NHSCA Public Value Partnership Grants

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

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Deadline: Apr 28, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: New Hampshire

Location of residency: New Hampshire


New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA) is a Division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Our enabling legislation charges us to ensure that the arts play a significant role in the welfare of people in the Granite State. Our mission is to promote the arts to protect and enrich New Hampshire’s unique quality of life.

The State Arts Council provides a wide variety of services, competitive grants, and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, schools, health care facilities and to individual artists, helping to ensure that the arts thrive in New Hampshire and are accessible to all. Funding for our grants and services is provided by the New Hampshire Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Public Value Partnerships

Public Value Partnerships provides grants for general operating support of nonprofit cultural organizations and 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 nonprofit 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.

Requests are for unrestricted operational funds and may be made for a two-year period.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


    • Nonprofit organizations with incorporation in New Hampshire and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service whose primary mission is to produce, present or serve the arts. In addition, applicant organizations must:
      • Have been in continuous operation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization for at least five years prior to application for a Public Value Partnership;
      • Have an independent Board of Directors or Advisory Board that meets at least quarterly;
      • Have a paid, full-time arts administrator;
      • Have a long-range plan in place that covers the two-year grant period;
      • Be fully in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements;
      • Have submitted all required reports on past State Arts Council grants;
      • Be in good standing with the State Arts Council and NH Attorney General’s Office.


  • To allow for broad and equitable distribution of public funds, organizations and/or schools may receive ONE grant in the following categories. An exception to this restriction may be made for organizations acting as a fiscal agent; please contact the coordinator for approval prior to applying.
    • Arts for Community Engagement Grant (ACE)
    • Folklife and Traditional Arts Project Grant
    • Public Value Partnership
    • Youth Arts Project Grant (YAP)
  • Applicant organizations must be physically located in New Hampshire, not just incorporated in the state.
  • Grant awards may not be used for projects/activities that are not open to the general public.
  • Grant awards may not be used for projects already receiving funds from another State Arts Council grant category.
  • Grant awards may not be used for lobbying or fundraising expenses.
  • Grant awards may not be used for endowments or capital projects.
  • Grant awards may not be used for previously incurred debts or deficits.
  • In general, a college, university, library or school is not eligible for Public Value Partnerships unless its primary mission is the arts and the majority of its arts activities are open to the general public. Independent arts units within an educational institution with separate administrative and program budgets and independent advisory councils, such as some college art galleries, are eligible if the majority of their programming is for the general public.
  • A fiscal agent may not serve as an applicant for this program.

This page was last reviewed May 01, 2023 and last updated May 01, 2023