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Making Sense of the Civil War Quick Grants



Community Project Grants 2014


How can your organization use humanities ideas, skills, and experts to help NH people think about ideas that enrich and impact their lives, their communities,
the world?

Community Project Grants
offer direct support for creative public programs designed to explore the humanities in participatory and dynamic ways.
Think history, literature, philosophy. Archaeology, ethics, culture. Languages. Comparative religion. The history and interpretation of the arts, the sciences,
of just about anything.

We encourage applications from a broad range of nonprofit organizations in New Hampshire, including those that may not define their work as being based
in the humanities. We especially welcome inquiries for projects that will attract diverse audiences, engage minds, and stimulate meaningful community dialogue.

There are two project grant categories for 2014. All projects involve a project director, a humanities expert, and a tax exempt NH organization as grant applicant.
All provide live programming to a NH public audience. All are awarded on a competitive basis and require matching contributions from the applicant or others, cash and in-kind.
  • Quick Grants offer up to $1,000 to support simple, single-event or short-series projects, and are available in as little as six weeks from submission
    deadline to first public event.

  • Quarterly Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded four times a year. They are the heart of the Council's grant making, enabling all kinds of tax exempt organizations to design and carry out multi-faceted projects from teacher professional development to large-scale "community reads" to lectures and discussions related to films, exhibits or performances.

Click here for a list of grants awarded in 2013.

Making Sense of the Civil War Quick Grants


Quick Grants Up to $1,000


Application by

Notification by

Earliest Date of Public Event
January 10, 2014 February 1 March 1
March 10 April 1 May 1
May 10 June 1 July 1
July 10 August 1 September 1
September 10 October 1 November 1
November 12 December 1 January 1, 2015


Quarterly Grants Up to $10,000

NEW higher dollar amount available four times per year!


Letter of Interest/First Draft NO LATER THAN

Full Application by

Notification by Earliest Date of Public Event
January 15, 2014 February 1 Mid March May 1
April 15 May 1 Mid June August 1
July 15 August 1 Mid September November 1
October 15 November 1 Mid December February 1, 2015



Documents are in Microsoft Office 2007 Word and Excel.  If you are running earlier versions of Microsoft Office you may
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Useful information before you apply for a grant:

Community Project Grant Guidelines PDF
Budget Instructions PDF
Information on obtaining a DUNS number PDF
Audience Evaluation SAMPLE PDF
Role of Project Humanities Expert Word

Applying for a grant:

Quick Grant Application template Word
Quick Grant Budget Spreadsheet template Excel
Quick Grant Budget Notes template Word
Quarterly Grant Application template Word
Quarterly Grant Budget Spreadsheet template Excel
Quarterly Grant Budget Notes template Excel
Quarterly Grant Humanities Statement template Word


Administering a grant:


Community Project Grant Administration Checklist Word
Grant Payment Request Form PDF
Public Events Listing Form for NHHC Calendars Word
Grant Acknowledgement Language and Logo Guidelines PDF
NHHC Publicity Tip Sheet Word
Project Donation Record Word
Budget-to-Actual Expenditures Spreadsheet Excel
Sample Introduction for Hosts of Live Events PDF



Questions? Contact NHHC Grants Officer Susan Hatem at or 603-224-4071.


Interested in grant-funded programming but don't want to design your own?
Check out Humanities to Go, our award-winning speakers bureau.




Making Sense of the Civil War Quick Grants

Like other Community Project Grants, these are competitive, matching grants made to tax exempt organizations such as nonprofits or libraries.
Plan your series so that there will be time to find out whether your proposal has been funded and to obtain and distribute the books.


Applications for Making Sense of the Civil War Quick Grants are considered in the same grant rounds as other Quick Grants.
See the chart of Quick Grant application deadlines above.

  1. General Community Project Grant deadlines and guidelines above apply to Making Sense of the Civil War Quick Grants but download and use
    a. these Making Sense of the Civil War instructions
    b. the List of Making Sense of the Civil War Facilitators
    c. the Making Sense of the Civil War Quick Grant Application, and
    d. the Making Sense of the Civil War Budget template.

  2. Budget: Your organization must match the amount requested with an equal or greater amount of cash and in-kind contributions to the project. The cash contribution must be at least 10% of the requested amount. The rest may be in cash or in-kind donations from the applicant organization or third parties.
    For example, if you request $1,000 to pay the facilitator's stipend for a four-part discussion series (4 x $250/session=$1,000), then the applicant organization must match it with at least $100 in cash and $900 in in-kind contributions toward other expenses such as the space, refreshments, publicity, and volunteer time. Note that the percentage of a paid staff member's salary representing the time dedicated to running the series may be counted as the applicant organization's cash contribution.

  3. Contact one of the Making Sense of the Civil War facilitators on our list for availability and discuss dates, times, venue, syllabus and stipend.

  4. There are two Making Sense of the Civil War book sets each containing 25 copies of the 3 titles in the series. Check on availability of a set by contacting
    Ruby Matott at the NH State Library 271-2144. Plan to have the books delivered to your local library at least three weeks in advance of the first session so that participants have time to pick the books up and read the selection(s).

  5. Fill out a Making Sense of the Civil War Quick Grant Application and Budget Spreadsheet and email them to Community Project Grants Director Susan Hatem.
    Because you will be choosing a facilitator/project humanities expert from the Making Sense of the Civil War list, you do not need to include your
    Making Sense of the Civil War facilitator's resume.

  6. You will hear within two weeks whether your organization has been awarded a grant. As soon as you are notified that your Quick Grant has been awarded,
    re-contact your facilitator and Ruby Matott at the NH State Library to confirm dates and book delivery. If your organization is not a NH library, be sure to discuss with your local library your desire to have the books delivered there. Make arrangements for pick-up, distribution and return of the books.

  7. You will receive a grant contract to sign and return before your check is issued. Follow the Community Project Grant Administration Checklist included with the contract.


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