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Individual Artists

Artist Entrepreneurial Grants

We regret we are unable to offer Artist Entrepreneurial grants in FY2015, owing to insufficient resources. We hope to reinstate this category in FY2016. A determination on our ability to fund this grant category will be posted by January, 2015.

Until then, we will continue to address the professional development needs of emerging and professional artists through Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops.

The guidelines below are from FY2013 and are here for reference only.
For questions, please contact:

Grant Coordinator: Cassandra Mason
(603) 271-7926

These FY 2013 Grant Guidelines are valid for fiscal year July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

Recognizing that artist entrepreneurs contribute significantly to New Hampshire’s economy, this grant category supports opportunities that will increase the capacity of professional artists, including the development of business skills needed to support their art making, participation in programs intended to raise the level and quality of their art making, and participation in programs that will bring their art to the widest possible markets.  This grant supports a wide variety of projects, such as:

  • attendance at workshops, conferences, or non-degree granting classes to increase business and/or artistic skills (e.g., marketing, developing a business plan, pricing visual artworks, legal issues, financial management, evaluating and working with literary agents, and master classes for performers or craftspeople);
  • attendance at showcases to introduce arts presenters to their work; and
  • the development of promotional marketing materials, including websites, digital portfolios, and printed materials. Promotional materials must be not for profit: see ineligible costs.

Maximum Grant Request
Requests may be made for $250 - $1,000.

Funding Disclaimer: All grant categories and amounts are subject to change, depending upon availability of state and federal funds for any fiscal year.

Required Match
The artist’s time in arranging for public engagement presentations is considered match for this grant category.

Who May Apply?
Professional New Hampshire artists, defined as: Individuals who devote a majority of their time to practicing, performing, and/or teaching an arts discipline and who received payment for their work in that discipline, and who also:

  • are at least 18 years old;
  • have been legal residents of New Hampshire for a minimum of two years and are still residents at the time the grant is awarded. Exception: previously juried N.H. Roster Artists who live within 10 miles of the border and can demonstrate that over 50 percent of their work is for N.H. audiences are also eligible.

Who May NOT Apply

  • Current undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Artist Fellowship recipients for the fiscal year their Fellowship was awarded.
  • Artists who already have received an Artist Entrepreneurial Grant in the current fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
  • Artists who have received three successive grants (must take one fiscal year off).

This grant does not support:

  • The creation of new work.
  • The purchase of equipment.
  • Costs associated with producing a music recording (CD or DVD) or the publication of a book.
  • Costs for framing artwork.
  • Financial aid to individuals to pursue degree-granting opportunities.
  • Previously incurred debts or deficits.
  • Travel costs that exceed current state per diems.
  • The presentation (e.g., exhibit) of artwork in a non-public venue.
  • Costs associated with international travel.
  • Research projects.
  • Retreats.

Sample Projects

  • Attendance at a professional conference.
  • Participation in a master class to advance an artist’s work to a higher professional level.
  • Participation in a performing artists’ showcase at a national or regional conference for performing arts presenters.
  • Contract with a consultant to develop a business plan.
  • Contract with a website or graphic designer to improve an artist’s marketing efforts.

Application Review Process
A panel with expertise in the focus area of the grant category meets to review and rank applications according to the funding criteria listed. Whenever possible, a State Arts Councilor facilitates the meeting. After discussion and review of work samples submitted, applications are ranked by the panel. Funding recommendations are forwarded to the State Arts Council for review and approval. If the applicant's cumulative total of grants received from the State Arts Council for that fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) is $2,500 or more, the grant recommendation must also be submitted to the Governor and Executive Council for approval.

Funding Criteria
The following criteria, as relevant to the project, are used by reviewers to rank applications for this grant category:

  • Clarity of proposal.
  • Quality of the professional development activity.
  • Potential for increasing the artist's business or artistic skills.
  • Potential for advancing the artist’s career.
  • Realistic project budget.
  • Quality of contracted consultants, if applicable.

How to Apply
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Council's grant information sessions and to discuss their proposals with the appropriate grant coordinator, noted above, responsible for administering the grant before writing their applications. Applicants should also review the legal and reporting requirements relevant to State Arts Council grants.

Draft applications may be reviewed if submitted at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline. First time applicants are especially encouraged to submit draft copies.

When sending in a draft, please clearly indicate DRAFT FOR REVIEW in BOLD letters on your submission.

Submitting the application:

Errors and omissions may affect a panel’s evaluation of your application, so please prepare your application carefully and follow instructions.

