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Essex County Local Arts and History Grant Program

Grants to Essex County, New Jersey Nonprofits and
Agencies for Local Arts and Historical Programming

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Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs - Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs

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Deadline Date:

08/07/17 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Essex County, New Jersey nonprofit organizations and government agencies that offer arts, cultural, and historical programming for local communities. Requests will be considered for both project support and general operating support.

The following grant programs are available:
1) Essex County Local Arts Grant
2) Essex County Local History Grant

The following types of grants are available under the Arts and History grant programs:

General Operating Support (GOS): Grants are available to support the overall operations of nonprofit organizations whose missions are exclusively devoted to arts or history. These grants are non-restricted, non-project funds.

Special Project Support (SPS): Grants are available to support the cost of a special project of the applicant. The special project must be wholly dedicated to the arts or history and be a project or program open to the general public.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173543

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards generally range from $500 - $5,000.

General Operating Support (GOS) requests for funding may not exceed 20% of the applicant’s annual expense budget.

Term of Contract:

Funding is available for activities conducted between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Applicants must:

A. Be located in Essex County and primarily serve the constituency of Essex County.

B. Be incorporated in the State of New Jersey as a nonprofit corporation or a unit of government.

C. Have tax exempt status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with IRC 501 (c)3 or (c)4.

D. Be in compliance with all pertinent State and Federal regulations including, but not limited to the:

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.

This grant will not fund:
-Capital improvements and acquisitions
-Hospitality costs and foreign travel
-Student publications, student performances and scholarships
-Projects in educational or religious institutions which are primarily students or members and do not involve the public at large. Programs must be supplemental to any curriculum and separate from any religious observance. Schools may seek artist residency support through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts’ Artist in Education program.
-Fundraising events
-Organizations receiving grant funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts or another County Arts Agency
-Organizations receiving GOS support from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

*Organizations receiving GOS support from the New Jersey Historical Commission may apply under SPS category.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All nonprofit organizations with cultural programming are invited to attend the following informational conferences:

Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 PM
Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Classroom 1
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange NJ

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 PM
Essex County Environmental Center
621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland NJ

Saturday, June 17 at 10:00 AM
Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center
Extension Division, Branch Brook Park, Belleville NJ

More information regarding conferences may be found at the Culture Calendar here:

Pre-Application Information:

General Operating Support (GOS) grants must be matched one dollar for every dollar awarded (1:1).

Special Project Support (SPS) requests can be made up to 50% of the special project’s expenses. SPS grants must be matched one dollar for every dollar awarded (1:1); the match may be comprised of up to 50% of in-kind support. Colleges and Universities receiving state support must make a 2:1 match to the Local Arts Grant.

The online grant application is available beginning June 1st. The deadline for submission is August 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Grant Interface:

Jamie Wessel

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Essex County