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

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
Grant Opportunities for Organizations

Chief among the many programs and services of the Council is its Organizational Grant Program. Through this multifaceted package of matching grants informed by the needs of the field, the Council assists eligible organizations in fulfilling our intersecting missions of service to the people of New Jersey through the arts.

Current Grant Opportunities
Guidelines and applications are available in the following grant categories for Fiscal Year 2021. Please read specific eligibility criteria carefully.
Coronavirus Relief Fund Grants

Per legislative directive, the Arts Council will distribute $7.5 million in federal funding to support nonprofit arts organizations in need. These funds are a portion of federal block grant funds allocated to the State from the federal “Coronavirus Relief Fund” established pursuant to the federal “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act),” Pub.L.116-136.

The CRF Grant Program funds will be awarded by the Arts Council as one-time, non-matching grants to eligible nonprofit, arts-missioned organizations.

Funds awarded through this grant program are for the period August 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021.

Important Deadlines:
May/June 2021: Open office hours for technical assistance
June 23, 2021, 2021: Application due by 4:00 PM EST
July 2021: Council Grants Committee review
July 2021: Award recommendations made at Council Annual Meeting

CRF Grant Guidelines - English
CRF Grant Guidelines - Spanish
CRF Schedule of Technical Assistance
CRF Grant Program Worksheet
CRF Grant Program FAQ

Additional Resources Referenced in the Guidelines:
CRF Grant Application Technical Assistance Webinar
Step-by-Step Guide to Using SAGE Grants System
NJSTART Quick Reference Guide
NJ Division of Revenue
NJ Division of Consumer Affairs (Charities Registration)

Poetry Out Loud – Council Seeking Partner

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. The national Poetry Out Loud program is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies of the United States.

In New Jersey, POL is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (the Council) in collaboration with regional partners (nonprofit arts education and performing arts organizations), ArtPride NJ Foundation, and CavanKerry Press. Together, they organize New Jersey’s 21 counties by geographic region - in response to a growing participation base. POL is open to all public, charter, parochial school and home school students grades 9-12, or the age/grade equivalent. In New Jersey, middle schools are invited to implement the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud (NJPOL) curriculum; however, they are not eligible to participate in the contests.

The Council is seeking proposals from an organization to serve as lead partner to work in collaboration with the State Arts Council to manage, strengthen, and grow NJPOL within the framework and mission of the host organization and Council priorities.

Important Deadlines:
March 17, 2021: RFP opens
April 2021: Open office hours for technical assistance
April 22, 2021, 2021: Application due by 4:00 PM EST
April/May 2021: Peer panel deliberation
June 2021: Council Grants Committee review
July 2021: FY22 award recommendations made at Council Annual Meeting

NJPOL RFP – English
NJPOL RFP – Spanish
NJPOL RFP Technical Assistance

Arts Education Special Initiative Grants (AESI)

New Jersey arts organizations and units of government, colleges, or universities with an arts education-based mission are invited to apply for this grant program to support new or expanded programs that make substantial contributions to quality arts education in schools and youth agencies. 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.

Grants available through this application are for the period July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

Important Deadlines:
February 3, 2021: Notice of Intent due by 4:00 PM EST
February 11, 2021: FY22 application opens for eligible organizations
February/March 2021: Open office hours for technical assistance
March 25, 2021: Application due by 4:00 PM EST
April/May 2021: Peer panel deliberation
June 2021: Council Grants Committee review
July 2021: FY22 award recommendations made at Council Annual Meeting

AESI Grant Guidelines – English
AESI Grant Guidelines – Spanish
AESI Grant Application Technical Assistance
Future Grant Opportunities
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

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.

Application Deadline: The Application Deadline for FY21 has passed.

Projects Serving Artists Grant Guidelines

PSA Technical Support Video

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.

To learn more about the Cultural Trust grant opportunity, visit the Cultural Trust website.
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.
Supporting Documents
Other Council Funding Programs
Cosponsored Projects

One vitally important way that the Council achieves its goals of service to the needs of the entire state is through a battery of cosponsored projects in priority areas, such as arts education, services to artists, access and regional service, arts marketing and promotion and more. By partnering with other organizations that share the same goals, the Council is able to widen the resources applied to the issue and build a statewide infrastructure of support. These grant funds leverage others and make for more efficient and cost effective use of public funds.
Learn More on Cosponsored Projects