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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. 

FY2022 Competitive Grants & Opportunities:

Artist Emergency Grants - Grants to artists who have lost income due to the loss of jobs or cancellation/modification of specific, scheduled gigs or opportunities (e.g., commissions, performances, contracts, workshops, classes, etc.) because of COVID-19.

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.

Artist Entrepreneurial Grants– Grants to support opportunities that will benefit artists’ careers and small businesses, including the development of business skills, participation in programs to raise the level and quality of their art, and participation in programs that will bring their art to the widest possible markets.

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.

FY2022 Non Monetary Opportunities:

Arts in Health 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 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 12, 2021

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