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Local Arts Grants (LAG)

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Units of Government
in Eligible Locations for Public Arts Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Morris Arts - New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA)

Deadline Date:

09/04/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations and units of government in eligible locations for public arts events. Funding is intended for arts events that are artistically excellent, provide public benefit, and are accessible to the public. Grants are available for general operating support and for project support. Events should take place in Morris County.

Funding is available for activities conducted in the following categories: 

  • General Operating Support (GOS) Grants are available to support the overall operations of organizations whose mission is exclusively devoted to the arts. Requests can be up to 20% of the organization’s annual expense budget. There are no matching requirements for GOS grants.
  • Special Project Support (SPS) Grants are available to support the costs of an arts-related special project of the applicant, which need not be an arts organization. The special project, however, must be wholly dedicated to the arts and be a project or program open to the general public. Note that projects or activities which are normally part of the curriculum or extra-curricular activities of an educational organization are not eligible. There are no matching requirements for SPS grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161848

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations are encouraged to note that (i) there is no set limit on the amount of funding that may be requested by an applicant, and (ii) awards are in the minimum amount of $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Next Funding Period: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Applicants who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply for multi-year funding. Multi-year grant applicants are approved for a two (2) calendar year cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be:
A. Incorporated in the state of New Jersey as a non-profit corporation or a unit of government;
B. Tax-exempt as determined by the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with IRC §501(c)3 or (c)4. Organizations that have not yet achieved not-for-profit status may apply for a Mini Grant;
C. Located in Morris County and primarily serving the constituency of Morris County;
D. Conducting an active program in the arts for at least two years prior to application. An applicant with less than two (2) years' history will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and
E. In compliance with all pertinent state and federal regulations including, but not limited to, the following: 1. Civil Rights Act of 1964 which bars discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex and disability; and 2. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires all providers of public programs and services to ensure that those programs and services can be enjoyed by all citizens, including those with disabilities.

Local Arts Grant awards cannot be awarded:
A. To individual artists;
B. To those organizations funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts or any other County Arts Agency;
C. To pay administrative salaries;
D. For capital improvements, projects or acquisitions, including the purchase of permanent equipment;
E. For hospitality costs and travel;
F. To replace deficits or funds normally budgeted for the requested program or project;
G. For the purpose of sub-granting to another organization; or
H. For fundraising projects or events, or for scholarship funds or fellowships.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2020

- FY 2021 Applications Due: September 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM
- Notification of Award: November 2020
- Grant Period: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
- 1st 80% payment sent: February 2021
- Interim Reports Due ONLY for multi-year grantees: August 2021
- 2nd payment of 10% sent: Once funds are received from NJSCA
- Final Reports Due: January 2022
- Final payment of 10% sent: Once funds are received from NJSCA

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, grant guidelines, applications and procedures have been adjusted. All matching requirements for Local Arts Grants have been waived for 2021. All FY2021 applications and materials are required to be submitted online; details are included in the application guidelines. In addition, funding and decisions about funding may be delayed.

NOTE: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, all matching requirements for Local Arts Grants have been waived for FY2021.

Applicants may apply in only one category of grants.

Contact Information:

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

Submit application, and direct questions to:
Kaity De Laura
Director of Arts in Community
(973) 285-5115 ex. 14

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USA: New Jersey: Morris County

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