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Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant Program

Grants to New Jersey Master Folk Artists
to Teach Traditional Arts to Apprentices

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New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Deadline Date:

04/04/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of $3,500 to New Jersey master folk artists and craftspersons to mentor apprentices in folk and traditional arts. Funding is intended to enable traditional communities to pass down their wisdom of traditional art forms. Priority will be given to applications that support art forms that are in danger of being lost or help to preserve an endangered language.

At least 80% of the award must be used to compensate the master for his or her time, with the remainder used for travel, materials, or supplies.

Lessons should be one-on-one unless the art form can only be performed with another person.

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 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
-Shared cultural heritage of master and apprentice
-Traditionality of the art form within the shared community of the master and apprentice
-Adequacy and appropriateness of the work plan and budget

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154141

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Council awards $3,500 to successful Folk Arts Apprenticeship applications.

Term of Contract:

The Grant Period for Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants under this program runs July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Apprenticeships are eligible for funding for a second year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 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

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.

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.

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 and not in a group or class setting.

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 at (609) 292-4495.

February 23, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Folklife Program for New Jersey
East Jersey Olde Town Village
1050 River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

February 27, 2019 11:00 p.m. – 12: 30 p.m.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
33 West State Street, 4th Flr.
Trenton, NJ 08608

March 3, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jersey Shore Folklife Center
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum
120 Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087

March 6, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Passaic County Community College
Hamilton Club Building
32 Church Street, 1st floor
Paterson, NJ 07505

All workshop sites are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines and Schedule for the FY20 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant Application Process:

-The FY20 Folk Arts Apprenticeship application will open in SAGE in January 2019.
-The FY20 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Application must be efiled in SAGE by Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Requests for extensions to the deadline will not be permitted.
-Peer Panel Deliberation and Review May 2019
-Council Grants Committee Review June 2019
-Council Votes on Award Recommendations Annual Meeting July 2019

All potential applicants are encouraged to contact Folk Arts Program Officer Kim Nguyen to discuss the application and how best to develop it.

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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