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Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant

Grants to New Hampshire and Maine Artists
for Professional Development Activities

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Foundation / Corporation

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/30/20 5:00 PM Eastern time


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Grants to New Hampshire and Maine artists in eligible regions for professional development activities. Funding is intended to support projects that further artistic careers, work, and research in areas such as crafts, photography, experimental visual arts, and 2- and 3-dimensional art. Requests will be accepted from visual artists and craftspeople from the Piscataqua Region.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation-Piscataqua Region is defined as:

  • New Hampshire: Barrington, Brentwood, Danville, Dover, Durham, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Farmington, Fremont, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Lee, Madbury, Milton, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Rochester, Rollinsford, Rye, Seabrook, Somersworth, South Hampton, Strafford, Stratham.
  • Maine: Berwick, Eliot, Kittery, North Berwick, South Berwick, York (including Cape Neddick).

Recognizing that artists are an essential resource to a vital community, the Artist Advancement Grant Program was established in 2002 to provide financial support to individual visual artists and craftspeople in the Piscataqua Region to promote their artistic growth. The Foundation seeks to make grants that reflect and support the diversity of ideas, art forms, expression and culture of the artistic community of this region and therefore seeks applicants who represent this diversity.

The purpose of the award is not to reward past work, but to recognize the applicant best positioned to continue the improvement of their artistic career.

Eligible art disciplines* include:

  • Crafts: Includes work in clay, leather, plastic, fiber, metal, wood, glass, paper, and mixed media
  •  2-Dimensional Work: Includes drawing, painting, works on paper, printmaking, book arts, collage, assemblage, mixed media, does not include commercial graphic arts
  • 3-Dimensional Work: Includes sculpture, installation art
  • Experimental visual arts: Includes conceptual, new media (Does not include film and video unless film/video is a component of the overall new media project.)
  • Photography

*Those with questions about whether a particular art form is eligible should contact the Program Consultant.

The grant may be used to pursue activity that contributes to the recipient's growth as an artist. For example, the grant may be used to support the creation of a new body of work, to experiment with new media, to buy time for investigation and experimentation, to explore new directions, for research and development, to reach new audiences, to take time for solitary work or reflection, to continue work already in progress, or to engage in collaborative projects.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183135

Number of Grants:

One large grant, and up to three small grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

An award ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 will be made annually. In addition, up to three finalists may be recognized with awards of $1,000 each.

Term of Contract:

Grantees have one year to complete grant activities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Visual artists and craftspeople whose resume and body of work demonstrate a strong commitment to an artistic discipline are welcome to apply. Collaborating visual artists and craftspeople are also eligible to apply.

The applicant must be over 18 years of age at time of application.

The applicant must have been a permanent resident in the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Piscataqua Region for at least two full years prior to applying, and must plan to maintain permanent residence in the region during the entire grant period. (A permanent resident is defined as someone who has maintained their principal dwelling in the NHCF Piscataqua Region and has actually resided in the region for more than 6 months of each of the preceding 2 years prior to the date of application.

Ineligible to Apply:
- No matriculated student enrolled in a degree program during the grant period is eligible to apply.
- Directors and staff of the Foundation and their immediate families are not eligible.
- Current jurors and their immediate family members are not eligible.
- Past recipients of a New Hampshire Charitable Foundation-Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant are not eligible to apply until ten years have elapsed.

Unallowable Expenses:

Pre-Application Information:

Application is due on Thursday, April 30, 2020, 5:00 pm Eastern time.

Applicants who are not selected may reapply the following year.

If your application was funded, you will be notified no later than August. Funds are generally released in September or October.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more information and to apply online:

Maria Sillari, Program Consultant

Simon Delekta, Senior Program Officer
603-430-9182 ext 22297

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-4005

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Berwick, Eliot, Kittery, North Berwick, South Berwick, York (including Cape Neddick).;   New Hampshire: Barrington, Brentwood, Danville, Dover, Durham, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Farmington, Fremont, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Lee, Madbury, Milton, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Northwoo

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