New Hampshire Humanities awards Major Project Grants of up to $10,000 to eligible organizations to support public humanities programs across the state. We welcome applications proposing creative and engaging public humanities programs that will advance NH’s cultural networks and provide opportunities for NH residents of all ages to learn about the world in which they live.
Award Amount: up to $10,000.
Budget: applicants must be able to fulfil a 1:1 cost-share. 10% of the applicant’s match must be in the form of cash contributions from the applicant organization or other partners.
Award Period: all project expenses must occur within the grant period defined by the applicant in their project proposal. NHH cannot retroactively fund projects.
Organizations based outside of NH are eligible to apply, but applicants will need to demonstrate how their project will engage NH residents to receive funding.
NHH cannot award grants to for-profit or foreign entities.
Deadlines: Major grant applications are accepted four times a year. All applicants are required to submit a draft narrative and budget for review one month before the final application is due.
NHH will host workshops throughout the year to introduce prospective applicants to the grant process.
January 15 (2024)
3pm, Feb. 14, 2024
3pm, May 15, 2024
Successful applications will meet the following criteria:
The program must qualify as a humanities program. Public humanities programs bring the insights and methods of the humanities disciplines – for example, history, literature, philosophy, or cultural studies – to analytically explore a topic. Successful applicants will demonstrate how their program's design will interpret or explore a chosen topic or issue to encourage participants to learn more about the subject.
Subject Matter Expert: The project must involve at least one individual with scholarly expertise in the program’s subject matter who will play an active role in the project’s development and execution. An individual's expertise may result from an advanced academic degree (MA, PhD, or J.D.) in a relevant field or come from serving as the keeper of community traditions and knowledge. Examples of scholars include but are not limited to tribal elders or historians, advanced graduate students, or a professor at a university.
Free and open to the public: NHH strongly prefers to fund accessible programs and projects that will be free and open to the public. If your organization intends to charge admission for a grant-supported program, we highly encourage you to speak with NHH staff to discuss parallel free or low-cost options. For example, a museum could offer one day free admission or request donations in lieu of an admission ticket.
Cost-Share: Applicants must be able to meet a 1:1 cost share requirement. For every grant dollar NHH awards, the applicant must contribute an equal value of goods or services to the project, as cash or in-kind contributions, or a combination of both. **At least 10% of an organization’s cost-share must be cash contributions from the applicant organization and/or partner organizations.
Grant Period: All expenses and events must occur with the grant period defined by the applicant in their project proposal. NHH cannot retroactively fund projects.
Unique Entity Identifier (SAM): All applicants must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier through SAM.gov to recieve grant funds. Register for a SAM UEID at https://sam.gov/content/home. There is no cost to register. For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.
The Program Committee typically meets 3-4 weeks after application deadline. Applicants will be notified of their decision as soon as possible following the meeting.
Your contract will outline a payment schedule. Please refer to the payment amounts in this schedule when submitting your request. NHH issues payments on the 15th and 30th of each month.
Organizations are allowed to request up to TWO extensions to their grant period to complete their project.
To request an extension, email Agnes Burt and provide the following information:
All requests will be reviewed by the NHH executive director and are subject to their approval.
NHH will promote your grant-funded event(s) via our social media accounts, online calendar, e-news and print publications. Complete the public events listing form to inform us of any grant-funded event or deliverable you'd like us to publicize.
If you have a photographer or videographer record your event, be sure to obtain the appropriate permissions and secure releases from participants.
Email digital photos (jpeg format at least 300 dpi) to NHH Communications Director, Rebecca Kinhan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include the name of your organization, date, and location of the event.
An acknowledgment of New Hampshire Humanities’ support must be fully visible and/or audible on all materials, projects, or events resulting from a Community Project Grant.
This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.
As part of your award terms, you agree to administer and report on your grant activities in accordance with NHH requirements.
Major grant award recipients are required to submit two reports to NHH.
Download the "Instructions for Administering Your Grant" for a complete checklist of the things you will need to successfully administer your grant.
Throughout the grant period, collect and organize the following materials to submit as part of your reporting obligations.
As a recipient of federal funds, you are obligated to maintain accurate financial records. All third-party contributions – cash or in-kind – must be verifiable to count towards the matching funds requirement.
Any person or organization who contributes a cash or in-kind donation should complete a project donation form, available for download on the right. The recorded value of an in-kind donation must be based on the fair market value—the rate that would otherwise be paid for the donated good or service.
Any contributions made via an electronic transaction such as PayPal or Venmo must be properly documented. You may provide a receipt or proof of transaction that shows the donor’s name, the amount donated, and is certified by the recipient.
If you have any questions about the Community Project Grants program, please contact NHH program staff by emailing email@example.com or submit an inquiry here.
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.