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Grants

Grant Basics

Glossary of Terms

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Applicant Cash: funds that the applicant plans to provide toward the activities proposed in the grant. Funds may be from present or anticipated resources.

Artists Participating: the total number of artists directly involved in providing art or artistic services specifically identified with the project or organization. Include living artists whose work is represented in an exhibition regardless of whether the work was provided by the artist or an institution.

Authorized Official: the person with the legal authority to obligate the organization in a contractual relationship with the State Arts Council. Characteristically, this is the Executive Director or President of the board of directors.

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Community Arts Organization: an organization or local government agency based in and serving a particular limited geographic area within the state (such as one city or a rural area including several small towns) that promotes, serves, produces, and/or presents the arts on a regular basis for people living in that geographic area. Community Arts Organizations generally share a common goal of supporting diverse art forms in their local community and making them accessible to the entire community.

Contracted Services Revenue: fees paid for the sale of services provided by the applicant to other community organizations, government agencies, businesses, etc.

Contributed Support: unearned income such as grants, cash donations from individuals and businesses, etc.

Cultural Facility: the physical structure where arts activities (e. g., exhibitions, performances, literary readings, film/video viewings) regularly take place.

Cultural group or community: any group of people who share a common heritage or identity (ethnicity, religion, family, occupation, geographic region, language, age, gender).

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Discipline: another word to describe a category of art form, e.g., Visual Arts is the discipline that includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, etc.

DUNS Number: Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number-a unique nine digit identification number, for each physical location of your organization. Every organization applying for funding must have a DUNS Number.

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Fiscal Agent: an eligible, tax-exempt organization through which nonprofit organizations or coalitions of individuals, who do not have tax-exempt status through the IRS, may apply. The eligible organization becomes the legal applicant of record, redistributes funds to the group actually carrying out the project, and becomes responsible for seeing that all required documents are filed with the Council. Anyone considering using a fiscal agent should contact the appropriate program coordinator.

Fiscal Year (FY): the year-long period representing the organization's accounting period. The State of New Hampshire fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Folk Arts: An art form passed down from one generation to the next within families and communities. Folk arts are most often learned informally within a community or family. In folk arts, the sense of what is beautiful, meaningful, and well done is defined by the community from which the tradition emerges.

Full-time Personnel: the total number of persons employed 35 or more hours per week on work specifically identified with the arts activities to be funded by a grant.

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General Support: funds that can be used for an organization's year-round administrative and programming functions.

Government Support - Local: cash support derived from grants or appropriations by city, county, and other local government agencies.

Grant Agreement: the legal contract between the State of New Hampshire and the grantee that specifies the conditions under which Council funds may be spent, (e.g., the requirements to acknowledge State Arts Council funding and submit a Final Report.)

Grant Period: the time during which grants may be used to fund the arts activities specified in the application.

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Individuals to Benefit: the total audience, participants, students, etc. (excluding employees or paid performers) that are expected to benefit directly from the arts activity. Estimates are acceptable for broadcast audiences or large public events such as festivals in parks.

Ineligible Costs: The following costs are not eligible for funding and should not be included in the application’s budget:

  • previously incurred debts or deficits;
  • lobbying or fundraising expenses;
  • non-consumable equipment;
  • endowments, fellowships, scholarships, academic research financial aid to individual or degree grant opportunities;
  • capital projects;
  • funding of a new, permanent position or replacement of lost funding for existing staff;
  • contracted services of an organization's staff or board member;
  • regularly contracted services such as a grant writer, accountant, attorney advertising firm or district curriculum supervisor;
  • revenue producing activities or commercially viable "for-profit" enterprises.

In-kind Contributions: goods (space used by applicant, equipment, supplies, materials, etc.) and services (volunteer time, transportation, printing, etc.) donated to the applicant organization. Note: The dollar value of these contributions (what it would cost if the organization had to pay for them) must be reported separately from the cash columns in the budget section.

