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.


New Hampshire Poet Laureate (5-Year Term) Nomination Form

The NH Poet Laureate (NHPL) selection is coordinated by the Poetry Society of NH and NH State Council on the Arts.  

The NHPL is an honorary 5-year position held by an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the field of poetry. The term starts in March 2019. Although there are no specified duties, the NHPL is an ambassador for all poets in NH and works to heighten the visibility and value of poetry in our state. This individual will join a rich tradition of NH Poets Laureate working hard to celebrate and foster poetry in NH. 

Thanks to The Walter Butts’ New Hampshire Poet Laureate Endowment Fund, the NHPL receives an honorarium of $500 per year (for 5-year term) to help achieve their mission. In addition, the NHPL's receive a lifetime membership in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. 

NHPL is required to submit a report of completed activities at the end of the 5-year term to the coordinating committee. 

To be eligible for the NH Poet Laureate position:

  • An individual must be a resident of New Hampshire
  • Individual must have published at least one full-length book of poetry 
  • Self nominations are accepted 
  • 3 hard copies of Poet’s book mailed to NHSCA (books will not be returned but may be picked up at NHSCA after announcement)
  • Submission indicates candidate's willingness to serve in this position
  • Preferably be available for the formal announcement of NH Poet Laureate in April 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.

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.

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 6, 2018 (for projects occurring between November 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019).

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 27, 2018 (for projects occurring between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019).

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 and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships.

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. 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.

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.

This Interim Report form should be used by all Public Value Partnership grantees.

FY2018 Interim Reports are due no later than 11:59 pm July 31, 2018.

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.