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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
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State Arts Council Announces Grant Opportunities for Organizations

Application Workshops to Be Offered Across the State

(November 16, 2011 Trenton, NJ) Guidelines and application information for grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts are now available. The Fiscal Year 2013 (7/1/12 – 6/30/13) Organizational Grant Program, informed by the needs of the arts industry and the public, is designed to assist eligible organizations in serving the people of New Jersey through the arts. The following categories of support are offered in this round of funding:

  • General Operating Support (GOS) is available for NJ based, nonprofit, arts-missioned organizations to help support their overall operations.
  • General Program Support (GPS) is available for NJ based, nonprofit organizations, colleges, or units of local government to help support on-going public arts programs.

    NOTE: Only new applications for GOS and GPS will be accepted this year. Current GOS and GPS grantees need not reapply this year.
  • Arts Education Special Initiatives (AESI) help support school-based projects of arts non-profits that make substantial contributions to quality arts education.
  • Arts Project Support (APS) is available for NJ based, nonprofit organizations, colleges, or units of local government to help support a single arts event.

In order to be eligible for Council grants, an applicant must be a private nonprofit organization incorporated in New Jersey, a unit of local government, or a college/university; be tax-exempt by determination of the IRS; be registered with the New Jersey Charities Registration Bureau; be in existence and providing public arts programs or services for at least two years; and demonstrate that its activities serve a multi-county region of the state.

A Notice of Intent to Apply must be submitted through the Arts Council’s electronic application system by December 14, 2011. Applications must also be submitted through the electronic system. GOS, GPS and APS applications and are due by February 15, 2012. AESI applications are due February 22, 2012. Interested organizations can access the grant guidelines and application information on the Arts Council website.

Free workshops to provide prospective applicants with technical assistance and guidance will be conducted by Arts Council staff around the state on the following dates:

November 29th, 10:30am– 12:30pm, Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, Millville
December 2nd, 10:30am–12:30pm, Two River Theater, Red Bank
December 5th, 2:00– 4:00pm, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark
December 6th, 2:00– 4:00pm, State Theatre, New Brunswick
December 7th, 10:30am–12:30pm, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Trenton

To register for a workshop, please email or call 609.984.7127. All workshop sites are accessible; those in need of accommodations should contact the Council two weeks before the workshop date. For questions about these or any other Arts Council programs and services, please contact a member of the Council staff.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is a division of the NJ Department of State. It receives funding in direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1966, its volunteer members and professional staff have worked to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by helping the arts to flourish. For more information about the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, please visit Further information regarding the arts in New Jersey is found on an interactive website,, and available on a toll-free hotline 1-800- THE ARTS.