Interdisciplinary: an art form that integrates two or more disciplines to create a single work, not to be confused with multi-disciplinary which simply presents two or more arts disciplines each retaining its own identity.

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Marketing: all costs for marketing, publicity, promotion. Do not include fees for firms or consultants that belong under outside fees and services section. Do include costs of advertising, printing and mailing brochures, etc.

Minorities: groups representing less than half a population of a given area. The following are recognized as minorities by the Council - African-Americans, Asian, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians/Alaskan Natives and other ethnic groups such as Franco-American, Polish, Greek, etc. that maintain a distinct cultural identity in New Hampshire.

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New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Grants: cash support derived from regional performing arts and/or visual arts/media touring grants. Note: Include these funds in the line item, Government Support-State/Regional.

NISP Codes: NISP refers to the National Standard for Arts Information Exchange Project, a set of documentation codes established by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies to help track trends in public arts funding. Please enter the appropriate codes in spaces marked on your application, which can be found here. If you receive a grant, you will also be required to fill appropriate NISP codes on your Final Report Form.

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Outside Fees and Services: refers to payments to firms or persons who are not normally considered employees of the organization, but are independent contractors.

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Peer Panel Review: The peer panel review process is based upon the concept of public input on the expenditure of public funds. The NHSCA uses this process to adjudicate grant applications. Individuals with relevant art form and/or arts practice expertise are identified and asked to serve as panelists for each grant category. Panelists review grant applications and work samples submitted, discuss applications, evaluate them based upon published criteria, and utilize a numeric system to rank them. Rankings are compiled by staff and used to determine funding levels for grants. Panel rankings are conveyed to State Arts Councilors who approve grants for funding. Cumulative grants to individuals over $2,500 and to non profit organizations over $5,000 go the Governor and Executive Council for final approvals. Click here if interested in nominating yourself or another individual to serve on a NHSCA panel.

Personnel: refers to all those who are actual part- or full-time employees of the organization. Note: In reporting line items under personnel include fringe benefits (FICA, Workman's Compensation, health insurance, etc.).

Presenter: a nonprofit organization that engages touring or local artists or touring exhibitions, pays artist fees, and handles all aspects of the local presentation.

Professional Artists: people who devote a majority of their time to practicing, performing, and/or teaching an arts discipline and who receive payment for their work in that discipline.

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Report to the New Hampshire Community: a public event by an Individual Artist Fellow that could be as simple as an open studio day, a slide talk in the local library, or as complex as premiering a new work on stage. The selection of the event is left up to the artist. However, plans for the event should be coordinated with the Artist Services Coordinator who may elect to combine the Fellows' public events in one location or during one time period to better market the State Arts Council's Fellows' work for that year. All events should be held in handicapped accessible locations.

Resident: "A resident or inhabitant or both of this state and of any city, town or other political subdivision of this state shall be a person who is domiciled or has a place of abode or both in this state and in any city, town or other political subdivision of this state, and who has, through all of his actions, demonstrated a current intent to designate that place of abode as his principal place of physical presence for the indefinite future to the exclusion of all others." RSA 21:6

Revenue: earned income such as ticket sales, sale of advertising space in program brochures, gift shop income, tuition, etc.

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SASE: self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Space Rental: payments for rental of office, rehearsal, theatre, hall, gallery, or other such spaces. Note: If space is used without charge, indicate rental value as an in-kind contribution.

Special Constituencies: individuals or groups whose access to the arts may be limited due to age, disabilities, confinement in institutions, poverty, etc.

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Traditional Arts: An art form passed down from one generation to the next within families and communities. Folk arts are most often learned informally within a community or family. In a traditional art form, the sense of what is beautiful, meaningful, and well done is defined more by the community than by an individual.

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Underserved:  The National Endowment for the Arts defines an underserved community as “ one in which individuals lack access to arts programs due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, or disability.”

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Last updated: February 18, 2014

 
 
 
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