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Arts and Crafts Mentorship Projects

Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Program

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New Jersey State Council on the Arts

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03/31/22 4:00 PM EST


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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.

Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants encourage communities to continue passing on their valued traditions in traditional settings, by providing stipends so that master folk artists and craftspeople can help apprentices develop greater skill. Since 1995, these grants have supported apprenticeships in many different cultural communities, reflecting the rich array of traditional arts in our state. 

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.
  • Community based traditions that are valuable to communities, but not likely involved in professional individual networks or taught in a formal or institutional process.
  • Traditions, communities and art forms of the state that have not previously been supported through the Apprenticeship program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 154141

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Council awards $4,000 to successful Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship applications, which includes a $500 stipend for the Apprentice. At least 80% of 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 Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants under this program runs July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

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 a resident 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.

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.

Only one application per apprentice per year may be submitted.

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant Eligibility Requirements
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, either virtual or in person, unless the art form can only be performed with another person. This program does not fund group classes.
- 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. Care should be given to explain how the work relationship will maintain a high level of excellence in a virtual environment, if applicable.

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, as well as a clear, detailed plan for a second year of learning.

Apprentices who have received two consecutive years of Council Apprenticeship funds may not reapply to the program for the next three consecutive years.

Grant funds may not be used for foreign travel, hospitality costs, capital improvements, the purchase of permanent equipment, or to support on-going, school-based classes.

Pre-Application Information:

- January 2022: Guidelines released to the field
- January - March 2022: Application technical assistance office hours and webinars hosted by Council staff. Registration is required.
- February 7, 2022: All potential applicants must register in SAGE by 4:00 PM EST.
- February 8, 2022: Application available in SAGE to all registered applicants.
- March 31, 2022: Applications due no later than 4:00 PM EST.
- May 2022: Peer panel deliberation and review.
- June 2022: Council Grants Committee review.
- July 2022: Council votes on award recommendations at Annual Meeting.
- July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023: Grant period for successful applications.

The first payment, 85% of the award, will be advanced to the Apprentice after he or she has completed and returned the grant contract. The final 15% of the award will be made after the final report has been submitted and approved.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
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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