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Local Arts Grants (LAG)

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

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

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Deadline Date:

09/01/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations and government units in eligible locations for public arts events. All applicants must participate in an online workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended for accessible artistic events that benefit 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.
- The dollar amount requested in this application is only for the first calendar year.

Term of Contract:

- Next Funding Period: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
- 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. Located in Morris County and primarily serving the constituency of Morris County;
C. 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
D. 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-proposal Conference:

All applicants are required to participate in the ADA workshop via Zoom.

If you are a first-time applicant or need a refresh on the program details, please attend one of the two workshops, via Zoom, at the end of June. Please contact Bethany Russo to be included on the participant list.

Workshops Dates:
- Program Workshops: Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:00 am OR at 5:30 pm, both via Zoom
- ADA Workshop: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 11 am, via Zoom

Pre-Application Information:

- FY 2022 Applications Due: September 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM
- Notification of Award: October - November 2021
- Grant Period: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022
- 1st 80% payment sent: February 2022
- Final Reports Due: January 2023
- 2nd and final 20% payment sent* February 2023

All applications and support materials must submitted via email. Late, incomplete or handwritten applications will not be considered.

All grant applications must include an ADA Accessibility Checklist and related ADA narrative for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (form available from the Morris Arts website).

Applicants may apply in only one category of grants.

NOTE: In response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, all matching requirements for Local Arts Grants have been waived for FY2022.

Contact Information:

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

All FY2022 applications and materials are required to be submitted online via email to

For questions or to request a FY2022 Local Arts Grant Application, please contact Bethany Russo, Interim Head of the Local Arts Grant Program, at the email above or (917) 864-9086.

Morris Arts
14 Maple Avenue – Suite 301
Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Phone: (973) 285-5115
Fax: (973) 285-1199

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