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New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grants

Grants to Bring Artistic Excellence to New Jersey Communities

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New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Deadline Date:

02/15/12 Midnight for e-mail submissions, or postmarked or delivered to the Council office by Friday, February 17, 2012.


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Grants in New Jersey are available for non-profit organizations that provide quality artistic programming for its region. Applicants should have evidence of commitment to artistic excellence and the ability to achieve and sustain it, and connect its programs to people and communities in meaningful ways. Programs should be long term, three or more years. Funds will be given for overall operating costs for the following categories:
-Opera/Musical Theatre
-Visual Arts
-Folk Arts
-Arts Basic to Education
-Performing Arts Presenters

Organizations may also apply for general programming support.
Applicants may apply either to the Council or to the County Arts Agency, not both, in a given year.

Not funded:
-Capital for renovation or construction projects

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127439

Term of Contract:

3 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Non-profit organizations whose missions are exclusively devoted to the public presentation of the arts, and which uphold high standards of artistry, public benefit, outreach, management, and accountability.
-Be incorporated in the State of New Jersey as a non-profit corporation.
-Be tax-exempt by determination of the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with Sections 501(c)(3) or (c)(4).
-Be registered with the NJ Charities Registration Bureau.
-At the time of application, have been in existence and actively providing public programs or services for at least the past two years
-Have a board of directors empowered to formulate policies and be responsible for the governance and administration of the organization, its programs and finances.
-Demonstrate regional or statewide public impact through the organization’s programs or project. Regional is defined as serving audiences across a two or more county region of New Jersey.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Prospective NJSCA applicants that have been receiving support through their County Arts Agency up to now should attend a scheduled NJSCA grant workshop, work closely with Council staff and their County Arts Agency in filing their Notice of Intent to Apply, and may also want to schedule a meeting early in the process with Council staff.

Pre-Application Information:

-Because the funding periods for most County Arts Agency grants and the State Council grants overlap by six months, applicants should discuss their situation in advance of the Notice of Intent to Apply with the State Council to determine eligibility.
-Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Apply
-the Council has matching requirements (3:1 for general operating support and general program support, and 1:1 for projects)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please use street address for carriers such as Federal Express, UPS, etc:
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY13 Grant Application
225 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

Please use mailing address for delivery by the US Postal Service
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
FY13 Grant Application
P.O. Box 306
Trenton NJ 08625-0306

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey