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

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

Grant Opportunities
Current Grant Opportunities
Guidelines and applications are available in the following grant categories for Fiscal Year 2019. Please read specific eligibility criteria carefully.
Folk Arts Apprenticeships

Application Deadline: April 5, 2018

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.

*New this year, all applications must be submitted through the SAGE system. To get registered for the first time, contact Pat Hamilton-Ross at 609-633-1273 or

Click here to go directly to SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically). 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)

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 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.

Application Deadline: The Application Deadline has passed.
Please check back for information about future Artists in Education grants.

more information on Artists in Education Grants
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 for information about future Arts Project Support grants.

more information on Arts Education Special Initiative Grants
Future Grant Opportunities
Arts Project Support (APS)

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.

Important Deadlines:
The Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline has passed.

Application Submission: The Application Deadline has passed.
Please check back for information about future Arts Project Support grants.

more information on Arts Project Support Grants
General Operating Support (GOS)

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.

Important Deadlines:
GOS grants are typically awarded on a three-year cycle. This program will be available again for Fiscal Year 2020.

more information on General Operating Support Grants
General Program Support (GPS)

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.

Important Deadlines:
GPS grants are typically awarded on a three-year cycle. This program will be available again for Fiscal Year 2020.

more information on General Program Support Grants
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.
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: