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:
33 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

Tel: (609) 292-6130
NJ Relay: 711

Grant Opportunities for Artists
To stay informed about future grant opportunities, be sure to sign up for the Council’s newsletter. If you have questions about these programs, please contact Council staff.

The nearly 50,000 professional artists who call New Jersey home form the very heart of the cultural community of this state. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when one considers the thousands more for whom artistic creation, performance and interpretation are a vocational, cultural, religious or recreational interest of the highest personal and community priority. Artists are the creative capital of our communities and this is why it is the Arts Council's goal to promote them, encourage them, assist them to achieve their highest ambitions and help a wider public understand and appreciate all that artists do to make New Jersey a better place.

The Council supports artists in several important ways, through a wide array of programs and services that recognizes, encourages and showcases their talents. In turn, such recognition brings their work to the attention of organizations and communities everywhere to embrace and support this remarkable "creative capital" that helps make New Jersey great.
Individual Artist Fellowship Awards

Highly competitive awards to New Jersey artists in 12 different arts disciplines awarded solely on independent peer panel assessment of work samples submitted. The anonymous process is focused solely on artistic quality, and awards may be used to help artists produce new work and advance their careers. This program is carried out in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts.

Applications are now closed. To learn more about the Fellowship program, visit the Mid Atlantic Arts website.

New Jersey Heritage Fellowship

To honor and preserve our State’s highly diverse cultural heritage, the Council will award New Jersey Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships recognize artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our state’s traditional arts heritage. Heritage Fellowship Awards are one-time, $20,000 awards to individual practicing New Jersey folk and traditional artists to help them pursue their artistic goals.

Artists may use Heritage Fellowship awards to pursue work in their artistic discipline, including purchasing supplies, renting studio space, otherwise freeing their time. Fellowship funds may not be used for travel outside of the country, study as a matriculated student in either a graduate or undergraduate program, or to purchase permanent equipment (equipment with a resale value exceeding $350 or having a life span over three years).

Please reach out to Kim Nguyen, Program Officer for Folk & Traditional Arts ( | 609-292-4495), with questions about the Heritage Fellowship.

Applications are now closed. For more information, be sure to sign up for the Council’s newsletter.

Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships

Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants encourage communities to continue passing on their valued traditions in traditional settings, by providing stipends so that master folk artists can help apprentices develop greater skill.

The Council awards grants to successful apprentice applicants to support his/her learning time; an appropriate fee to compensate the master for his/her time; with the remainder used for travel, materials, or supplies.

Please reach out to Kim Nguyen ( | 609-292-4495) with questions about the Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship.

Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY23 Guidelines - English
Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY23 Guidelines – Spanish
Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY23 Application Technical Assistance
Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY23 Technical Assistance Video
Clement A. Price Arts Management Intern Program

Please note: The Price Arts Management Intern program is not accepting applications at this time. For updates on when the program will reopen applications, please subscribe to the Council’s Opportunities for the Field Newsletter.

This program is named in honor of Dr. Clement Alexander Price (1945-2014), former Council Chair, beloved friend of the arts community and an unparalleled force of knowledge, humanitarianism and leadership.

Administered as a cosponsored program, the objectives of the program are as follows:
  • to provide practical experience to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other applicants who intend to pursue careers in arts-related professions;
  • to provide an opportunity to learn about and contribute to State Arts Council operations, grants and programs, communications and artist services;
  • to provide New Jersey arts organizations with a potential pool of promising future arts administrators

For more information please contact Samantha Clarke at 609-984-7019 or