Department of State
FAQ’s – Impact of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 on New Jersey Department of State operations and/or services.
- What budget area(s) and/or agencies under the Department of State’s purview will be impacted by the $787 economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009?What budget area(s) and/or agencies under the Department of State’s purview will be impacted by the $787 economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009?Two specific budget areas stand to be directly and indirectly impacted: The New Jersey branch of the national AmeriCorps Program, which is housed under the Department of State, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.
- How will New Jersey’s AmeriCorps Program benefit?How will New Jersey’s AmeriCorps Program benefit?While not a direct appropriation for New Jersey’s AmeriCorps Program, the stimulus bill appropriates $201 million nationally to the Corporation for National and Community Service. These funds will place approximately 16,000 additional AmeriCorps members to work meeting the needs of vulnerable populations and communities hit particularly hard by the current national economic recession.
New Jersey’s AmeriCorps Program has been allocated $839,218 in increased funding based upon an established population funding formula. This is in addition to having increased opportunities to apply for competitive funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Only CURRENT GRANTEES are eligible to apply for additional AmeriCorps members through the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, which is part of the New Jersey Department of State. You may go to the national website at www.nationalservice.org or contact the New Jersey Commission by phone at (609) 633-9629.
- How will the New Jersey Council on the Arts benefitHow will the New Jersey Council on the Arts benefitThe federal stimulus bill includes a $50 million allocation for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Forty-percent (40%) of the funding will be distributed through state and regional arts agencies and, as we understand at this time, awarded using existing grant-making procedures. Nationally, the $50 million will go to support arts projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn. New Jersey will receive at least $336,900 from the stimulus package. This funding will allow the New Jersey Arts Council to help make up some of the losses in funding experienced by arts organizations statewide, thus helping to preserve valuable jobs in New Jersey’s diverse cultural community. New Jersey’s non-profit arts industry generates $1.5 billion in economic impact, returns $36 million in State tax revenue, employs 82,000 workers, and helps support 17,000 businesses.
Additionally, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts is currently ranked among the top state arts agencies nationally by the NEA, and therefore stands to possibly benefit from a considerable percentage of the funds awarded based on the merit of the Council’s programs.