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
Directions

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 FY18 Grants Available
Guidelines and applications are available in the following grant categories for Fiscal Year 2020. Please read specific eligibility criteria carefully. All NOI’s and applications must be submitted in SAGE.
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.

Applicants should consult the Frequently Asked Questions document for additional guidance and support.

Deadlines & Schedule for the FY20 APS Grant Application Process
  • The Notice of Intent must be efiled in SAGE by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. The Council will not accept an application that is not preceded by a Notice of Intent. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
  • The FY20 APS Application will be opened in SAGE in January 2019 to organizations that submitted a successful NOI. Organizations will receive a SAGE notification announcing the availability of the application.
  • The FY20 APS application must be efiled in SAGE by Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
  • Peer Panel Deliberation and Review April/May 2019
  • Council Grants Committee Review June 2019
  • Council Votes on Award Recommendations Annual Meeting July 2019

Arts Project Support Grant Guidelines
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.

Applicants should consult the Frequently Asked Questions document for additional guidance and support.

Deadlines & Schedule for the FY20 GOS Grant Application Process
  • The Notice of Intent must be efiled in SAGE by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. All potential applicants must submit a Notice of Intent, if required. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
  • The FY20 GOS application will open in SAGE in January 2019 to current grantees and to organizations that submitted a successful NOI. Organizations will receive a SAGE email notification announcing the availability of the application.
  • The FY20 GOS application must be efiled in SAGE by Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
  • Peer Panel Deliberation and Review April/May 2019
  • Council Grants Committee Review June 2019
  • Council Votes on Award Recommendations Annual Meeting July 2019

Please Note: Applicants awarded just one year of GOS may re-apply for this support in FY21. Applicants denied funding for GOS may re-apply for this support in FY21.

General Operating Support Grant Guidelines
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.

Applicants should consult the Frequently Asked Questions document for additional guidance and support.

Deadlines & Schedule for the FY20 GPS Grant Application Process
  • The Notice of Intent must be efiled in SAGE by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. All potential applicants must submit a Notice of Intent, if required. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
  • The FY20 GPS application will open in SAGE in January 2019 to current grantees and to organizations that submitted a successful NOI. Organizations will receive a SAGE email notification announcing the availability of the application.
  • The FY20 GPS application must be efiled in SAGE by Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
  • Peer Panel Deliberation and Review April/May 2019
  • Council Grants Committee Review June 2019
  • Council Votes on Award Recommendations Annual Meeting July 2019

Please Note: Applicants awarded just one year of GPS may re-apply for this support in FY21. Applicants denied funding for GPS may re-apply for this support in FY21.

General Program Support Grant Guidelines
Artists in Education Residency Grant Program (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 annual grant program, practicing professional artists are placed in long-term residencies (20+ 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: February 8, 2019

Artists in Education Residency Grant Program Information
Past & Future FY18 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.
Important Deadlines:
The Application Deadline has passed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for information about the FY22 AESI grant opportunity.

Supporting Documents
Other Council Funding Programs
Cultural Trust Grants to Arts Organizations

Operated in collaboration with the New Jersey Cultural Trust and the New Jersey Historical Commission, this program provides Cultural Trust grants for projects that help arts organizations build their capacity. The Arts Council designs and manages the program that solicits and reviews applications from arts organizations and recommends awards to the Cultural Trust. To be eligible an organization first be designated as "qualified" by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.
Learn more about the Cultural Trust
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