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
COVID-19 Recovery Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations
Important Update!
March 28, 2022

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Arts Council began this compilation of resources for
New Jersey artists and organizations experiencing personal or business losses due to the economic impact of the pandemic. As we emerge from the crisis, this list of resources will remain on our website here. Moving forward, instead of a bi-weekly notification, new
COVID-19 resources will be included in our Opportunities for the Field emails.

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For up-to-date statewide information, please visit the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub.

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Featured
Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners
Community Development Block Grant Program
Grants for the reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to qualified small businesses, microenterprises, and nonprofit organizations either located in or providing services to low-moderate income areas in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Rolling deadline through March 31, 2022.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Nonprofit Security Grant Program
This grant provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. The intent is to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. It is also designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, as well as state and local government agencies.
Technical Webinars: April 1, 2022

Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Office Hours with Nina
Based on popular demand, Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at AFTA and Executive Director of the AFTA Action Fund, is extending her Zoom office hours through 2022. She will continue to help the arts community to navigate the complex web of federal funding opportunities, regulations, and deadlines related to current and upcoming COVID-19 economic federal aid programs.
Event Dates: Every Other Friday at 11 AM
Next Date: April 8, 2022

ArtPride New Jersey
COVID-19 Impact Webinars
Join ArtPride for the next in their series of FREE webinars to discuss how New Jersey’s arts community is facing the challenges related to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event Date: April 29, 2022

New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Main Street Lenders Grant
This pilot product, funded with $15 million from the NJEDA's Main Street Recovery Program, provides grants to eligible micro business lenders, which the lenders can use to create new loan micro business loan products or supplement existing micro business loan products. Lenders can also qualify for additional grant funding to provide technical assistance to micro businesses, to better prepare these businesses to qualify for loan products.

Americans for the Arts
COVID-19's Impact on Arts Organizations, Artists, and Creative Workers
Americans for the Arts has been tracking the human and financial impacts of COVID-19 since March 2020. As the pandemic continues, so does its devastation of the nation’s arts sector. These reports present the live and ongoing findings of Americans for the Arts' 2021 COVID Impact Survey for Arts Organizations, Artists, and Creative Workers.

Americans for the Arts
COVID-19 Impact Survey for Arts Organizations, Artists, and Creative Workers
Attention, arts organizations, artists, and creative workers! Americans for the Arts has revised their COVID-19 Survey, and they need your input. Even if you've already completed the survey, please take five minutes to fill out the new version.

The State of New Jersey
COVID-19 Information Hub
Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 211
Call (Medical COVID-19 Questions): 1-800-962-1253
Call (Vaccine Appointment Support): 1-855-568-0545
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.

ArtPride New Jersey Foundation
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Keep Jersey Arts Alive is a digital public value campaign that highlights the importance of the arts in New Jersey, and why the industry's survival is critical to the state's overall recovery. The Keep Jersey Arts Alive website offers videos and state- and county-wide impact data to illustrate how the arts affect every corner of the state. Check it out to learn what you can do to Keep Jersey Arts Alive!

Deadlines & Webinars
Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners
Community Development Block Grant Program
Grants for the reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to qualified small businesses, microenterprises, and nonprofit organizations either located in or providing services to low-moderate income areas in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Rolling deadline through March 31, 2022.

New Jersey Department of Education
Arts Ed NJ
Art Educators of New Jersey
Hope, Healing, and Resilience Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
Call for New Jersey Students to Participate in an Art Showcase
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022
Statewide

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
New York Foundation for the Arts
Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants
This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need, who have a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cycle 2 Deadline: April 1, 2022

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Nonprofit Security Grant Program
This grant provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. The intent is to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. It is also designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, as well as state and local government agencies.
Technical Assistance Webinars: April 1, 2022

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
New York Foundation for the Arts
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants
One-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need who are practicing in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography.
Cycle 12 Deadline: April 5, 2022

Performing Arts Readiness
Free Emergency Preparedness Webinars Focused on the Needs of Performing Arts Organizations

Upcoming Webinars:
April 7: Intro to Festival Safety
April 26: Networking for Disaster Management
April 27: Health and Safety in the Performing Arts
April: 28: Business Continuity for Performing Arts Orgs
May 3: Active Shooters and Hostile Activity at Venues
May 5: How to Get Your Audience Back
May 10: Understanding Cybersecurity

Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Office Hours with Nina
Based on popular demand, Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at AFTA and Executive Director of the AFTA Action Fund, is extending her Zoom office hours through 2022. She will continue to help the arts community to navigate the complex web of federal funding opportunities, regulations, and deadlines related to current and upcoming COVID-19 economic federal aid programs.
Event Dates: Every Other Friday at 11 AM
Next Date: April 8, 2022

ArtPride New Jersey
COVID-19 Impact Webinars
Join ArtPride for the next in their series of FREE webinars to discuss how New Jersey’s arts community is facing the challenges related to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event Date: April 29, 2022

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
2021 Emergency Grants
Financial Relief for Artists Impacted by COVID-19
Eligible Categories: Dance and Performance Art/Theater, Music/Sound, Poetry/Literature, and Visual Arts/Moving Image
Application Deadline: December 12, 2022
National
Take the Eligibility Questionnaire here.

Statewide
Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners
Community Development Block Grant Program
Grants for the reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to qualified small businesses, microenterprises, and nonprofit organizations either located in or providing services to low-moderate income areas in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Rolling deadline through March 31, 2022.

New Jersey Department of Education
Arts Ed NJ
Art Educators of New Jersey
Hope, Healing, and Resilience Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
Call for New Jersey Students to Participate in an Art Showcase
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022
Statewide

ArtPride New Jersey
COVID-19 Impact Webinars
Join ArtPride for the next in their series of FREE webinars to discuss how New Jersey’s arts community is facing the challenges related to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event Date: April 29, 2022

New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Main Street Lenders Grant
This pilot product, funded with $15 million from the NJEDA's Main Street Recovery Program, provides grants to eligible micro business lenders, which the lenders can use to create new loan micro business loan products or supplement existing micro business loan products. Lenders can also qualify for additional grant funding to provide technical assistance to micro businesses, to better prepare these businesses to qualify for loan products.

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance (ERMA)
New Jersey’s ERMA program provides financial assistance for eligible homeowners who have experienced a significant decrease of income or increase of expenses due to COVID-19 and have been unable to remain current with their mortgage payments.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The Small Business Lease Grant supports the growth and success of small businesses and nonprofits by providing grant funding to cover a portion of lease payments.
Applications now open and accepted on a rolling basis.

Mental Health Association in New Jersey
Check out this month's schedule of COVID-19 Emotional Support Groups from MHANJ's New Jersey Hope and Healing program.

State of New Jersey
Tropical Storm Ida Information and Resources

Center for Non-profits
Hurricane Ida Resources for New Jersey

Dance/NYC
Hurricane Ida Emergency Response Resources for Individuals and
Organizations in New Jersey

New Jersey Small Business Development Centers
Rutgers Business School
Capital Team Program
The Capital Team Program is a pilot program assisting the small business community recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering help with finding funding programs, business plan guidance, financial plan guidance, and application guidance.

The New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Ramapo College
The New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Ramapo College is a federal-state-education partnership, primarily funded by the United States Small Business Administration, that provides no-cost business management counseling and information services to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Pro Bono Partnership
Pro Bono Partnership assists qualifying nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York (excluding NYC) with their business legal needs.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The NJEDA Board has created new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Unemployment Insurance
Assistance is available to self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig and platform workers who are impacted by COVID-19 through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and possibly the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Center for Non-profits
Survey Report: The COVID-19 Crisis and New Jersey's Non-profit Community

The State of New Jersey
COVID-19 Information Hub
Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 211
Call (Medical COVID-19 Questions): 1-800-962-1253
Call (Vaccine Appointment Support): 1-855-568-0545
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.

ArtPride New Jersey Foundation
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Keep Jersey Arts Alive is a digital public value campaign that highlights the importance of the arts in New Jersey, and why the industry's survival is critical to the state's overall recovery. The Keep Jersey Arts Alive website offers videos and state- and county-wide impact data to illustrate how the arts affect every corner of the state. Check it out to learn what you can do to Keep Jersey Arts Alive!

