It's Your Turn: Community Project Grants

New Hampshire Humanities offers the only grant program in our state devoted to supporting the public humanities.

In 2018-2019, we awarded grants totaling just over $62,000. These funds went to cultural and civic organizations, museums, colleges, libraries, historical societies, theatres, and other nonprofits around the state. Even a circus school received a grant! We believe that locally-designed, community-based projects demonstrate the power and potential of human creativity and thoughtfulness. When people intentionally gather together to explore ideas about topics and issues relevant to them, individuals, relationships, and communities thrive.

In the past year, we funded events and activities about everything from Native American stories and who should tell them to what motivates inventors, from the values that shape human relationships to the environment to the role of diplomacy in history and today’s world.

Congratulations to the following grantees through which New Hampshire Humanities supported public humanities programs throughout the state: Recently-funded Community Project Grants

For more information about applying for a grant, scroll to the bottom of the page and click
"Before You Apply."

2019-2020 Community Project Grant Deadlines  Click HERE for a printable copy.

If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, submit by the next business day. For more information, please contact Susan Hatem, Director of Programs & Grantmaking, at 603-224-4071 or

Major Grants

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

Deadlines - Major Grants

Draft proposal                  Full proposal           Notification by           First public event

Sept. 1, 2019                       Oct. 1, 2019               Mid November             Dec. 1, 2019

Jan. 1, 2020                         Feb. 1, 2020              Mid March                     April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020                      May 1, 2020              Mid June                         July 1, 2020

June 1, 2020                       July 1, 2020               Mid August                    Sept. 1, 2020

Mini Grants

Mini Grants of 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 accepted six times a year. 

Deadlines - Mini Grants 

Apply by                    Notification by            Earliest date of public event

 Sept. 1, 2019             Oct. 1, 2019                     Nov. 1, 2019

Nov. 1, 2019              Dec. 1, 2019                    Jan. 1, 2020

Jan. 1, 2020               Feb. 1, 2020                    March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020          Apr. 1, 2020                   May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020              June 1, 2020                   July 1, 2020


NOTE: DUNS Number and Registration Requirements

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has adopted the use of the “data universal numbering system (DUNS) numbers issued by Dun and Bradstreet to keep track of how federal grant money is dispersed. In addition, registration with the federal System for Awards Management (SAM) is required for security purposes. Therefore, all grant applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register on before New Hampshire Humanities can disperse any awarded funds. If your institution needs to obtain a free DUNS number, please follow the instructions found on the NEH website HERE. To register with SAM, follow instructions HERE. (NOTE: Even though grants are contracts, when registering with SAM, your organization is applying for “financial assistance” rather than registering as a contractor.)

If you're interested in hosting a program from our speakers' bureau, Humanities to Go, please click HERE.

Above image: New Hampshire Theatre Project's Elephant in the Room series, photo by Meaghan Beauchamp