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

Tel: (609) 292-6130
Fax: (609) 989-1440
NJ Relay: 711

Grant Opportunities
Current Grant Opportunities
Guidelines and applications are available in the following grant categories for Fiscal Year 2017. Please read specific eligibility criteria carefully.
General Operating Support (GOS)

Application Deadline:
The Application Deadline has passed. Please check back for information about future GOS grants.

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.
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General Program Support (GPS)

Application Deadline:
The Application Deadline has passed. Please check back for information about future GPS grants.

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.
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Arts Project Support (APS)

Application Deadline:
The Application Deadline has passed. Please check back for information about future APS grants.

Support for single arts events, such as a concert, theatre production, exhibition or dance performance. Organizations currently receiving General Operating Support (GOS) or General Program Support (GPS) are not permitted to also apply for APS grants except in Folk Arts.
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Folk Arts Apprenticeships

Application Deadline:
The Application Deadline has passed. Please check back for information about future Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants.

Awarded to individuals to encourage the preservation of valued, traditional art forms by providing stipends to master folk artists who help apprentices develop important skills. The application process requires that each apprentice apply with a master artist as a team. Workshops for individuals and teams seeking assistance with the application process will be held around the state by Arts Council staff.
Artists in Education (AIE)

Application Deadline:
The Application Deadline has passed. Please check back for information about future AIE grants.

AIE is the cornerstone of the Arts Council Arts Education Program and is cosponsored with Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennslyvania. Through this Artists-in-Education Residency grant program practicing professional artists are placed in long-term residencies (20-100 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.
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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
The annual grant cycle begins with the distribution of Guidelines in early November, followed by Grant Workshops, which are held statewide throughout November and December. A Notice of Intent to Apply is required for most grant applications and is due in December. The full application is due in January. 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. For example, the applications of all symphonies, orchestras, choral groups and chamber groups are reviewed by a panel of music and music organization experts. The panels convene in Trenton throughout the spring and evaluate the applications in strict accordance to the following criteria as published in the Guidelines. They look for:

  • High artistic quality in pursuit of a mission that provides/creates public benefit and value
  • Significant public benefit and broad accessibility based on sound understanding of who is/will be served that is clear, measured and documented
  • Sound governance, management and operations based on sound strategic planning
  • Fiscal soundness and accountability with evidence of broad and diverse financial support
  • Commitment to arts education and to providing opportunities for meaningful arts learning
  • Commitment to raising public understanding and valuation of the arts, artists and arts education and advocating for their support
  • Leadership in meeting statewide Council priorities and developing and sharing models and best practices.

The peer review panels provide extensive evaluations that are captured in writing in the form of a consensus report, which is a body of evaluative commentary upon which ALL panelists agree. They also numerically rank the applications and the rankings are averaged. 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.
Past Grants Awarded
For a listing of the Council recent grants made to organizations, projects and individual artists click on the appropriate heading below: