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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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04/08/21 4:00 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.

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.

A master artist may be proposed by no more than two apprentice applicants in a single grant cycle. It is the responsibility of the applying apprentice and the master to comply with this requirement. If two apprenticeships that include the same master are funded, the training must still be conducted one-on-one, either virtual or in-person, and not in a group or class setting.

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, or marketable means to attract the general public or the community’s youth population.
  • The broad diversity of communities and art forms of the state that have not previously been supported through the Apprenticeship program.

How Folk Arts Apprenticeship Applications are Evaluated:

A panel of folk arts specialists will review each application on the following five criteria points:

  1. Excellence of the master artist, as demonstrated in support materials;
  2. Preparation and commitment of the apprentice, as demonstrated in support materials and indicated in the application;
  3. Shared cultural heritage of master and apprentice, as well as demonstrated connection between master and apprentice;
  4. Traditionality of the art form within the shared community of the master and apprentice; and,
  5. Adequacy and appropriateness of the lesson plan and budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154141

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Council awards $4,000 to successful Folk Arts Apprenticeship applications. The award comprises $500 to the Apprentice to support his/her learning time; an appropriate fee to compensate the master for his or her time; with the remainder used for travel, materials, or supplies.

Term of Contract:

The cycle for Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants under this program runs July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

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.

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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.

Important: 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-proposal Conference:

ZOOM Office Hours: Applicants can log into the Council’s ZOOM Meeting to ask questions pertaining to the application. No appointment is necessary.

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Thursday, March 4, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Friday, March 26, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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For more information, see the Technical Assistance document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Deadlines:
- February/March 2021: Open office hours for technical assistance
- April 8, 2021, 2021: Application due by 4:00 PM EST
- April/May 2021: Peer panel deliberation
- June 2021: Council Grants Committee review
- July 2021: FY22 award recommendations made at Council Annual Meeting

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.

Kim Nguyen, Program Officer for Folk Arts, is available help with questions specific to your application.

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:

Direct questions to:
Kim Nguyen, Program Officer for Folk Arts

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

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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