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Grants to New Jersey Individuals for Arts and Crafts Mentorship Projects

Folk and Traditional Arts Project (FTAP) Grant


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Funding Source
New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/06/23
Deadline: 02/13/24 12:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of $10,000 to New Jersey individuals for arts and crafts mentorship activities and projects. Applicants are required to submit a notice of intent prior to a full grant application. 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 Folk & Traditional Arts Project (FTAP) grant program provides emerging to mid-career folk and traditional artists access to opportunities that significantly advance skills in their art form. For this grant opportunity, emerging to mid-career artists are individuals with more than five years of experience in their art forms. The proposed project outcome must support art-making skills in folk/traditional art forms that are passed on between two or more artists in an ongoing, structured relationship (i.e. mentor/apprentice, small group learning, and/or directed research).

The Arts Council encourages applications that address the following:

  • Endangered arts and arts that help preserve endangered languages that are disappearing.
  • Community based traditions that are valuable to communities, but not likely involved in professional networks or taught through formal or institutional learning.
  • Traditions, communities and art forms of the state that have not previously been supported through the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship or Project programs.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applicants must meet or exceed the following eligibility requirements. If an individual does not meet them, their Notice of Intent to Apply form will not move forward to the Application form stage. An applicant must, at time of the Notice of Intent to Apply form submission, be:
- An emerging to mid-career folk or traditional artist. Please consult the Special Guidance document for assistance confirming that your art form is considered a folk and/or traditional art for the purpose of this grant program;
- Actively engaged in their folk/traditional art form for at least five years;
- Able to provide examples of work and engagement with the traditional community of origin for the art form;
- At least 18 years of age;
- A United States citizen, lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence, and a resident of the state of New Jersey; and,
- Able to maintain New Jersey residency throughout the application/grant cycle and be able to provide proof of residency when requested.

An individual who has received an Arts Council New Jersey Heritage Fellowship (at any time) and/or a Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant in two consecutive of the previous four years (2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023) is not eligible to apply.

An individual who is a student in a K-12 school or enrolled in a credit-granting post-secondary program (college/university) is not eligible to apply. This eligibility requirement extends throughout the entire grant period.

Grant funds are not intended to be a renewable source of income for mentors, consultants, masters, instructors, or other expert artists.

It is recommended that applicants do not apply to work with experts who are also being included in other applications. For this reason, applicants are encouraged to contact proposed experts prior to applying.
- Applications from individuals who propose to work with mentors, consultants, masters, instructors, experts or others who have been engaged through Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship or Project grant funds in two consecutive of the previous four years (2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023) will be deemed ineligible.

This grant program does not support expenses for:
- International travel;
- Travel for anyone other than the grant recipient;
- Food, beverages, or other refreshments;
- Study in a graduate or undergraduate program;
- Credit or non-credit online, video, or other packaged courses;
- Marketing (including websites, brochures, or advertisements); and/or,
- Equipment with a value exceeding $350 or having a life span over three years.

Pre-Application Information
Please note that late submissions will not be accepted for any reason including technical/human error. Applicants are strongly urged to submit the required forms well before the deadline.
- November 6, 2023 Notice of Intent to Apply form and Guidelines released
- November - December 2023 Notice of Intent to Apply form Assistance
- December 6, 2023 Notice of Intent to Apply form due by 12:00 PM EST NOON Requests for deadline extensions will not be permitted.
- December 22, 2023 Applicants will be notified of their Notice of Intent to Apply eligibility status.
- January 11, 2024 Application form opens in SAGE for successful Notice of Intent to Apply applicants
- January – February 2024 Application form Assistance: see schedule below
- February 6, 2024 Early Deadline to submit Application by 12:00 PM NOON Applications submitted by this date receive a staff review. Applicants will be contacted and provided a brief opportunity to resubmit any materials that are not in accordance with the guidelines.
Applications submitted after this date, but prior to February 13, 2024, will be considered final. Applicants will not be permitted to make changes to the application.
- February 13, 2024 Application form due in SAGE by 12:00 PM EST NOON
- Spring 2024 Arts Council convenes application review panels and crafts recommendations.
- July 2024 Arts Council votes on and announces grant awards.
- July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025 Grant period for successful applications.

Once a Notice of Intent to Apply form has been approved, Arts Council staff will contact the applicant to submit an Application form in SAGE. Submission instructions will be provided at that time. The instructions will include a username and password to log in to the SAGE system to access the Application form.

An individual may submit only one application for this grant program opportunity.

Should more than two applicants request to work with the same mentor, consultant, master, instructor, expert, or other paid collaborator, only the two highest-scoring applicants will be awarded funds.

Grantees will receive 90% of the award upon execution of the contract (Fall 2024) and the remaining 10% upon execution and approval of the final report (Summer 2025). A final report will be due 30 days after the completion of the grant period.

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request up to $10,000 to cover the costs of a structured learning opportunity in their art form.

Term of Contract
All activities attributed to this grant program must take place between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025. Grant funds must be fully expended and all work completed by the end of the grant period.

Contact Information
Applicants must complete and submit a Notice of Intent to Apply form via email to and cc: The email should be sent with the subject line: “Folk & Traditional Arts Project.”

Direct questions to:
Kim Nguyen, Program Officer for Folk Arts
Or at the above email address.

The Arts Council is committed to ensuring its programs are accessible to all people. For accessibility services related to filing this application, please contact Accessibility Coordinator, Lindsay Dandeo at 609-984-7020 (NJ Relay 711) or

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Folk Arts Apprenticeships
33 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Tel: (609) 292-6130
NJ Relay: 711

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