New Hampshire Humanities awards Mini Grants of up to $2,000 to support public humanities programs across the state. We welcome applications from eligble organizations proposing creative and engaging public humanities programs that advance will New Hampshire’s rich cultural networks and provide opportunities for New Hampshire residents of all ages to learn about the world in which they live.
Award Amount: up to $2,000.00
Budget: applicants must be able to fulfil a 1:1 cost-share.
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 recieve funding.
NHH cannot award grants to for-profit or foreign entities.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed on the third Friday of each month. We recommend applying at least 6-8 weeks before your proposed program would begin.
NHH does not require applicants to submit a draft application, but we highly encourage you to speak with a member of NHH staff about your project before submitting a final proposal
NHH will host grant workshops throughout the year to introduce prospective applicants to the CPG application. Click the date to register for a workshop.
The program must qualify as a humanities program. Public humanities programs draw on the insights and methods of the humanities disciplines – for example, history, literature, philosophy, or cultural studies – to explore a topic through an analytical lens. 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. A scholar’s expertise may result from an advanced academic degree (MA, ABD, 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 programs 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 a member of NHH 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: Organizations must be able to meet a 1:1 cost share requirement. For every dollar NHH awards, the applicant must contribute an equal value of goods or services to the project, either as cash or in-kind contributions, or a combination of both.
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 organizations receiving federal awards must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier through SAM.gov. 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.
Budget Template Guidelines
Mini Grant proposals are evaluated by the NHH Executive Director and Director of Programs. When evaluating a proposal, they consider the following criteria:
Proposals are reviewed on the third Friday of every month. Applicants are typically notified of their proposal’s status within six weeks of submission.
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 event or product you would 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.
Recipients with grant periods exceeding 6 months will be required to submit an interim report and budget update mid-way through the project.
All grant recipients will submit a final project report and final budget no later than 90 days following the grant period’s conclusion.
Download the Community Project Grant Administration Checklist (right sidebar) for a complete list 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.