National
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Nonprofit Security Grant Program
This grant provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. The intent is to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts. It is also designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, as well as state and local government agencies.
Technical Assistance Webinars: April 1, 2022

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
New York Foundation for the Arts
Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants
This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need, who have a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cycle 2 Deadline: April 1, 2022

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
New York Foundation for the Arts
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants
One-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need who are practicing in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography.
Cycle 12 Deadline: April 5, 2022

Performing Arts Readiness
Free Emergency Preparedness Webinars Focused on the Needs of Performing Arts Organizations

Upcoming Webinars:
April 7: Intro to Festival Safety
April 26: Networking for Disaster Management
April 27: Health and Safety in the Performing Arts
April: 28: Business Continuity for Performing Arts Orgs
May 3: Active Shooters and Hostile Activity at Venues
May 5: How to Get Your Audience Back
May 10: Understanding Cybersecurity

Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Office Hours with Nina
Based on popular demand, Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at AFTA and Executive Director of the AFTA Action Fund, is extending her Zoom office hours through 2022. She will continue to help the arts community to navigate the complex web of federal funding opportunities, regulations, and deadlines related to current and upcoming COVID-19 economic federal aid programs.
Event Dates: Every Other Friday at 11 AM
Next Date: April 8, 2022

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
2021 Emergency Grants
Financial Relief for Artists Impacted by COVID-19
Eligible Categories: Dance and Performance Art/Theater, Music/Sound, Poetry/Literature, and Visual Arts/Moving Image
Application Deadline: December 12, 2022
National
Take the Eligibility Questionnaire here.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Vaccine Access Fund
In partnership with Uber, PayPal, and Walgreens, LISC is managing the Vaccine Access Fund to support free rides with Uber that facilitate COVID-19 vaccination of people in communities hard hit by the pandemic. If you or a partner is interested in participating in this initiative, please complete the intake questionnaire for prospective grantees. Upon receipt, a LISC staff person will contact you.

National Independent Venue Foundation
NIVF Emergency Relief Fund
Providing economic relief to independent, live performance venues and promoters, both for-profit and nonprofit, across the United States experiencing a critically severe financial emergency due to circumstances beyond their control.

National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response
National Endowment for the Arts
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
An Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief
A new field guide for navigating federal disaster support, created to help demystify federal disaster relief for the arts and culture sector by helping artists and arts organizations see what’s available, understand clearly what isn’t available, and decide if pursuing federal aid is a good use of time.

National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response
The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit: Managing Transitions and Preserving Assets
This toolkit offers guidance on making critical decisions about your arts or cultural organization’s structure and resilience, and how to preserve your assets whether you are growing, stable, contracting or suspending operations.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Smithsonian Institution
FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution cosponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Explore their site for information and resources.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Public Assistance Program: Retroactive Reimbursement for Safe Opening and Operations Incurred to Address COVID Safety

Annuity Payment Freedom
Grants for Artists
Free Marketing Services and Cash
Rolling application for marketing consideration.
By the last day of the month for micro-grant consideration for a given month.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, are not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Visit the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s mortgage and housing assistance site to find out what this means for you and what you can do.

Berkeley Extension Boot Camps
Mental Health Resources to Help Prevent Creative and Professional Burnout
Free Resources on Identifying Burnout, Avoiding Burnout for Creatives, COVID-19 Burnout, and More

Jazz Foundation of America
Support for basic living expenses for jazz musicians and their families.
Eligible musicians will be contacted by phone in 2 - 3 weeks.

Dramatists Guild Foundation
Emergency Grants
Emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

Artist Rescue Trust
The mission of Artist Rescue Trust is to provide relief funding to musicians and artists totaling $1,500 over three months and amplify their stories, performances, and art to the world.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Authors League Fund
The Authors League Fund helps authors, dramatists, journalists, critics, short story writers, and poets.

Sweet Relief
Sweet Relief provides immediate assistance with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus.

Sound Diplomacy
#CaresForMusic
A toolkit to support cities, towns, and counties to utilize existing CARES Act relief to invest in their local music economies.

ArtsWA
Oregon Arts Commission
Idaho Comission on the Arts
Free Webinar: "Creative Borrowing for your COVID-19 Comeback"
This webinar provides information about how nonprofit organizations can use fully secured borrowing to help them through a financial crisis. Arts leaders share how their organizations used fully-secured borrowing to manage their financial crises and ultimately become stronger, more resilient organizations.
Recorded June 10, 2020

The Actors Fund
COVID-19 Emergency Relief for the Entertainment Community

American Guild of Musical Artists
AGMA Relief Fund
Emergency financial assistance to members in need.

