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

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
Grant Opportunities
Current Grant Opportunities
To stay informed about future grant opportunities, be sure to sign up for the Council’s newsletter.
Important Resources for Organizations and Individuals Interested in Pursuing a Grant Opportunity with the State Arts Council:

Step-by-Step Guide to Using SAGE Grants System
NJSTART Quick Reference Guide
NJ Division of Revenue
NJ Division of Consumer Affairs (Charities Registration)

New Jersey Heritage Fellowship

To honor and preserve our State’s highly diverse cultural heritage, the Council will award New Jersey Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships recognize artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our state’s traditional arts heritage. Heritage Fellowship Awards are one-time, $20,000 awards to individual practicing New Jersey folk and traditional artists to help them pursue their artistic goals.

Artists may use Heritage Fellowship awards to pursue work in their artistic discipline, including purchasing supplies, renting studio space, otherwise freeing their time. Fellowship funds may not be used for travel outside of the country, study as a matriculated student in either a graduate or undergraduate program, or to purchase permanent equipment (equipment with a resale value exceeding $350 or having a life span over three years).

Please reach out to Kim Nguyen, Program Officer for Folk & Traditional Arts (kim.nguyen@sos.nj.gov | 609-292-4495), with questions about the Heritage Fellowship.

Heritage Fellowship FY24 Guidelines – English
Heritage Fellowship FY24 Guidelines – Spanish
Heritage Fellowship FY24 Special Guidance – English
Heritage Fellowship FY24 Special Guidance – Spanish
Heritage Fellowship FY24 Technical Assistance Schedule
Heritage Fellowship FY24 Notice of Intent Form

Important Dates
December 2022 – February 2023: Technical Assistance Available
January 5, 2023: Deadline for submission of Notice of Intent forms
January 24, 2023: Nomination forms made available in SAGE to approved nominators
February 23, 2023: Deadline to submit nominations
March 2023: Panel review process takes place
July 25, 203: Awards approved and announced at the Council’s Annual Meeting

Future Grant Opportunities
Please note: all guidelines and supporting documents are subject to change. If you have questions about these programs, please contact Council staff.
Arts Education Special Initiative Grants (AESI)

New Jersey arts organizations and units of government, colleges, or universities with an arts education-based mission are invited to apply for this grant program to support new or expanded programs that make substantial contributions to quality arts education in schools and youth agencies. 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: Applications are now closed. For more information, be sure to sign up for the Council’s newsletter.

AESI Grant Guidelines – English
AESI Grant Guidelines – Spanish
AESI Grant Application Technical Assistance
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.

Application Deadline: Applications are now closed. For more information, be sure to sign up for the Council’s newsletter.

Arts Project Support FY20 Grant Guidelines

FY20 Grant Application Webinar

Capital Arts

The Capital Arts grant program is designed to help New Jersey’s nonprofit arts organizations build operational stability and capacity through one of the three eligible project categories: construction; repair or expansion of existing facilities; and acquisition/installation of building service equipment (plumbing, mechanical, and/or electrical equipment, et.al.).

For the purposes of this grant program, an arts organization is defined as an organization whose primary purpose (mission) is to create, perform, present or otherwise promote the visual, performing, or literary arts and who presents that work year-round.

Application Deadline: Applications are now closed. For more information, be sure to sign up for the Council’s newsletter.

Capital Arts Grant Guidelines – English
Capital Arts Grant Guidelines – Spanish
Capital Arts Grant Frequently Asked Questions
Capital Arts Grant Application Technical Assistance
Watch our technical assistance webinar here – Recorded December 3, 2021
Creative Aging Initiative Grant

The Creative Aging Initiative (CAI) grant provides $10,000 to eligible arts organizations, libraries, veterans homes, and senior and community centers to cover costs for two (2) 8-day residencies for New Jersey seniors/aging adults (aged 55 and over).

A CAI residency is defined as an arts-based learning experience that directly impacts the same audiences for multiple sessions. Residencies can take place in any art form (visual, performing, literary arts). Creative aging programming should be offered without charge to the organization’s senior/aging adult population.

Deadlines and Schedule for the FY23 CAI Grant Application Process:
August 2022: CAI guidelines available
August – September 2022: Application Assistance: see schedule below.
September 1, 2022: CAI application available in SAGE.
September 29, 2022: CAI applications due in SAGE by 4:00 PM EST. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
October/November 2022: Arts Council convenes peer panel and crafts recommendations.
December 2022: Arts Council takes action on and announces grant awards.
January – December 2023: Grant period for successful applications.


