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Department of State

New Jersey Cultural Trust

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
Naval Air Station Wildwood

New Jersey Cultural Trust

The New Jersey Cultural Trust was created in July 2000 as a public/private partnership to help ensure a stable and healthy nonprofit cultural industry in New Jersey that is sustainable even in the toughest of economic times.

The Trust provides grants to support capital projects, endowments and institutional and financial stabilization of arts, history and humanities organizations in New Jersey. Funding for the grants comes from interest earned on the Cultural Trust Fund, which is a permanent investment fund.

The Mission

The mission of the Cultural Trust is to ensure a stable and healthy cultural industry in New Jersey that is sustainable under fluctuating economic conditions through the establishment of permanent, interest-generating funds to be an additional source of revenue to nonprofit arts, history and humanities organizations.

Board of Trustees

Bette C. Daniele, Chair
Carol Cronheim, Vice Chair
John Paul Nicolaides, Vice Chair for Finance
Jill Morton, Secretary
Deborah R. Bozarth, Board Member
Tom Carroll, Board Member
S. Nadia Hussain, Board Member
Rabiya S. Kader Esq., Board Member
Claire Knopf, Board Member

ex officio members
Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
Elizabeth Maher Muoio, State Treasurer
Elizabeth Mattson, Chair, NJ State Council on the Arts
Peter Lindsay, Chair, NJ Historic Trust
Maxine Lurie, Chair, NJ Historical Commission

Staff Contact List

Isabel (Izzy) Kasdin, Executive Director

Capital Preservation Grant Program:

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 FY24 capital historic preservation funding. See the grant guidelines for details.

Funding to Strengthen Organizational Capacity of 16 Diverse Arts Organizations Statewide

Celebrating 20 Years of the New Jersey Cultural Trust

2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the New Jersey Cultural Trust, a public/private partnership that works in harmony with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Historical Commission, and the New Jersey Historic Trust. The Trust is the only state agency with a mission that encompasses the entire non-profit cultural community: the arts, history, and humanities. In the past two decades, $14,464,711 have been given out to more than 196 organizations to ensure that our cultural community continues to thrive so New Jersey can continue to flourish. Read more about the history of the NJ Cultural Trust in this special anniversary article by Dr. Carol Cronheim, NJ Cultural Trust Board Member and Former NJ Secretary of State.

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Page Last Updated: 08/30/22


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