The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Mercer County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders have made funds available for support of the Arts through a State/County Block Grant Partnership for Arts Organizations and County Arts Agencies. The three-year block grant is an essential part of the State arts community and a most effective vehicle through which to promote the programs of local arts groups. Applications are carefully evaluated to insure programs of high quality, ethnic diversity and community participation with maximum availability and accessibility to all county residents. The grants are intended to promote the growth and expand the public impact of community arts organizations and community arts projects. FY17 Grant Guidelines and FY17 Grant Applications are available online in Word and PDF. Check the FY16 LAP Grant Calendar for program deadlines.

Eligibility Requirements:

The application process is open to all Mercer County based non-profit organization that are 501(c) (3) or 501(c) (4) non-profit tax-exempt that have been in operation for a minimum of one (1) year. Applicants cannot be funded or apply to both the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts during the same funding year. Grantees must comply with Labor Standards under section 5(1) of the National Foundation of Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1993, and may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or disability.

All grants applied for through this program are matching grants. Documentation of all grant and match expenses will be required in the final report at the conclusion of the grant cycle.

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Grant Categories:

The categories for the grants are Special Projects Support, General Operating Support, or Technical Assistance. An organization may only apply for one category in any given grant year.

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Funding Process:

The funding process followed by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission is similar to that of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. A panel that reflects the arts community in respect to artists, arts disciplines and the county community review the grants. Panel members are selected to reflect the viewpoints of professional, aesthetic, geographic, minority, disabled and special constituencies. They are familiar with the programs that Mercer County supports.

Based on application and support materials, information gained from program evaluations, funding priorities and evaluation criteria provided with the grant guidelines, panelists are asked to rank each application. The Cultural and Heritage Commission make final funding decisions using the information received from the grant review panel in addition to their own further review of applications.

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Grant applications:

Grant applications are available online and completed applications (original plus 12 copies) can be mailed or hand delivered to the office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission
640 South Broad Street, Room 417
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650

For more information or questions, please call (609) 989-6899 or (609) 278-2712.

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