The Blues Foundation
COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund
Immediate resources to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic. 

WolfBrown
Audience Outlook Monitor
An international collaboration between top researchers, funders, service organizations, and hundreds of cultural organizations who want to make informed decisions about how and when to re-start programming based on rigorous research data.

New study just announced to help cultural organizations track the experience
of returning audiences. Learn more here.

Artist Relief Tree
Relief Fund for Artists Affected by Cancellations Due to COVID-19
At the moment, new requests are not being accepted, but artists can join the waitlist to be informed if and when the opportunity becomes available again.

National Endowment for the Arts
The American Rescue Plan and the Arts and Creative Industries FAQs

Americans for the Arts
COVID-19's Impact on Arts Organizations, Artists, and Creative Workers
Americans for the Arts has been tracking the human and financial impacts of COVID-19 since March 2020. As the pandemic continues, so does its devastation of the nation’s arts sector. These reports present the live and ongoing findings of Americans for the Arts' 2021 COVID Impact Survey for Arts Organizations, Artists, and Creative Workers.

Americans for the Arts
COVID-19 Impact Survey for Arts Organizations, Artists, and Creative Workers
Attention, arts organizations, artists, and creative workers! Americans for the Arts has revised their COVID-19 Survey, and they need your input. Even if you've already completed the survey, please take five minutes to fill out the new version.

Other Lists
Newark Arts
COVID-19 Artist Resources

New Jersey Business Magazine
Public Sector Support for Small Businesses

New Jersey Small Business Development Centers
Coronavirus Small Business Support and Resources

New Jersey Business Action Center
Resources for New Jersey businesses as they reopen and recover.

New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response
NJCAR's primary aims are to prevent and mitigate the loss of cultural and historic resources in the event of a disaster and to serve as a statewide resource. Click the link below for resources about navigating the coronavirus pandemic.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Coronavirus Recommendations and Resources

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
Coronavirus Response
Articles, Resources, and Events for the Philanthropy Field

South Jersey Cultural Alliance
Coronavirus and Hurricane Ida Resources

Noyes Museum of Art
Stockton University
Coronavirus and Art Resources

Arts Ed NJ
The Arts Ed NJ staff have compiled a list of resources, technologies, and instructional tools to support our arts educators and teaching artists.

Morris Arts
Arts in Education Virtual Learning Portal
A compendium of information to assist teachers, students, and families during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Discovery Orchestra
Virtual Teaching Resources for Music Educators

National Guild for Community Arts Education
Virtual conversation series, digital resources, and social platforms for arts education providers in their response to COVID-19.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is keeping a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations.

National Endowment for the Arts
Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Virtual Events for
People with Disabilities

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts closely monitors recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal and D.C. governments as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus. This page is updated daily as news and information becomes available.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Resources for state arts agencies and other public arts funders as they develop more policies and practices to address COVID-19.

Creative Capital
Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Alliance of Artist Communities
COVID-19 Arts Preparedness and Response Resource List

CERF+
COVID-19 Emergency Funds, Resource Lists, and Webinars

Freelancers Union
What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus.

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
COVID-19 Resource Hub

ArtPlace America
COVID-19 Resources

Artwork Archive
COVID-19 Resources for Artists

Coalition of State Museum Associations
COVID-19 Resources

North Carolina Arts Council
COVID-19 Content Resource Guide for Artists

Backstage
COVID-19 Resources for Actors, Creators, and Performing Artists

Association of Performing Arts Professionals
APAP has compiled frequently updated information from across the field to help you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the performing arts, including general resources, advocacy efforts, government relief,
re-opening resources, and more.

National Council of Nonprofits
COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

American Craft Council
COVID-19 Resources for Makers

Nonprofit Finance Fund
COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits

Performing Arts Readiness
The PAR project is offering resources that will contribute to the sustainability of organizations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pro Bono Partnership
COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources

CMX
A comprehensive list of tips, tools, and examples for event organizers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit www.artscouncil.nj.gov.