Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission (MCC and HC) and New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA)
07/12/19 12:00 AM postmark for mail; 4:30 PM for hand-delivery
Grants up to $6,000 and grant of up to $7,000 to Mercer County, New Jersey nonprofit organizations, local agencies, libraries, and IHEs to promote the growth of community arts programs. Special project support is available to all applicants and general operating support is available to arts organizations. Funding is intended to support the expansion of arts programs and to ensure that the public has access to high-quality, diverse community arts organizations and projects.
Arts programs and projects should fall under any of the following disciplines:
- Instrumental or vocal music
- Theater or musical theater
- Visual and media arts
- Folk arts and crafts if they reflect authentic traditions practice by master artists
- Literary arts
- Multi-media projects
General Operating Support grants are available only to nonprofit organizations whose missions are exclusively devoted to the public presentation of, and/or education in, the arts. GOS funds provide support for the overall operations of these organizations for the calendar year. Although there are specific uses for GOS funds that are considered ineligible, GOS funds may be used for most activities that support the organization’s arts mission.
Special Project Support grants are for a public arts activity or event that occurs during the grant year with specific start and completion dates. The project may contain multiple events or activities, but these must be clearly related by discipline or theme. The special project must be separate from the regular programming of the applicant organization and should have its own mission and goals. It may be considered a permanent “additional project” within the sponsoring institution or it may be a one-time occurrence. The project should be wholly dedicated to the arts and the sponsoring organization should clearly demonstrate a commitment to support of the arts project through the allocation of resources and funds raised in the community.
Examples of a special project include a concert, an exhibition, a reading, a mixed media presentation, a “one-off” run of a theatrical production, a festival, or workshops, lectures and demonstrations in one of the arts disciplines. All events funded through Special Project grants must take place within Mercer County and be open to the general public.
For a list of funding priorities, see:
GrantWatch ID#: 124619
For General Operating Support the maximum amount of grant funds an organization may request is 25% of the average of last year and the current year total operating income, not to exceed $7,000.
For Special Project support, the maximum allowable request would be 50% or less of the total estimated expense budget for that specific project. Project costs would be separate from the estimated expense budget for the applicant organization. The total amount requested for a Special Projects grant may not exceed $6,000.
The Grant Period for all FY19 grants under this program runs January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications should be mailed to:
Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
For overnight delivery service or hand delivery:
Mercer County Cultural and Heritage
640 Broad Street, 4th Floor, Rooms 417 or 419
Trenton, NJ 08611
For more information or questions, call (609) 989-6418 or (609) 278-2712.
Idamis-Perez Margicin, Chief
USA: New Jersey: Mercer County