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Department of State

New Jersey Cultural Trust

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State
Cold Spring Village

Grant Opportunities

The Cultural Trust’s grant programs further the Trust’s mission of ensuring a stable and healthy nonprofit cultural industry in New Jersey by supporting projects that build organizations’ financial and institutional stability and capacity, and by funding important capital projects.

The Cultural Trust offers three different grant programs on a rotating basis, typically with one program offered each fiscal year:

All Cultural Trust grants are one-year-long project-based grants. No match is required for any of the Cultural Trust’s grant programs.

In order to be eligible for any Cultural Trust grant program, an organization must first be designated qualified by the Cultural Trust. Learn more about qualification.

In each program, the guidelines and application are developed by one of the Cultural Trust’s recommending agencies. The recommending agency accepts applications and oversees the independent panel review process, then determines which applications should be recommended to receive Cultural Trust funding. These recommendations are submitted to the Cultural Trust Board for final approval.

IFS Arts

Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants for Arts Organizations address the financial and institutional challenges that threaten nonprofit arts organizations’ stability and help them build greater operational capacity to manage and advance their work. Grants are available within the following categories:

  • Establishing, replenishing or growing a working capital fund/cash reserve
  • Debt/deficit reduction
  • Strategic planning/assessment
  • Technology upgrade
  • Capital equipment purchase
  • Professional development for staff/board
  • New staff position

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts serves as the recommending agency for the IFS Arts program.

IFS History/Humanities

Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants for History/Humanities Organizations support very similar projects to the IFS Arts program, but for New Jersey’s nonprofit history and humanities organizations. Grants are available in the same categories listed above for IFS Arts grants.

The New Jersey Historical Commission serves as the recommending agency for the IFS History/Humanities program.

Capital Historic Preservation

Capital Historic Preservation grants support capital projects at historic sites, and are open to New Jersey nonprofit arts, history, and humanities organizations. Eligible sites must be listed on the New Jersey and/or National Register of Historic Places, or contribute to the significance of a historic district listed on the New Jersey and/or National Register of Historic Places.

The New Jersey Historic Trust serves as the recommending agency for the Capital Historic Preservation program.

Qualification with the Cultural Trust

Organizations must be designated "qualified" in order to be eligible to participate in the programs of the Trust and apply for grants.

Qualified Organizations list as of May 18, 2024

Qualification Guidelines and Application

Qualification applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Complete applications received by the Trust will be reviewed at the next scheduled Cultural Trust Board meeting.

To be eligible to apply for the upcoming FY25 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants for Arts Organizations, organizations must separately apply to become qualified with the New Jersey Cultural Trust no later than June 24, 2024.

Watch a recorded workshop about how to apply for qualification.

FY 2025 Institutional/Financial Stabilization Grants for Arts Organizations

Alternating every other year with the NJ Historic Trust and the NJ Historical Commission, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts accepts applications and recommends grants to the Cultural Trust for funding. For FY 2025, the Arts Council will accept applications from arts organizations for institutional and financial stabilization projects to recommend to the Cultural Trust for funding. Grant applications will be due in SAGE on August 15, 2024 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Application assistance:
Applicants can participate in a Cultural Trust Office Hours session to ask questions pertaining to the application. Office Hours sessions will be held during the summer. Check this page for updates as those sessions are scheduled.

Recorded technical assistance mini-webinars will be posted to this page in July. These short webinars will detail various aspects of the application process.

Important dates:

  • May 9, 2024 — Grant guidelines released
  • June 24, 2024 — Postmark deadline for applications for qualification in hard copy. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
  • July 11, 2024 — Grant application available in SAGE
  • July 15, 2024 — Cultural Trust Board meets to approve qualifications
  • August 15, 2024 —Grant applications due in SAGE at 12 p.m. (noon) ET. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
  • October-December 2024 — Arts Council convenes independent review panels and crafts recommendations
  • January 2025 — Cultural Trust takes action on recommendations and announces grants
  • February 10, 2025 to February 28, 2026 — Grant period for funded projects

Important documents:

Qualification Guidelines and Application
FY 2025 New Jersey Cultural Trust Grant Guidelines — English
FY 2025 New Jersey Cultural Trust Grant Guidelines — Spanish
FY 2025 IFS Arts Evaluation Criteria Rubric — English
FY 2025 IFS Arts Evaluation Criteria Rubric — Spanish

Read about past IFS grant-funded projects on the Cultural Trust's website:

FY2024 Capital Preservation Grant Program

The New Jersey Cultural Trust Capital Historic Preservation Grants Program is collaboratively administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust for and with the New Jersey Cultural Trust. All history, arts and humanities organizations with stewardship responsibility for historic resources that are listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places, and qualified by the New Jersey Cultural Trust, are eligible to apply for 2023 (FY24) capital historic preservation funding.

Priority: In 2023 (FY24), the New Jersey Historic Trust’s priority will be projects that can be completed for $100,000 or less. These projects will be carefully considered in relation to other criteria for funding.

Technical Assistance:

Qualification

Grant Application and SAGE

Important Dates: The FY 2024 application is now closed.

Important Documents:

FY2024 New Jersey Cultural Trust Capital Preservation Grant Guidelines

FY 2022 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants for History and Humanities Organizations

Rotating every year with the NJ Historic Trust and NJ Council on the Arts, FY 2022 is a NJ Historical Commission year for Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants. The program is designed to assist groups in addressing financial and operational challenges that threaten their stability and to help build greater operational capacity to manage and advance their work and achieve their missions. To be eligible, an organization must first be designated as "qualified" by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

Application Deadline: The FY 2022 application is now closed.

Important documents:

FY 2022 New Jersey Cultural Trust Grant Guidelines
Submitting Your FY 2022 Cultural Trust Declaration of Intent (DOI) to Apply
Submitting Your FY 2022 Cultural Trust Application

Grants Awarded

FY24 Awards by County
FY 24 Capital Historic Preservation Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historic Trust
FY23 Awards by County
FY 23 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 22 Awards by County
FY 22 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historical Commission
FY 21 Awards by County
FY 21 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 20 Awards by County
FY 20 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historical Commission
FY 19 Awards by County
FY 19 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 18 Awards by County
FY 18 Capital Historic Preservation Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historic Trust
FY 17 Awards by County
FY 17 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY16 Awards by County
FY 16 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historical Commission
FY 14 Awards by County
FY 14 Institutional-Financial Stabilization recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 13 Awards by County
FY 13 Capital Historic Preservation Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historic Trust
FY 12 Awards by County
FY 12 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 11 Awards by County
FY 11 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 11Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historical Commission
FY 10 Awards by County
FY 10 Capital Preservation Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historic Trust
FY 10 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 09 Awards by County
FY 09 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historical Commission
FY 09 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 08 Awards by County
FY 08 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey Historic Trust
FY 08 Institutional-Financial Stabilization Grants recommended by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY 07 Awards by County
FY 07 Institutional-Financial Stabilization and Capital Historic Preservation Grants
FY 06 Awards by County
FY 06 Institutional-Financial Stabilization and Capital Historic Preservation Grants
FY 04-05 Awards by County
FY 04-05 Institutional-Financial Stabilization and Capital Historic Preservation Grants

 

Page Last Updated: 03/21/24

 

 


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