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Department of State

New Jersey Cultural Trust

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary
Batsto Village

New Jersey Cultural Trust

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

FY 2020 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants for History and Humanities Organizations

Rotating every year with the NJ Historic Trust and NJ Council on the Arts, FY 2020 is a NJ Historical Commission year for Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants. The program is designed to assist groups in addressing financial and operational challenges that threaten their stability and to help build greater operational capacity to manage and advance their work and achieve their missions. To be eligible, an organization must first be designated as "qualified" by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

Important deadlines:

  • June 14, 2019 – Deadline to be designated a Qualified Organization by the NJ Cultural Trust
  • July 8, 2019 – Declarations of Intent to Apply due
  • August 8, 2019 – Full Applications due

Important documents:

Application for Qualification

SAGE Guide for Completing FY 2020 Cultural Trust IFS Declaration of Intent

SAGE Guide for Initiating and Completing FY 2020 Cultural Trust History Institutional and Financial Stabilization Application

FY 2020 New Jersey Cultural Trust Grant Guidelines

Awards to Support Diverse Improvement and Restoration Projects across New Jersey


Page Last Updated: 09/11/19



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