Friends of Arts Council of Tamworth and supporters of the arts and arts education in New Hampshire:

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While funding a small nonprofit is rarely easy, this is a particularly challenging moment for arts funding in New Hampshire. The governor and the NH legislature have cut funding to the NH State Council on the Arts again, now to a level not seen since 1985-1986. The NHSCA budget has been cut 65% since 2008, and every dollar cut from the state arts line results in an equivalent loss of federal funding: the feds will only match state appropriations. The current appropriation works out to $0.22 per NH citizen PER YEAR, putting New Hampshire 45th of 56 US states and territories for arts funding. Why should a state support arts and arts education? Here are 10 great reasons to support the arts, and more reasons why the arts matter to New Hampshire. If this issue moves you, please contact your elected officials. Scroll down to read more from NHSCA, and thank you.

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts FY 2015-2016 State Budget

  1. Governor/Legislative budget allocation of 291,489 cuts the Arts Council by a total of 64,917.

  2. The 64,917 is an 18.7% cut of the Council’s FY 2014-2015 State appropriation (356,407).

  3. This year’s proposed allocation is the lowest since FY 1985-1986 (323,000). The highest was 2008 (840,381). Therefore, State funding for the Arts Council has fallen 65% since 2008.

  4. Because the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) requires a 1:1 match, this cut will equal 129,834, 9.5% of the organization’s FY 2014-2015 adjusted budget.

  5. Cutting 64,917 from the Arts Council’s State appropriation will result in an equal cut to the agency’s Federal grant, of 9.5% of the FY 2014-2015 Federal allocation.

  6. The Arts Council’s FY13 grant making, approximately 673,000, resulted in over $30 million in direct spending by grantee organizations and programs.

  7. The NEA is tightening its match requirements and no longer allows states to use in-kind, fundraising or other grant revenue for the 1:1 match. Only State General Funds can be used. In the current Fiscal Year (2014- 2015), Cultural Conservation (Mooseplate) Grants, Percent for Art program and Cultural Conservation funds, along with a percentage of General Fund allocations to the Department of Cultural Resources (the Arts Council’s parent Department) were added to the Arts Council’s direct appropriation to draw down approximately 678,000 in Federal dollars.

  8. The State appropriation provides a significant return on investment by promoting economic growth, stimulating small business development, generating tourism revenue, improving education, preserving New Hampshire traditions, and fostering community vitality.

    Grant categories are designed to meet constituent needs and serve as a public investment in the cultural life of our state. Grants are competitive and peer-reviewed; require applicants to address specific criteria; exemplify high standards of excellence in artistry and administration; and leverage private sector support in the form of matching goods and services.

  9. The Arts Council is the only Division within the Department of Cultural Resources to be faced with a State appropriation cut this year.