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 virginia.lupi@dncr.nh.gov or 603-271-8418.

The Percent for Art Program was enacted by the New Hampshire State Legislature in 1979 through RSA 19-A:9 and RSA 19-A:10 and authorizes one half of one percent of the Capital Budget appropriation for new state buildings (or significant renovations) to be set aside in a non-lapsing account for the acquisition or commissioning of artwork.*
 The Percent for Art Program is dedicated to aesthetically enriching our state funded buildings, enhancing the effectiveness of the services provided in state buildings through the art that is displayed there and making the arts more available to our citizens.
 The program takes a unique approach to the acquisition of artwork by creating a Site Selection Committee that engages in a process where planners, architects, state employees, art professionals and private citizens collaborate in the selection, commissioning or purchasing of works of art by artists and craftspeople for state buildings. The themes developed by the committee and the artwork selected often help the agencies housed within the building to better meet their mission.
 This application is for existing artworks only. Please click here for the current RFP and accompanying guidelines. The proposal deadline for this program is June 7, 2019.

The Percent for Art Program was enacted by the New Hampshire State Legislature in 1979 through RSA 19-A:9 and RSA 19-A:10 and authorizes one half of one percent of the Capital Budget appropriation for new state buildings (or significant renovations) to be set aside in a non-lapsing account for the acquisition or commissioning of artwork.*
 The Percent for Art Program is dedicated to aesthetically enriching our state funded buildings, enhancing the effectiveness of the services provided in state buildings through the art that is displayed there and making the arts more available to our citizens.
 The program takes a unique approach to the acquisition of artwork by creating a Site Selection Committee that engages in a process where planners, architects, state employees, art professionals and private citizens collaborate in the selection, commissioning or purchasing of works of art by artists and craftspeople for state buildings. The themes developed by the committee and the artwork selected often help the agencies housed within the building to better meet their mission.
 This application is for site specific commissions only. Please click here for the current RFP and accompanying guidelines. The proposal deadline for this program is June 7, 2019.

This final report form should be used for Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants only.

FY2017 final reports are due no later than 11:59 pm October 31, 2017. Extended to November 3, 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.

 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 May 3, 2019 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 Natural and Cultural Resources 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 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 DNCR 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 June 14, 2019.

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.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts welcomes nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards. The honorary non-cash awards recognize outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in New Hampshire.

Please click here to download the Nomination Guidelines.

Deadline is 11:59 pm Sunday, June 30.

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 5, 2019 (for projects occurring between November 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020).


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 26, 2019 (for projects occurring between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020).

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.

This final report form should be used for all State Arts Council grants except Public Value Partnerships, Traditional Arts Apprenticeships and Artist Entrepreneurial Grants.

Final reports are due no later than 30 days after the end of the State Fiscal Year (June 30) in which the grant was awarded. FY2019 final reports are due no later than 11:59 pm October 31, 2019.

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.

FY2018/2019 Final Reports are due no later than 11:59 pm October 31, 2019

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.

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts