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
Directions

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

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
Grant Opportunities
Current Grant Opportunities
Guidelines and applications are available in the following grant categories for Fiscal Year 2021. Please read specific eligibility criteria carefully.
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 Foundation.

To learn more about the FY21 opportunity, visit the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.
Future Grant Opportunities
Artists in Education (AIE)

AIE is the cornerstone of the Arts Council Arts Education Program and is cosponsored with Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Through this annual grant program, practicing professional artists are placed in long-term residencies (20+ days) in schools across the state. Residencies are offered in all disciplines and at all grade levels. All schools can apply for one-year residencies.

Application Deadline: The Application Deadline has passed.Please check back in Fall 2020 for information about the FY21 AIE grant opportunity.

Artists in Education Grants Guidelines
Artists in Education Grant Application
Mural Arts Addendum


Artists in Education Residency Grant Program Information

Arts Education Special Initiative Grants (AESI)

Recipients of GOS or GPS are eligible to apply for this to support new or expanded programs that make substantial contributions to quality arts education in schools. This grant category intends to aid arts organizations in developing their full potential as community resources to educational systems throughout New Jersey and create a stronger infrastructure for arts education statewide.


Application Deadline: The Application Deadline has passed.
Please check back in Fall 2020 for information about the FY22 AESI grant opportunity.

More information on Arts Education Special Initiative Grants
Arts Project Support (APS)

Arts Project Support (APS) provides support for a project that meets the Council’s eligibility requirements. A project is defined as a public activity or event that occurs once during the year either as a single day or weekend presentation, or a series of the same presentation occurring within a very limited and specific timeframe (12-weeks or less). Priority will be given to projects that provide opportunities to engage new voices, reach new communities, or encourage innovation in the field.

This category does not support on-going or multiple programs or the general operations of an organization. GOS and GPS grantees are not eligible to apply for APS grants except in Folk Arts.

Application Deadline: The Application Deadline for FY20 has passed.

Arts Project Support FY20 Grant Guidelines

FY20 Grant Application Webinar

Cultural Trust Grants to Arts Organizations

The Trust provides grants to support capital projects, and institutional and financial stabilization of arts, history, and humanities organizations in New Jersey. Funding for grants comes from interest earned on the Cultural Trust Fund, which is a permanent investment fund. For this round, an organization must fulfill a primary arts mission through active programs and services.

To learn more about the FY21 grant opportunity, visit the Cultural Trust website.
General Operating Support (GOS)

GOS grants are 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. GOS grants are typically awarded with a three-year commitment, subject to contract stipulations and available funds.

Application Deadline: The Application Deadline for FY20 has passed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for information about the FY23 General Operating Support Grant opportunity.

General Operating Support FY20 Grant Guidelines

FY20 Grant Application Webinar

General Program Support (GPS)

GPS grants are 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. GPS grants are typically awarded with a three-year commitment, subject to contract stipulations and available funds.

Application Deadline: The Application Deadline for FY20 has passed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for information about the FY23 General Program Support Grant opportunity.

General Program Support FY20 Grant Guidelines

FY20 Grant Application Webinar

Folk Arts Apprenticeships

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, anyone interested in the status of this grant program should contact Council staff.

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Guidelines

Projects Serving Artists (PSA)

Projects Serving Artists (PSA) grants provide support for a project that meets the Council’s eligibility requirements.  A project is defined as a program that offers technical support or services to artists who reside in New Jersey or whose work has or will benefit New Jersey residents. The project must demonstrate direct benefit to New Jersey artists.  Applicants may request up to 50% of the project’s expenses and the grant is to be matched 1:1 ($1 earned or raised and spent per $1 received from the Council).

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: specialized space for creating, practicing, or producing work; and assistance or training in areas of marketing, legal issues, accounting, insurance, technology, and/or artist career development skills.

This category does not support the commissioning of new work, “networking” opportunities, or projects that mainly support, engage, or further compensate the artistic leadership of an organization.  Applicants unclear about the eligibility of a project should contact Council staff.

Current Local Arts Program grantees are not eligible to apply for PSA grants.

Applicants should consult the Frequently Asked Questions document for additional guidance and support.

Projects Serving Artists Grant Guidelines

PSA Technical Support Video

Grant Programs & Services
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 for Organizations
The grant cycle for GOS, GPS, PSA and APS begins with the distribution of Guidelines in early November, followed by Technical Assistance Webinars and Workshops, which are held statewide. A Notice of Intent to Apply is required for most grant applications and is due in December. The full application is due in February. 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. The panels convene in Trenton throughout the spring and evaluate the applications in strict accordance to the criteria as published in the Guidelines.

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. Following the Annual Meeting, all applicants will receive a decision letter that includes the grant amount, if awarded, and consensus comments.
This Year’s Council Grantees
Past Grants Awarded
For a listing of the Council recent grants made to organizations, projects and individual artists click on the appropriate heading below: