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Grants to New Jersey Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Operating Support

ArtHelps Local Arts Program Grants - General Operating Support (GOS)


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Funding Source
and New Jersey State Council on the Arts
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey: Monmouth County

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/14/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to New Jersey nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations to for operational assistance. Funding is intended to support the general operations of nonprofits that are exclusively devoted to the arts. Applicants must have an arts-related primary mission and a current strategic plan. Eligible applicants serve the public and provide access to a diverse array of quality arts experiences throughout Monmouth County.​

As part of efforts to respond to the changing needs of those Monmouth Arts serves, Monmouth Arts is continuing to evolve its programming, operations, and grantmaking. Applicants should show strong initiative in one or more of the following areas:

  • Serving the needs of local artists with exemplary programs, opportunities, services, or presentations of their work.
  • Promoting cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion through projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups, including those that create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), or individuals living with a disability. 
  • Forging partnerships and collaborations among individuals or organizations, especially those that include different perspectives within the community and connect the arts to other sectors such as economic development, social services, public safety, and health and healing.
  • Broadening public participation by attracting more people to the arts, bringing in audiences different from those the organization is already attracting, or deepening experiences by increasing current participants' levels of involvement.
  • Advancing and advocating for arts education in schools and life-long learning through the arts.
  • Preserving and conserving art forms and cultural heritage through public presentation.

Grant requests may include funds for personnel, artistic fees, space or other rental costs, materials and supplies, volunteer stipends, intern stipends, marketing and promotion, consultant fees, legal fees for rights to production, and insurance.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible recipients include Monmouth County nonprofit arts organizations and community groups with arts programs that provide excellent arts events that are accessible and beneficial to the public.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a municipal agency or a nonprofit entity based in Monmouth County and recognized by the State of New Jersey, with IRS tax exemption as a 501c3 or a 501c4 organization.
- Incorporated in New Jersey as a nonprofit organization or a unit of local government. Organizations that have not yet achieved nonprofit status but meet all other criteria and have a fiscal sponsor may apply for a Mini Grant.
- Grant-funded activities must take place in Monmouth County.
- Have a history of providing an active program in the arts for at least two years prior to application. Those with fewer than two years’ history will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may apply for a Mini Grant.
- Previous grantees must be in compliance with all contractual requirements of previous contract(s).
- In compliance with all pertinent state and federal regulations including, but not limited to, the following:
a) Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, and disability
b) 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
- Applicants may not apply to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Monmouth Arts in the same fiscal year. Applicants may not be funded by any other County Arts Agency.

Note: Municipal agencies and educational and religious institutions may apply for Special Project Support or Mini Grant only.

Grant requests may not include funds for capital improvements, acquisitions, renovations, hospitality costs, foreign travel, deficit reduction, scholarship funds or fellowships, programs in educational or religious institutions not open to the public at large, sub-granting to another organization, fundraising events, and sponsorships. Colleges, universities, and other educational and religious organizations may not include funds to pay salaries of faculty or members of the clergy unless it can be clearly demonstrated that such salaries, or a prorated share of them, expressly underwrite the project.

Pre-Proposal Conference
​Grant workshops will be held to provide step-by-step assistance with the application process and the grants' ADA requirements.

Workshops will be held on May 2nd at 5:00 pm and May 3rd at 12:00 pm

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Pre-Application Information
- Applications available: April 19th, 2023
- Online Workshops: May 2nd and May 3rd
- Deadline: Wednesday, June 14th at 4:00 pm
- Awards Announced: October 2023
- Contracts due: November 2023

Applicants may only apply for one type of grant per year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Requests may not exceed 20% of the organization’s annual operating budget, with a minimum request of $1,000 and a maximum of $10,000.

Term of Contract
Fiscal Year 2024 Grant Period: January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For questions, contact Connie Isbell at or 732-212-1890 x 101.

Monmouth Arts
105 Monmouth St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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