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ArtHelps Local Arts Program Grants - Full Application (GOS, GPS, SP, TA)

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Arts Organizations
in Eligible Areas for Operating and Program Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Monmouth Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

07/06/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofits, arts organizations, government units, IHEs, and schools in eligible locations for art programs, organizational support, and technical assistance. Funding is intended to support high-quality arts projects that provide public benefit and are accessible to a wide range of residents. Eligible organizations and programs benefit residents of Monmouth County. Types of grants include General Operating Support (GOS), General Program Support (GPS), Special Project Support (SP) for all types of non-profit organizations, and Technical Assistance (TA).

Grants Categories:

  1. General Operating Support Grants are unrestricted and can be used to support the overall operations of the applicant’s organization that are exclusively devoted to the arts. Applicants must have an arts-related primary mission and a current strategic plan. 
  2. General Program Support Grants are restricted to arts programs that have a history of support from the applicant organization and have their own distinct goals and objectives. Programs may include multiple events or activities that are wholly dedicated to the arts and are considered core and permanent offerings by the applicant organization. Applicants must have a current strategic plan.   
  3. Special Project Grants are for an arts project or event that will occur either once or periodically for a short duration of time. 
  4. Technical Assistance Grants are for arts organizations that are emerging or developing and serve an underserved racial or cultural group or other special constituency or for existing arts organizations that wish to build their capacity. Emerging organizations must present evidence of commitment, sustainability, community support, and mission related programs and events.  Existing arts organizations must explain the specific capacity building help they need and how they will benefit from it. Capacity building includes strategic planning, Board/staff training, human resources expertise, information technology, marketing, and communications assistance. 

For information about desirable practices and characteristics of successful grantees, see Page 1 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170284

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- General Operating Support Grants: Requests can be for up to 20% of the organization’s annual operating budget.
- General Program Support Grants: Requests can be for up to 20% of the annual costs of the arts program.
- Special Project Grants: Requests can be for up to 50% of project or event costs.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be expended between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All funding opportunities included in this grant application are open to applicants that are incorporated in New Jersey, based in Monmouth County and have been designated as 501(c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) nonprofit organizations, unincorporated organizations that have a fiscal sponsor, or applicants that are a unit of local government.

Educational and religious institutions may apply for General Program Support, Special Project Support, or Technical Assistance grants only. Higher educational institutions, such as a Community College or University, may submit one application per department; all other applicants may only submit one application per year.

Applicants may apply in only one category per fiscal year.

Applicants that do not have IRS tax exempt status but meet all other criteria and have a fiscal sponsor may apply for a Technical Assistance Grant or a Mini Grant only.

Grant requests may not include funds for capital improvements, acquisitions, renovations, hospitality costs, foreign travel, deficit reduction, scholarship funds, fellowships, programs in educational or religious institutions not open to the public at large, re-granting to out of state organizations or projects, fundraising events, and sponsorships.

Colleges, universities 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:

The workshop for the 2021 cycle was held online on April 28 at 10:30am. The presentation, which includes important information regarding changes to the FY 2021 program due to COVID-19, is available in Supporting Documents, below.

A workshop on Recovery Fundraising will be held online at 10:30 AM on May 14, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

Grant Period January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020​​
- Interim Reports due July 2020
- 2nd payment of 10% sent once funds are received from NJSCA
- Final Reports Due January 2021
- Final payment of 10% sent once funds are received from NJSCA

- Grant Period January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021​
- FY 2021 Applications are due Monday July 6, 2020 by 4:00pm
- Notification of Successful Award: September 2020
- 1st 80% payment sent February 2021 (as long as complete grant agreement has been submitted)
- Interim Reports due July 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

Please note: Applicants must have sufficient cash flow to support their organization, program project or event as grant funds are allocated over 3 payments of 50%, 25% and 25%.

More information on Monmouth County Arts Plan Imagine, Envision, Create:

Contact Information:

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

Email applications and submit questions to:
Connie Isbell, Membership & Community Engagement Director
732-212-1890 x 3

Monmouth Arts
105 Monmouth St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701

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