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Local Arts and History Grant

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits in Eligible
Areas for Arts and History Programming

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Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs (ACOCHA)

Deadline Date:

10/09/20 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $6,500 to New Jersey nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for arts or history programming. Funding is intended to enhance public awareness of New Jersey's history and to provide arts opportunities to the community at large. Programming and projects must take place within Atlantic County.

There are three categories of funding under the ACOCHA’s regrant program.

  • Special Project (SP): Funding is for any nonprofit group, regardless of the intent of its charter to sponsor a special arts or history related project. This Special Project funding is intended to allow, for example, a civic organization to present a music program as part of its annual holiday celebration; a social organization to mount an exhibit; or the local YMCA to stage a theatrical performance.
  • General Programming Support (GPS): Funding is for any nonprofit group, regardless of the intent of its charter, to offset the expense of presenting major, on-going arts or history programs. These programs should have its own mission and goals and contain multiple events or activities. These activities could include a series of concerts, history lectures or other multiple events throughout the year and is distinguished from Special Projects by having multiple events rather than a single activity within a calendar year.
  • General Operating Support (GOS): This funding is for groups whose charter is primarily arts or history related. It is designed to provide general operating support for groups that increase exposure to art or history in the community. This would include, but is not limited to: community theater groups, dance companies, not-for-profit museums or galleries, orchestras, historical societies and singing groups who exist primarily to create and/or perform art or history projects/programming. General Operating Support funding is more stringent in its requirements and more detail is required in substantiating fiscal responsibility.

Organizations may apply for one (1) arts re-grant and one (1) history re-grant per year. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129943

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request for funding is $6,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must commence no sooner than January 1, 2021 and must be completed on or before December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts: Any nonprofit group is eligible, including libraries, civic organizations, Y’s, educational institutions (for non-standard extracurricular funding only), museums, historical groups, festival programs, arts councils and commissions, and creative groups in all disciplines. For the arts re-grant, non-arts groups can apply for funding only to support arts-related programs.

Any proposal that does not clearly support the arts, no matter how well prepared, will be denied funding.

Arts as used in these guidelines include: visual arts (painting, sculpture, drawing, etc.), music, dance, theater, opera/music theater, crafts, media arts, photography, design arts and literature. ACOCHA is open to other kinds of arts programming, but strongly recommends that you discuss the suitability of your project with the ACOCHA Administrator before beginning work on a proposal.

The State Council on the Arts does not permit county agencies to award fellowships. Any funding requested by an individual artist is considered a fellowship, and is not eligible for Block Grant funding. Individual artists may apply directly to the NJSCA.

History: Any nonprofit, government or educational agency with an historic focus within Atlantic County may apply for funding for itself or as the umbrella agency for an historical project that is largely the work of an individual. Work for which support is sought must be in some way related to Atlantic County history.

Ineligible Expenses:
- There are limits on what is acceptable for funding by the NJSCA and NJHC. Capital expenses or equipment needs are not permitted. Any material with a three year or longer life expectancy (i.e. photocopier, fax machine, a/v equipment, equipment leases, musical instruments, real estate, etc.) are considered capital expenses for the purposes of this grant.
- Funds may not be used for deficit reduction or for the replacement of funds normally budgeted for the organization’s activities.
- Funds may not be used for entertaining, such as costs for food or beverages; however, those expenses, if part of the project, may be shown as a match.
- Funds may not be used for scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 9, 2020 at 4:00 PM.

Awards will be made by letter in late December.

Each organization must match the funding requested from the ACOCHA’s Block Grant program at least on a 1:1 basis (colleges and universities must match on a 2:1 ratio). That is, for each dollar you request, you must be able to provide a dollar from other funding sources. These sources may include other government agencies (excluding the ACOCHA and NJSCA), private contributions, membership fees, admission to programs, and other grants, etc. 75% of the contributions must be cash. In-Kind services can be allotted for the remaining match. Salaries and benefits for employees of the organization may be considered part of the cash match for that part of their job that is related to the project in question. Take note, volunteer hours at a rate of $25.43 per hour can be utilized for in-kind.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be delivered to:

Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs
ATTN: Kimberly Brown, Administrator
189 Route 50 South
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Phone: 609-909-7309
Fax: 609-625-2381

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USA: New Jersey: Atlantic County

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