Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant Program

The Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant recognizes the important contribution of working artists to the cultural life of the region by providing an annual financial award to promote the artistic growth of visual artists and craftspeople. The purpose of the award is not to reward past work, but to recognize the applicant best positioned to continue the improvement of their artistic career.

  • Geographic focus

    The applicant must have been a permanent resident in the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Piscataqua Region for at least two full years prior to applying, and must plan to maintain permanent residence in the region during the entire grant period.

  • Eligibility

    Please refer to the Eligibility and Terms to determine eligibility.

  • Grant amount

    Up to $25,000. Additionally up to three finalists may be recognized with $1,000 each.

  • Previous recipients

    2015: Cheryle St. Onge of Durham, NH – photographer

    2014: Lauren Gillette of York, Maine – conceptual artist

    2013: Justin Kirchoff of Eliot, Maine – photographer

    2012: Bear Kirkpatrick of Dover, NH – digital media artist

    2011: Kim Bernard of North Berwick, Maine – kinetic sculpture and installation artist

    2010: Gail Spaien of Kittery, Maine – painter and installation artist

    2009: Lynn Szymanski of Rollinsford, NH – wood and mixed media furniture and sculpture

    2008: Ross Cisneros of Milton, NH – new media

    2007: Kirsten Reynolds of Newmarket, NH – installation, sculpture, photography and digital images

    2006: Barbara Rita Jenny of Portsmouth, NH – digital print making and installation

    2005: Tim Gaudreau of Portsmouth, NH – eco-art

    2004: Maureen Mills of Portsmouth, NH – hand thrown and altered stoneware

    2003: Katherine Doyle of New Castle, NH – painting and drawing

    2002: Gary Haven Smith of Northwood, NH – stone sculpture

  • Application deadline

    Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00 pm Eastern time

Application and grant process

Step 1

Learn more about the program and review process and determine eligibility.

Read the Eligibility and Terms and the Frequently Asked Questions documents.

Step 2

Prepare your application materials.

Applications are submitting using the online application management system, SlideRoom.  It is recommended that you prepare your questions and supporting materials prior to beginning the online application. Review application questions and requirements. Applicants will be able to copy and paste answers into the application. You may go to SlideRoom to create an account anytime.  All applications must be submitted through SlideRoom.

Step 3

Complete online application by 5:00 pm Eastern time on Friday, April 28, 2017. 

The online application will be available on February 24, 2017

Step 4

Receive Funding.

If your application was funded, you will be notified no later than August. Funds are generally released in September or October.

Step 5

Participate in recognition event.

The Charitable Foundation will recognize the awardee and finalists at a reception in October.

Step 6


You will be asked to submit a report six months into the funding period (usually April) and at the end of your funding period.

We're here to help

  • Maria Sillari
  • Consultant
Simon Delekta
  • Simon Delekta
  • Senior Program Officer, Piscataqua Region