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State/County Partnership Local Arts Program (LAP) Grant

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Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission (SCC&HC)

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09/15/22 4:00 PM


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, municipal agencies, libraries, and schools in eligible regions for arts programs and projects. Funding is intended to support local arts development and benefit the local community. Grant funds may be used for general operating support or to support public arts events. Eligible applicants must be based in Somerset County and provide an arts program/project within Somerset County that benefits county residents.

Available Grants:

  1. General Operating Support (GOS): GOS is limited to non-profit organizations whose missions are exclusively devoted to the public presentation of the Arts. The organization must present a documented history of artistic excellence and outreach efforts within Somerset County. 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.
    Eligible Uses: To strengthen administrative capacity; to support on-going programs and/or to expand programs; to begin an innovative program/project. 
  2. Special Project Grant (SP): Open to any organization that meets the eligibility requirements. A special project is 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 planned activity or event MUST be presented in and benefit the general public of Somerset County. Examples of a special project include a concert, an exhibition, a festival, artist’s workshops, lectures and demonstrations.
    Eligible Uses: Eligible expenses include items such as artists’ fees, rentals, purchase of sheet music, printing and photocopying, in-state travel, postage, technical crew, and other professional fees, promotion, project supplies, etc. related to the special project only. The hiring of New Jersey artists is encouraged and favored. 
  3. Creative Placemaking (CP): Open to any organization that meets the eligibility requirements. Creative Placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the Arts, culture, and creativity to serve a community's interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth, and transformation in a way that builds character and quality of place. Partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities or assets. Creative Placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business visibility and public safety, and brings diverse people together to build shared understanding of culture and community. Creative Placemaking grants encourage and require Somerset County non-profit organizations, both cultural and non-cultural and Somerset County-based governmental agencies or commissions to create new collaborative partnerships to integrate the Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Film/Video, Literary Arts) into public venues to broaden and diversify public exposure, access to and participation in the Arts. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137336

Term of Contract:

All grant-funded activities must be completed by December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
A. Organization must be Somerset County based and provide an Arts program/project within Somerset County that benefits Somerset County residents.
B. At the time of application, an organization must be incorporated as a non-profit in the State of New Jersey and designated tax-exempt by determination of the Internal Revenue Service (in accordance with Section 501(c)3 or (c)4). A copy of this documentation must be submitted with application.
C. Somerset County based governmental agencies or commissions under a municipality or township are also eligible to apply.
D. The organization must provide a program or service that encourages public participation in the Arts and that increases public accessibility to the Arts.
E. Organizations must provide proof of stability and fiscal responsibility.
F. Programs in educational or religious institutions that do not actively seek a wide general public audience are ineligible. However, afterschool programs utilizing school or faith-based facilities, broadly advertised as open to and welcoming the general public are eligible for funding.

Ineligible Uses of Funds:
- GOS Grants: Capital improvements or construction costs; purchase of equipment; hospitality costs; reimbursement for deficits; out of state travel; fundraising; scholarships or awards, retroactive funding for work completed before submission of this application; projects primarily recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic in nature.
- Special Project Grants: General administrative salaries; capital improvements; construction costs; renovations; purchase of permanent equipment; hospitality costs; previous program deficits; general operating expenses that are not related to the special project; fellowships/awards; student publications, activities which are normally the extra-curricular activities of public or private schools; projects in educational or religious institutions that do not seek a wide general public audience; scholarship funds; replacement of funds normally budgeted for the project or operation; reimbursement of deficits; retroactive funding for work completed before submission of this application; fundraising; projects primarily recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic in nature.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical assistance workshops will be held on August 16, 2022 at 6:00 P.M., August 18, 2022 at 10:00 A.M., and August 25, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. via ZOOM.

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Pre-Application Information:

Submission Date and Time: September 15, 2022 at 4:00 P.M.

Grant Program Schedule:
The dates established for respondent proposals, proposal review, contractor selection and project initiation are:
- Release of RFA: July 19, 2022
- Submission of Questions Deadline: August 31, 2022, at 4:00 P.M.
- Application Deadline: September 15, 2022, at 4:00 P.M.
- Professional Peer Panel Review: October 2022
- Closed Meeting of the SCC&HC For Final Funding Approval: November 2022
- Commissioner Approval by Resolution/Notification of Awards: December 2022
- Re-grantee Contracts Paperwork Sent: January 2023
- Return Deadline for Re-grantee Contract: February 2023
- Brief Interim Report Due: June 2023
- Completion of All Grant-Funded Programming: December 31, 2023
- Final Report Deadline: January 10, 2024

More than one application from an individual, a firm or partnership, a corporation or association, municipality or nonprofit under the same or different names shall not be considered.

Contact Information:

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

Submission Office:
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission
P.O. Box 3000/20 Grove St.
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
Attention: 2022 LAP Grant Application

Questions by prospective applicants concerning this RFA may be addressed to Kaitlin Bundy, Cultural & Heritage Commission Manager for the County of Somerset in writing via fax at 908-707-1749 or by email to

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