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:
225 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

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

How Council Grants Work


Grant Programs are Developed
based on strategic planning with constituents framing purpose, eligibility and matching requirements, evaluation criteria and required materials;
Guidelines are Announced and Distributed
through direct mailing to over 3,000 groups, press releases and postings on the Council's website promoting the opportunity widely;
Notices of Intent to Apply
are submitted to Council staff to determine appropriateness;
Technical Assistance
workshops and webinars are held and staff are available for one-on-one assistance;
are received and reviewed for completeness. All applicants must be current with their Charities Registration and State of NJ Corporate Recording filings;
Independent Peer Panels Evaluate Applications
in each category or art discipline against published criteria to assess excellence in all relevant areas. Panels discuss all applications, record consensus commentary and assign numerical ranks that are averaged;
Grants Committee Recommendations
and deliberations are based on funding principles adopted prior to the process and on complete review of panel comments, ranks, and any funding history;
Annual Meeting
held by the Council meets in public session to vote on recommendations of the Grants Committee; and
Grant Contracts and Reports
are employed to set specifications, monitor progress and collect data on impact of funded programs. Final payments are held pending satisfactory final report and post grant audits are required.