2016 Quarterly Grants

Our Community Project Grants program provides funds for diverse and dynamic humanities programming throughout the state. Learn more about our Grants program here.


Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth (PPAF), $7,360
30 Pages in 30 Days, a Playwright Competition

Sometimes the most difficult and complex issues in our society cannot be addressed through conventional conversations. Playwriting and performing can help bridge the gap of understanding. Three workshops to help  writers focus on expressing the complexity of the human experience for a chosen social issue. Three plays were chosen for a live staged-reading competition and the winner will have the opportunity to produce the play on the PPAF stage.


Friends of Plaistow Public Library, Plaistow, $7,327
Community Stories: Soldiers Home & Away

A collaboration among nine libraries and Timberlane Regional High School, presenting lectures, exhibits, family book programs, film screenings, and discussions bridging the gap between civilians and veterans, inspired by a regional read of Tim O’Brien’s classic Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried.


Fireseed Alliance, Amherst, $5,855
Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: More Relevant Today than Ever

Fifteen New Hampshire libraries coordinated by the Fireseed Alliance use Steinbeck’s classic as a bridge to contemporary issues including the changes in farming New Hampshire, poverty, income disparity, foreclosures, climate change, and how individuals and governments respond to a human crisis that is caused by both man and nature.


Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, $5,000
First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

In conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library’s traveling exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio, talks by scholars, family-friendly performances of Shakespeare scenes by Theatre KAPOW and Advice to the Player, and a supplementary exhibit on “Shakespeare’s Potions.”


Castle Preservation Society, Moultonborough, $3,926
Oui, Francos are Still Here: New Hampshire’s French Speaking Heritage

A portable exhibition, gallery talks, and a teacher symposium about Francophone New Hampshire then and now at the “Castle in the Clouds,” the spectacular Arts-and-Crafts-style Lucknow Estate built in 1914 by shoe magnate Thomas Plant.


Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, $3,920
Heady Stuff: Reading and Writing Addiction  

As the nation confronts an opioid addiction epidemic unbound by education, vocation or class, Leslie Jamison, scholar and best-selling author of The Empathy Exams and The Gin Closet, speaks about writers, writing and addiction.


Friends of Public Art, c/o Arts Alive! Keene, $3,838
Winchester Jubilee: A Celebration of Community Ingenuity

A day-long festival celebrating Winchester’s unique history as a pipe organ and musical instrument manufacturing center in the early 19th Century. The centerpiece of the Jubilee is a panel discussion on how the town can capitalize on its citizens’ historic ingenuity to encourage economic development today.