Grant Opportunities for Organizations
Chief among the many programs and services of the Council is its Organizational Grant Program. Through this multifaceted package of matching grants informed by the needs of the field, the Council assists eligible organizations in fulfilling our intersecting missions of service to the people of New Jersey through the arts.
To be eligible organizations must:
- Have an arts mission for the organization, program or project
- Be incorporated in New Jersey as a nonprofit organization, be a college or university, or a unit of government
- Have tax exempt status with the IRS
- Be in existence for at least two years with a two-year track record of public programming or services
- Have an active governing board
- Serve audiences in a multi-county region of the state. Organizations or projects that serve audiences primarily within the boundaries of a single county are directed to apply to their respective County Arts Agency, which annually receive Arts Council funding for support of local arts programs.
Current FY15 Grants Available
Guidelines and applications are available in the following grant categories for Fiscal Year 2015. Please read specific eligibility criteria carefully.
Arts Project Support (APS)
Support for single arts events, such as a concert, theatre production, exhibition or dance performance.
General Operating Support (GOS)
NOTE: Only those GOS applicants not funded in this category in FY14 are eligible to re-apply for GOS funding in the FY15 cycle. If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact Council staff. The next three-year cycle begins in FY17.
Awarded to New Jersey based, nonprofit, arts-missioned organizations to help underwrite the expense of their total operation including the expense of producing and presenting arts events.
General Program Support (GPS)
NOTE: Only those GPS applicants not funded in this category in FY14 are eligible to re-apply for GPS funding in the FY15 cycle. If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact Council staff. The next three-year cycle begins in FY17.
Awarded to New Jersey based, nonprofit organizations, agencies, institutions, or units of local government to help underwrite the expense of presenting major, on-going arts programs. This grant category is open to a variety of organizations that produce or present on-going public arts programs.
- December 18, 2013 – Notice of Intent to Apply
- February 5, 2014 – Grant Applications Submitted
Guidelines and Applications
FY15 Grant Funding Guidelines – Overview
So that you may be fully informed, please be sure to read the entire Funding Guidelines document before selecting a grant category below.
Other Council Funding Programs
Critical Financial Services Program
Cosponsored with the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), this program is aimed at gaining a comprehensive understanding of the financial health and trends of the nonprofit arts industry in New Jersey and assisting organizations in achieving greater financial health. NFF is reviewing the annual financial audits for all General Operating and General Program Support applicants/ grantees with the summarization of audits shared with the grant review panels. NFF is also databasing the audit information, which is enabling financial trend analysis of the field and segments of the field. During a rigorous review process, the Council identifies organizations that have the potential to benefit from a deeper Nonprofit Business Analysis based on five years of financial data for an organization. The Analysis results in a report by
NFF providing recommendations to the organization on how it might achieve greater financial health
Cultural Trust Institutional & Financial Stabilization Grants
Operated in collaboration with the New Jersey Cultural Trust and the New Jersey Historical Commission, this program provides Cultural Trust grants for projects that help organizations increase their financial and operational stability and build their capacity. The Arts Council designs and manages the program that solicits and reviews applications from arts organizations and recommends awards to the Cultural Trust. To be eligible an organization first be designated as "qualified" by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.
Southern New Jersey Staffing Initiative
This provides multi-year support to General Operating and General Program Support grantees of the Council or of the County Arts Agencies in the southern eight counties to add, expand or enhance a staff position in order to build their capacity to serve their communities.
One vitally important way that the Council achieves its goals of service to the needs of the entire state is through a battery of cosponsored projects in priority areas, such as arts education, services to artists, access and regional service, arts marketing and promotion and more. By partnering with other organizations that share the same goals, the Council is able to widen the resources applied to the issue and build a statewide infrastructure of support. These grant funds leverage others and make for more efficient and cost effective use of public funds.