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Arts grants offered to New Hampshire youth

State Council on the Arts now accepting applications

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is now accepting applications for Youth Arts Project Grants for Extended Learning.

These grants fund high-quality arts and cultural education activities that take place outside of regular school hours and that encourage creativity and positive forms of expression as well as youth development and academic success in grades K-12.

Activities funded by Youth Arts Project Grants help young people develop creative problem solving skills and become more engaged in their communities. These activities may take place after regular school hours, in the summer, on weekends, on or outside of school property. Music, dance, theater, visual arts, crafts, photography and creative writing are some of the arts activities that may be eligible for funding through this grant program.

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 are available. In order to qualify for a Youth Arts Project Grant, programs must be matched on at least a one-to-one basis with contributions from a source other than the State Arts Council or the National Endowment for the Arts.

Schools, school districts, SAUs, and not-for-profit organizations with incorporation in New Hampshire may apply. Partnerships between schools, arts organizations and community organizations that provide high-quality arts learning experiences for youth in underserved communities around the state are encouraged to participate in the program.

Projects must take place in facilities accessible to people with disabilities.

This grant round will fund youth arts projects taking place between Aug. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015.

For more information about applying for a Youth Arts Project Grant, contact Catherine O’Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts, at 271-0795 or

Applications must be postmarked on or before April 18 or delivered to the N.H. State Council on the Arts, 19 Pillsbury St., Concord, by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

To learn more about these and other N.H. State Council on the Arts’ programs, visit

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