Creative Aging Initiative FY23 Grant Guidelines – English
Creative Aging Initiative FY23 Grant Guidelines – Spanish
Creative Aging Initiative FY23 Grant Rubric – English
Creative Aging Initiative FY23 Grant Rubric – Spanish
Creative Aging Initiative FY23 Technical Assistance Schedule
Creative Aging Initiative FY23 Application Overview Webinar – Recorded September 16, 2022
Creative Aging Initiative FY23 Preview Webinar – Recorded August 22, 2022
Creative Aging Initiative FY23 Guidelines Webinar – Recorded August 8, 2022
Cultural Trust Grants to Arts Organizations

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

For FY23, the Cultural Trust will provide Institutional/Financial Stabilization Grants to qualified arts organizations. Institutional/Financial Stabilization project proposals must address the financial, operational and/or capacity challenges that have significant impact on the organization’s ability to serve its community.

To learn more about the Cultural Trust grant opportunity, visit the Cultural Trust website.
Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships

Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants encourage communities to continue passing on their valued traditions in traditional settings, by providing stipends so that master folk artists can help apprentices develop greater skill.

The Council awards grants to successful apprentice applicants to support his/her learning time; an appropriate fee to compensate the master for his/her time; with the remainder used for travel, materials, or supplies.

Please reach out to Kim Nguyen (kim.nguyen@sos.nj.gov | 609-292-4495) with questions about the Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship.

Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY23 Guidelines - English
Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY23 Guidelines – Spanish
Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY23 Application Technical Assistance
Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship FY23 Technical Assistance Video
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.

Application Deadline: Please check back in Fall 2023 for information about the FY25 General Operating Support Grant opportunity.

General Operating Support FY20 Grant Guidelines

FY20 Grant Application Webinar

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.

Application Deadline: Please check back in Fall 2023 for information about the FY25 General Program Support Grant opportunity.

General Program Support FY20 Grant Guidelines

FY20 Grant Application Webinar

Individual Artist Fellowship Awards

Highly competitive awards to New Jersey artists in 12 different arts disciplines awarded solely on independent peer panel assessment of work samples submitted. The anonymous process is focused solely on artistic quality, and awards may be used to help artists produce new work and advance their careers. This program is carried out in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts.

Categories offered for the FY23 Fellowships are:

  • Choreography
  • Crafts
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Playwriting / Screenwriting
  • Sculpture

To learn more about the Fellowship program, visit the Mid Atlantic Arts website.
NJ 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 NJ PreK-12 schools can apply for one-year residencies.

The application process for the 2022-2023 school year is now closed. Please visit www.njaie.org for more information.

Artists in Education Residency Grant Program Information

NJ Arts Professional Learning Institute (APLI)

APLI is New Jersey's arts education professional learning opportunity that pairs teaching artists and school partners in collaborative, engaging workshops throughout the state. This paid opportunity is available for teaching artists and classroom educators who work within the state of NJ.

APLI's mission is to provide professional learning opportunities to New Jersey’s teaching artists, classroom teachers, and school administrators. APLI aims to engage the arts educator in inclusive, progressive, arts-based professional learning experiences so that the whole student can be reached, inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and perceived ability.

To learn more about this paid opportunity, visit njapli.org.

Projects Serving Artists (PSA)

Projects Serving Artists (PSA) grants provide support for a project that meets the Council’s eligibility requirements. A project is defined as a program that offers technical support or services to artists who reside in New Jersey or whose work has or will benefit New Jersey residents. The project must demonstrate direct benefit to New Jersey artists. Applicants may request up to 50% of the project’s expenses and the grant is to be matched 1:1 ($1 earned or raised and spent per $1 received from the Council).

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: specialized space for creating, practicing, or producing work; and assistance or training in areas of marketing, legal issues, accounting, insurance, technology, and/or artist career development skills.

This category does not support the commissioning of new work, “networking” opportunities, or projects that mainly support, engage, or further compensate the artistic leadership of an organization. Applicants unclear about the eligibility of a project should contact Council staff.

Current Local Arts Program grantees are not eligible to apply for PSA grants.

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

Application Deadline: Applications are now closed. For more information, be sure to sign up for the Council’s newsletter.

Projects Serving Artists Grant Guidelines

PSA Technical Support Video

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 most Council grants for organizations 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: