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Department of State

New Jersey Cultural Trust

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary
Batsto Village

New Jersey Cultural Trust

Public Meeting Notice

The New Jersey Cultural Trust will hold its next meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. by telephone. Those wishing to join the meeting should dial 866-590-5055, Access Code 4066851.

The New Jersey Cultural Trust was created in July 2000 as a public/private partnership to help ensure a stable and healthy nonprofit cultural industry in New Jersey that is sustainable even in the toughest of economic times.

The Trust provides grants to support capital projects, endowments and institutional and financial stabilization of arts, history and humanities organizations in New Jersey. Funding for the grants comes from interest earned on the Cultural Trust Fund, which is a permanent investment fund.

The Mission

The mission of the Cultural Trust is to ensure a stable and healthy cultural industry in New Jersey that is sustainable under fluctuating economic conditions through the establishment of permanent, interest-generating funds to be an additional source of revenue to nonprofit arts, history and humanities organizations.

Board of Trustees

Bette C. Daniele, Chair
Deborah R. Bozarth, Vice Chair,
Carol Cronheim, Secretary
Tom Carroll, Board Member
Amelia Gold, Board Member
Jill Morton, Board Member

ex officio members
Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Staff Contact List

Sara Cureton, Executive Director

Dina Erickson, Grants Manager


Cultural Trust Webinar

FY 2021 Capital Facilities & Institutional/Financial Stabilization Grants for Arts Organizations

Rotating every year with the NJ Historic Trust and NJ Council on the Arts, FY 2021 is a NJ Council on the Arts year for Capital Facilities & Institutional/Financial Stabilization Grants. To be eligible, an organization must first be designated as "qualified" by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

For FY 2021, a qualified organization may submit an application for only one of the following two eligible projects:

  1. Accessibility Project: a project that improves access to an arts organization’s facility or services for people with disabilities.
  2. Institutional/Financial Stabilization Project: a project that addresses financial and operational challenges or helps build greater operational capacity.

Priority: For this round, the Cultural Trust is placing a priority on applications for projects that improve a qualified arts organization’s physical accessibility or patron services in support of its Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Plan.

Important deadlines:

  • January 16, 2020 - Notice of Intent (NOI) available in SAGE.
  • February 20, 2020 - Notice of Intent is due (required but non-binding). The Council will not accept a Cultural Trust Application that was not preceded by a NOI.
  • February 20, 2020 - Deadline for applications submitted to the Cultural Trust for Qualification.
  • March 12, 2020 - Application available in SAGE for eligible applicants.
  • April 9, 2020 - Applications due from eligible applicants.
  • May to June 2020 - Council convenes peer panels, craft recommendations.
  • July 2020 - Council votes on award recommendations
  • Fall 2020 - Cultural Trust will take action on and announce grants.

Important documents:

Application for Qualification

FY 2021 New Jersey Cultural Trust Grant Guidelines

Awards to Support Diverse Improvement and Restoration Projects across New Jersey


Page Last Updated: 03/12/20



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