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
Current Grant Opportunities
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 (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
Future Grant Opportunities
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 in Fall 2021 for information about the FY22 AESI grant opportunity.


more information on Arts Education Special Initiative Grants
Folk Arts Apprenticeships

Please check back on January 16, 2019 for information about the FY20 Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants.

Awarded to individuals annually 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.
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 for Organizations
The grant cycle for GOS, GPS, and APS begins with the distribution of Guidelines in early November, followed by Technical Assistance Webinars and Workshops, which are held statewide. A Notice of Intent to Apply is required for most grant applications and is due in December. The full application is due in February. 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. The panels convene in Trenton throughout the spring and evaluate the applications in strict accordance to the criteria as published in the Guidelines.

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. Following the Annual Meeting, all applicants will receive a decision letter that includes the grant amount, if awarded, and consensus comments.
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: