Frequently Asked Questions

What are the chances of getting funded?

Obtaining a grant from the NHSCOT FUND is a competitive process. This effects the amount of grants that can be funded.

Does the NHSCOT FUND make grants to individuals?

Yes. The FUND supports the study of Scottish performing arts and cultural activities.

Does the event or field of study have to be related to Scottish heritage?

Yes. The primary beneficiaries of the grant must fall with our mission statement guidelines to preserve Scottish heritage.

If I’m interested in applying for a grant, what are the first things I should do?

Once you have determined that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for a grant from the NHSCOT FUND, begin outlining the general parameters of your application: what are the goals, how much funding do you need, and how long is needed for the event/field of study. Submit your application with any required supporting materials.

What is the process for reviewing grant applications?

After your grant application is submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement letter. The FUND committee may require additional information.  The grant application will be placed on the docket for decision making at the next upcoming committee meeting. Committee meetings are regularly scheduled in February, May, August and November.  On occasion, a regular meeting must be postponed, so please plan appropriately.

When and how will I find out the decision on my grant application?

In a few cases, grant application will be administratively declined because the request falls clearly outside the FUND guidelines or for lack of funds. In this case, the applicant will be notified of the declination as soon as possible. In all other cases, final disposition will be given to applicants as soon as possible after a decision has been made. Dispositions may include approval, declination, or deferral to a future board meeting. While the NHSCOT FUND committee chair will be available to provide assistance and answer questions, please refrain from inquiring about the disposition of your grant application; the FUND will notify you of its decision as soon after the committee meeting as possible.

If my application is approved, what happens next?

Grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement that will specify the terms of the grant including timeframe and any applicable conditions. Once this agreement is signed, a check will be mailed after which the grantee must provide a formal written acknowledgement of receipt of the contribution. Grantees will be expected to provide a written final report to be submitted within two months after completion of the grant. Some grants may contain additional reporting requirements. Failure to meet the requirements of the grant agreement will jeopardize future grants from the FUND.

Are consideration made outside of the usual timeframe?

Yes.  If you have a request that would be considered an “emergency” outside of our timeframe, you have the opportunity to apply.  Submit your application with any required supporting materials. If you have any questions, please contact our office for more information.

Who should I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about the NHSCOT FUND, please contact:  Cinda D’Amante, Chair at 603-491-0415 or

What are ineligible requests?

The Fund will not consider grants for the following types of activities or entities:

  • Organizations that discriminate in either policy or practics again people because of their age, race, national origin, ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation or diasability;
  • Programs that proselytize or promote religious doctrine;
  • Sponorships for fundraising events;
  • Granting travel to competitors coming to the NHHG&F