Council’s commitment to meeting the needs of underserved populations, which can include people with addictions, seniors, people with disabilities, and people with mental health challenges.

Full guidelines and downloadable budget forms for this program are available here.

The deadline for this application is 11:59 pm Friday, May 19, 2017 (for projects occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018).

The Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing is a directory of traditional artists, community scholars, and folklorists who are available for performances, demonstrations, workshops, and other community-based presentations in New Hampshire. The Traditional Arts and Folklife Listing is a resource for arts organizations, museums, community groups, schools, and other groups that want to include traditional arts and artists in their programs and for artists who wish to present their traditions in community settings. The Listing provides information about the artist, their traditional art form, and types of presentations offered. 

Full application guidelines can be found here.

Applications for this Listing are reviewed on a rolling basis.

FY2016/2017 Final Reports are due no later than 11:59 pm July 31, 2017.

Extensions may be requested for up to 90 days. Requests must be submitted in writing to the appropriate grant program coordinator before the deadline for filing has passed. Failure to submit this report by the original or extended due date will make your organization ineligible to apply for any type of State Arts Council grant for two years from the due date of report.