Grants Available for Humanities-Based Community Projects

New Hampshire Humanities offers the only grants program in our state dedicated to making the humanities accessible to all. The humanities are the ideas and knowledge about human history and culture that help people understand life today. Nonprofit applicants work with a trained expert to plan all kinds of programs, from lectures to book or film discussions to walking tours to community conversations. “Topics are up to the applicant,” notes Susan Hatem, Director of Programs and Grant Making. “As we see it, there’s a humanities perspective on just about everything.”

New Hampshire Humanities (NHH) invites nonprofit organizations serving people in New Hampshire to submit proposals for humanities-based community projects. Mini Grants are for requests up to $1,000 and Major Grants for more involved projects ranging up to $10,000. With six mini grant rounds and four major grant rounds, funds are available throughout the year. NHH is eager to work with new as well as repeat applicant organizations, and especially encourages nonprofits in northern New Hampshire, the Lakes Region, Manchester, and Nashua to apply. View the Community Project Grants page on the NHH website for descriptions of recently-funded projects, 2019-2020 deadlines, guidelines, and templates.

Need topic ideas?

  • Build a project around one of our NEW Humanities to Go programs.

  • In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, and of the 2020 elections, what about exploring voting rights and representation? Here’s a little background on what others are doing.

  • Consider a project in the realm of the environmental humanities. Pick a book, film, or podcast (or all three) for group discussion of values that shape human beings’ relation to the environment; or the role of imagination in that relationship (think poetry, literature); or differences across age groups in the human/nature relationship and what we can learn from those differences. For example, read about an innovative, intergenerational one-day workshop held last fall.

  • Pick one of the topics explored in our Ideas on Tap programs and create an event in your community. Readings on these topics are posted on our website.

New Hampshire Humanities can help connect you with knowledgeable people in these and many other areas. For a phone, email, or in-person conversation about grant opportunities or to host a grants information session in your area, please contact Susan Hatem, Director of Programs & Grant Making, at 603-224-4071, ext. 114, or


About New Hampshire Humanities: For more than 45 years, New Hampshire Humanities has provided the people of the Granite State with opportunities to cultivate curiosity, connect across cultures, examine beliefs, practice civility, strengthen community bonds, and engage in civic life. Last year New Hampshire Humanities sponsored 644 free programs reaching 144,174 residents in 170 communities in partnership with 320 organizations. Learn more at