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Individual Artists: Grants & Opportunities

The State Arts Council recognizes that individual artists are at the core of our creative communities and economy. The competitive grants and other opportunities listed in this portal are designed to help meet the professional development, business, and artistic needs of individual artists. 

FY2015 grants categories and services reflect the State Arts Council’s ongoing need to consolidate some categories and suspend others. These measures are in response to fiscal and staff constraints and the need to be more efficient with public funds.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants – Grants to assist in the preservation of traditional/heritage-based arts (crafts, dance and music) by funding a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions.

Percent for Art Purchases & Commissions – The Percent for Art Program was enacted by the New Hampshire State Legislature in 1979 through RSA 19-A:9, and authorizes half of one percent of the capitol budget appropriation for new buildings or significant renovations be set aside in a non-lapsing account for the acquisition or commissioning of artwork. As Percent for Art projects are identified, the State Arts Council announces opportunities for visual and craft artists, working individually or collaboratively, to present proposals for consideration. Announcements are available from our home page and here.

We regret we are unable to offer Artist Entrepreneurial grants and Individual Artist Fellowships in FY2015, owing to insufficient resources. We hope to reinstate one or both categories in FY2016.

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

Links to guidelines below are for reference only.

Artist Entrepreneurial Grants - Provide grants for professional New Hampshire artists to advance their careers through professional development opportunities, such as attendance at workshops or conferences that will increase their capacity as small businesses and artists; or marketing assistance through the use of websites or promotional materials.

Individual Artist Fellowship Awards – Awards to acknowledge artistic excellence, professional commitment, and significance within the art form.

Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops - The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts offers free workshops for professional artists to help them enhance their business skills, promote their work, and network with other artists.

Arts in Health Care Artist Directory – A directory of professional artists juried for their artistic excellence and particular training and/or experience working in health care settings to improve the quality of life and health of residents and patients.

Arts in Education Artist Roster - A roster of professional artists juried for their artistic excellence and ability to work in schools and communities. Inclusion on the roster makes artists eligible for other State Arts Council opportunities such as special training for teaching artists and grant subsidies for artist fees charged to presenters.

Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing – A listing of traditional artists, cultural specialists and folklorists juried for artistic excellence, knowledge of the tradition he or she represents and skilled presenting and demonstrating in public settings.




Last updated: April 15, 2014

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