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Narrative Questions
The total narrative portion of the application should not exceed three typed pages. Margins (not less than 1 inch), fonts (not smaller than 12 point), and spacing should provide easy reading for the panelists. Please respond to the following questions in the order in which they appear.

1. What percentage of your income for the previous calendar year came directly from your artwork? Are you employed either part-time or full-time in a position that is NOT related to your work as an artist?

2. Briefly describe the project for which you are seeking funds.

3. Describe how this project will advance your business or artistic skills and your career.

4. If you plan to contract with a web site designer, answer the following:

  • What is the name and what are the credentials of proposed web designer? (attach resume or background on designer, price quote for work to be accomplished, and printouts from at least two web sites produced by the designer)
  • How will this web site fit in with your overall marketing and promotion plan?
  • What is the plan for the maintenance and updating of the web site?
  • What is the plan for making the web site accessible? (according to standard web practices that adhere to ADA)

Required Support Materials
Six sets (original plus five copies):

  • Applicant’s summary resume (no more than two pages including an artist’s statement)
  • Descriptive material on the conference, workshop, or other professional development opportunity requested.
  • For marketing materials, resume or background on designer, price quote for work to be accomplished, and samples of two products.

One copy of:

  • Applicant’s work sample (i.e., CDs, DVDs, manuscript pages) for artists. See Preparation of Work Samples for instructions on preparing work samples/support materials.

How to Prepare the Application Package

1. Fill out and sign the original application & budget form and make five copies.
2. Complete and make five copies of the answers to the narrative questions.
3. Collate the signed application form and copies to result in six sets. Each set should contain the following items arranged in the order in which they are listed:

1) the signed application form (the original application should be with the first set)
2) responses to narrative questions
3) applicant’s summary resume
4) descriptive material on the conference, workshop, or other professional development opportunity requested
5) for marketing materials, resume or background on designer, price quote for work to be accomplished, and samples of two products

4. Include with the first set the work samples of artist.
5. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for any materials that need to be returned.
6. Please do not use binders, folders or protector sheets for the six separate sets of materials. Staples or clips are acceptable.  It is helpful if you use post-it notes or label the application cover sheets to indicate original, set 1, 2, 3, etc. A separate, large envelope may be used to contain the collated supporting materials, if applicable.
7. Make one copy of everything for your files!
8. Put everything together in one package, putting the set with the application form with original signature on top. Mail or hand-deliver to N.H. State Council on the Arts, 19 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Why all these copies?
The original is for the State Arts Council files. Additional copies are for the panelists who will review your application prior to discussion at the panel meeting.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the N.H. State Council on the Arts office at 19 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date listed above.

Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office is closed all state and most federal holidays. Late applications will not be accepted. The Council cannot accept applications transmitted by facsimile (FAX) or e-mail and is not responsible for applications lost in transit. Errors and omissions may affect a panel’s evaluation of your application, so please prepare your application carefully and follow instructions.

Applicants will be notified within approximately 10 weeks of the application deadline.

The NHSCA disburses funds appropriated from public sources, both federal and state. Checks are issued by Administrative Services of the State of N.H., not the Department of Cultural Resources or the State Arts Council. Upon receipt of properly executed grant forms, the State of New Hampshire generally pays grants under $2,500 to grantees within four to six weeks. If an individual is awarded a cumulative total of $2,500 or more from the State Arts Council during a fiscal year, the grant recommendation must also be submitted for approval by the Governor and Executive Council; consequently payment can take up to 10 weeks. All awards are subject to availability of state and federal funds. Therefore, we ask grantees to plan cash flow accordingly.

Note: If you are selected to receive grant funding, you will be asked to provide a copy of your New Hampshire driver’s license or another form of proof of residency. Grant recipients are responsible for all applicable federal taxes. We urge that you keep all receipts and other appropriate records for tax filing purposes.

IMPORTANT: All grant agreements for must be completed and returned within 60 days of award notification. Failure to return the grant agreement within that timeframe could result in cancellation of the grant and reallocation of funds.

Payment of a grant will be withheld if the final reports for previous grants are not in compliance with policy below.

Grant Period & Reporting Requirements
The grant period is July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. A final report is due 30 days after the completion of your project, but no later than September 30, 2013.

Failure to submit the final report by the required date will result in the applicant becoming ineligible to apply for NHSCA funding for two years. Additionally, failure to submit the final report may result in a withholding of funds from any currently awarded NHSCA grant.

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Last updated: February 24, 2014

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