Contact The NJ State Council
on the Arts
Mailing Address:
NJ State Council on the Arts
P.O. Box 306
Trenton, NJ 08625-0306

Office Address:
225 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

Tel: (609) 292-6130
Fax: (609) 989-1440
NJ Relay: 711


Grant Opportunities

All of the programs and services of the Council focus its modest financial and human resources on enabling the cultural community of New Jersey to create those public values for the benefit of all New Jerseyans, both those that are intrinsic and those that are instrumental such as fostering quality education, stimulating economic development, bolstering tourism and building NJ pride.

The Council does so in ways that express its own set of public values: equal access, fair decision-making based on independent evaluation, uniform criteria and funding principles, and full public accountability. A great many of its programs and services are carried out in partnership and collaborations with literally dozens of other organizations statewide.

Grant Application Process
The annual grant cycle begins with the distribution of Guidelines in early November, followed by Grant Workshops, which are held statewide throughout November and December. A Notice of Intent to Apply is required for most grant applications and is due in December. The full application is due in January. Specific dates vary year-to-year.

Grant applications are read, discussed and evaluated by peer review panels made up of independent experts in each of the different categories and disciplines of the applicant pool. For example, the applications of all symphonies, orchestras, choral groups and chamber groups are reviewed by a panel of music and music organization experts. The panels convene in Trenton throughout the spring and evaluate the applications in strict accordance to the following criteria as published in the Guidelines. They look for:

  • High artistic quality in pursuit of a mission that provides/creates public benefit and value
  • Significant public benefit and broad accessibility based on sound understanding of who is/will be served that is clear, measured and documented
  • Sound governance, management and operations based on sound strategic planning
  • Fiscal soundness and accountability with evidence of broad and diverse financial support
  • Commitment to arts education and to providing opportunities for meaningful arts learning
  • Commitment to raising public understanding and valuation of the arts, artists and arts education and advocating for their support
  • Leadership in meeting statewide Council priorities and developing and sharing models and best practices.

The peer review panels provide extensive evaluations that are captured in writing in the form of a consensus report, which is a body of evaluative commentary upon which ALL panelists agree. They also numerically rank the applications and the rankings are averaged. Once all applications are evaluated by all panels, the consensus comments and rankings are forwarded to the Council's Grants Committee for deliberation in forming recommendations to the full Council. The Committee bases its work on funding principles it adopts respective of how best to invest public dollars in organizations and projects that provide high quality programs and great public benefit. The Council holds its Annual Meeting (generally the last Tuesday in July) to vote on and award grants.
Past Grants Awarded
For a listing of the Council recent grants made to organizations, projects and individual artists click on the appropriate heading below: