For Immediate Release
Posted: February 20, 2024


Shelly Angers, NH Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136 |

NH Arts Council announces funding available via multiple grant programs

The N.H. State Council on the Arts announced today that it is accepting applications for eight separate grant programs that will provide funding to artists, arts organizations and municipalities wishing to strengthen arts in their communities.

Arts education, art in healthcare settings and traditional arts are just some of the categories that are eligible for funding support.

“As recently as a decade ago, people were beginning to really comprehend the impact that the arts have on local economies, something that continues to be proven through statistical analysis,” said Adele Bauman, director of the N.H. State Council on the Arts.

“Today, there’s also a greater understanding of how the arts affect us as individuals and as communities, not only when we experience art created by others, but also when we tap into our own creativity to become physically and emotionally stronger and more vibrant.”

The programs currently accepting grant applications and their deadlines to apply are:

- Youth Arts Project grants: fund high-quality arts and cultural educational programs that help young people encourage their creative growth, develop new skills and foster success; deadline to apply: April 12, 2024

- Artist in Residence grants: provide funding to bring juried teaching artists into classrooms and public schools to support creative learning; deadline to apply: April 19, 2024

- Arts in Health Project grants: support arts experiences and artist residencies in health-based settings as well as arts activities that deepen public health awareness and practice in New Hampshire communities; deadline to apply: May 3, 2024

- Conservation License Plate grants: fund the conservation of publicly owned artworks, artistic elements of publicly owned facilities and improving public access to significant artwork and arts programming; letter of intent deadline: May 3, 2024; full application deadline: June 21, 2024

- Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants: fund a master traditional artist to teach a qualified apprentice in one-on-one sessions over a period of six to ten months; deadline to apply: June 14, 2024

- Arts for Community Engagement grants: support accessible arts presentations and activities that promote community engagement, stimulate local economies, attract visitors and enhance the vibrancy of New Hampshire communities; deadline to apply: June 28, 2024

- Folklife and Traditional Arts Project grants: support for projects that focus on presenting and preserving folklife and traditional arts in New Hampshire; deadline to apply: June 28, 2024

- Artist Entrepreneurial grants (awarded quarterly): support the development of artists’ business skills, increase the level and quality of their work and bring that work to the widest possible markets; deadline to apply: May 3, August 2 and November 1, 2024 as well as February 7, 2025

More than $750,000 is available across the eight grant programs.

For more information about each grant program visit

The N.H. State Council on the Arts, a division of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, enhances the quality of life in New Hampshire by stimulating economic growth through the arts, investing in the creativity of students, making the arts accessible to underserved populations and preserving heritage arts. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at