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Grants to New Hampshire Apprentice and Master
Artists to Study Culturally Significant Art Forms

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA)

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07/01/22 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $4,000 to New Hampshire apprentice and master artists to study and pass on culturally significant arts skills. Funding is intended to help communities share traditions and allow future generations to enjoy their cultural heritage. The goal of the grants is to preserve community cultural heritage through the learning and passing on of traditional arts and folklife – including crafts, music, and dance. Applications in traditions in which there is limited availability of master teachers will be more competitive than those that are widely taught in New Hampshire.

Apprenticeship grants fund a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions for a minimum of 65 hours over a period of six to ten months. Traditional arts are passed down from one generation to the next within communities through observation, conversation, imitation, and practice. They represent a sense of beauty, skills, knowledge, and community values refined over generations and are an important part of the living cultural heritage. Communities can be defined in many ways such as groups that share the same ethnic heritage, language, geographic area, religion, occupation, or way of life.

Grant funds may cover:

  • Master artist fees for teaching, supplies, and travel essential to the Apprenticeship
  • Apprentice supplies and travel costs essential to the Apprenticeship
  • Fees associated with sharing a community presentation

To provide for the equitable distribution of funds, when two applications have been determined as having equal merit by the review panel, the State Arts Council will give funding priority to master artists who are applying for the first time. 

All projects must be able to be completed while following the New Hampshire health and safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179332

Estimated Size of Grant:

A master artist and apprentice team may apply for a combined total of up to $4,000 per year. Within that amount, the maximum request for the master artist is $3,000 and the maximum request for the apprentice is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects occurring between November 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023.
An extension of up to two months may be requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Traditional artists representing any cultural or ethnic tradition that can demonstrate there is a community context for the tradition within New Hampshire may apply for a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. Individuals interested in applying for this grant identify each other and apply together as a team.

In some cases, the Heritage and Traditional Arts Coordinator can provide contact information for artists working in a particular traditional art form, but it is up to individuals interested in this grant to contact each other.

The master artist should:
- Be recognized by their community as an established and mature practitioner of the traditional art form.
- Demonstrate artistic excellence through supporting materials. There is no certification required to be considered a master artist.
- Be able to express in the application a sincere interest and commitment to teaching the tradition to the proposed apprentice.

The apprentice should:
- Demonstrate relatable experience and competency in the artistic tradition he or she wants to study.
- Be able to express in the application a sincere interest and commitment to sharing with others the knowledge learned after the completion of the Apprenticeship.
-Be at least 12 years old and have parental approval to apply if younger than 18.

The State Council on the Arts recognizes that traditional art forms are often preserved regionally. Therefore, only one member of the apprenticeship team (master or apprentice) is required to be a resident of the state of New Hampshire; the other member of the team may be a resident of one of New Hampshire's border states: Vermont, Maine, or Massachusetts.

This grant does not support:
- Traditional occupations such as fishing, farming, or logging, unless they include the making of crafts associated with the occupation such as fishnets, boat building, harness making, ox yoke making, or wood carving.
- Contemporary fine arts and crafts, such as oil painting, screen printing, etching, glass blowing, sculpture, and ceramics.
- Theater arts such as opera, playwriting, or acting.
- Healing arts such as herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, or acupuncture.
- Decorative body arts such as a tattoo or body painting.
- Military re-enactment. (Please note: Apprenticeships in historical styles (e.g., Colonial-era crafts) in which a direct line of transmission has been lost are eligible provided that the mentor artist is practicing with historical accuracy and cultural knowledge of the tradition.)

The grant does not cover fees for the apprentice’s time.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: July 1, 2022. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST

Drafts of narrative questions and budgets may be reviewed if submitted by email at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline. First-time applicants are especially encouraged to submit drafts. Do not use the online system to submit drafts. Email drafts directly to the grant program coordinator.

Award notification may take up to 10 weeks after the application deadline.

A master artist and apprentice team should submit one application. If language or disabilities present barriers to understanding or filling out the form, the applicant may ask for assistance as needed. State Council on the Arts staff is available to provide technical assistance prior to application deadlines.


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

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Kayla Schweitzer, Grant Coordinator

For questions about the online application system at Submittable, please contact:
855-467-8264, ext 2

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
Van McLeod Building
19 Pillsbury Street, 1st Floor
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
(603) 271-2789

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