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Community Project Grants are New Hampshire Humanities’ way of putting the humanities into action for positive change, supporting your efforts to share knowledge and spark conversations that interest your community.

"We look for ways to put the humanities to work, to use the knowledge and skills of people trained in the humanities to help explore present-day issues, or to enjoy what people have written, talked and thought about in different times or places," notes Susan Hatem, Associate Director. "The unique thing about our grants is that every project includes a humanities expert whose job it is to help generate and shape the content of the program, the essential questions. A trained scholar strengthens a project by providing broad perspective and in-depth knowledge."

Part of Hatem’s job is to help project directors connect with appropriate humanities experts. Successful projects have included book, film or play discussion series, lectures, panel discussions, teacher workshops, conferences, exhibits, storytelling, and other formats for exchanging ideas. They invite audience members to use humanities skills – skills such as reading, listening, critical thinking, analysis, and discussion – to help people be better informed, more imaginative, and engaged.

Quarterly Grants (up to $10,000) are the heart of New Hampshire Humanities grant making, enabling nonprofits and educational institutions to design and carry out multi-faceted projects. Proposals are accepted four times a year.

Quick Grants (up to $1,000) support single events or short series and are available in as little as six weeks from submission deadline to first public event. Proposals are accepted six times a year.

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