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Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant Program

Grants to New Jersey Individuals
for Arts and Crafts Mentorship Projects

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New Jersey State Council on the Arts

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04/02/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of $4,000 to New Jersey individuals for arts and crafts mentorship activities and projects. Funding is intended to support the efforts of local master artists and craftspersons as they mentor apprentices in folk and traditional arts. Priority will be given to proposals that support art forms that are in danger of being lost or that help to preserve an endangered language. The application process requires that each apprentice apply with a master artist as a team.

A Master folk artist is someone who has learned a traditional art as part of community life and has attained a high level of excellence in the eyes of other community members. An Apprentice is someone from the same cultural group who has demonstrated ability and commitment to learning and practicing the traditional art of the Master.

The Council will place a higher priority for support for applications that represent:

  • Endangered arts and arts that help preserve endangered languages that are disappearing due to the lack of master artists, materials, marketable means to attract the general public or the community’s youth population.
  • Community based that are valuable to communities, but not likely involved in professional individual networks or taught in a formal or institutional process. 
  • The broad diversity of communities and art forms of the state that have not previously been supported through the Apprenticeship program. 

The panel of folk arts specialists will review each application on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Excellence of the master artist, as demonstrated in support materials
  • Preparation and commitment of the apprentice, as demonstrated in support materials and indicated in application
  • Traditionality of the art form within the shared community of the master and apprentice
  • The adequacy and feasibility of the Apprenticeship Lesson Plan
  • The appropriateness of the budget; and
  • The degree to which the art form is rare or endangered or helps to preserve endangered languages.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154141

Estimated Size of Grant:

The budget for a Folk Arts Apprenticeship is $4,000 which includes a $500 stipend for the Apprentice. The remaining $3,500 must be used for the Master’s fee, and other budget components such as supplies, materials, and travel.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for successful apprenticeships runs July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Apprenticeships are eligible for funding for a second year. Second-year applicants must include a description and support materials that demonstrate the progress made during the first year of the Apprenticeship.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant for the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant is the apprentice. That person must be at least eighteen years of age at the time of this grant application deadline and must be residents of New Jersey. Students enrolled in out-of-state educational institutions are eligible as long as they retain their NJ resident status. If awarded, verification of residency and social security number will be required. Apprentices are encouraged to work with master folk artists who are also residents of New Jersey whenever possible.

Only one application per apprentice per year may be submitted. However, a Master may work with up to two Apprentices per year. Each Apprentice must submit a separate application.

To be eligible to receive a Folk Arts Apprenticeship grant, the application must demonstrate the following:
- Master and Apprentice should be members of the same cultural group that share identity based on religion, occupation, ethnicity, language, or location and have learned the art or craft in traditional community settings rather than formal public institutions.
- Lessons should be one-on-one unless the art form can only be performed with another person.
- The Master and the Apprentice must develop and submit a clear work plan together. The Master and the Apprentice each complete their designated section of the application and submit support materials that demonstrate their levels of skill.
- Apprentices who have received two consecutive years of Council Apprenticeship funds may not reapply to the program for the next three consecutive years.

This program does not fund group classes.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Workshops

All workshops are free of charge. To attend a workshop listed below, registration is required. To register over the phone, or for on-going, individualized workshops in your community by appointment please contact Kim Nguyen.

February 22, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Camden County Library – Ferry Avenue
852 Ferry Avenue
Camden, NJ 08104
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February 23, 2020, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Folklife Program for New Jersey
East Jersey Olde Town Village
1050 River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Register here:

February 27, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
33 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Register here:

February 28, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Down Jersey Folklife Center
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Rd.
Millville, NJ 08332
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March 7, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Jersey Shore Folklife Center
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum
120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
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March 11, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Folklife Center of Northern NJ
Passaic County Community College
Hamilton Club Bldg., 32 Church Street, 1st floor
Paterson, NJ 07505
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Pre-Application Information:

- The FY21 Folk Arts Apprenticeship application will be opened in SAGE in January 2020.
- The FY21 Folk Arts Apprenticeship application must be efiled in SAGE by Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Requests for extensions to the application deadline will not be permitted.
- Peer Panel Deliberation and Review: May 2020
- Council Grants Committee Review: June 2020
- Council vote on Award Recommendations: Annual Meeting July 2020

Contact Information:

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

Register and Apply Online:

Please contact Patricia Hamilton-Ross at or 609-633-1273 for technical assistance in SAGE.

Kim Nguyen, Program Officer for Folk Arts

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Folk Arts Apprenticeships
PO Box 306
Trenton, NJ 08625-0306
Tel: (609) 292-6130
NJ Relay: 711

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