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ArtStart Grants Program

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Schools, and Artists
to Provide Local Arts and Cultural Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Newark Arts Council

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 11:59 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, schools, and individual artists to provide arts and cultural programming in eligible locations. First-time applicants must review the information session prior to applying. Funding is intended to increase the number of quality arts and cultural offerings available to residents of Newark.

ArtStart Grants provide seed money to arts and cultural organizations, schools, and individual artists to grow the number of quality arts and cultural offerings available to individuals living in neighborhoods where there is less access, more poverty, greater social disruption, and where most of the more established arts and cultural groups do not have an ongoing presence. ArtStart projects must demonstrate that cultural assets are a vital part of community life, education, well-being, and economic development. Programs should be designed to serve as a catalyst for cultural activity that is either not available, sporadic, or available only in limited supply within a local community.

Newark Arts will give paramount consideration to projects that:  

  • Enhance recognition of the value of the arts as a catalyst to address social issues  
  • Engage with neighborhood or community based organizations and are developed to address their identified needs  
  • Take place in local neighborhoods, stimulating creativity and community engagement
  • Engage children, youth and/or seniors and people with special needs 
  • Support academic achievement   
  • Are provided by small organizations and individual artists, enhancing their future capacity 

For eligible uses of funding, see https://newarkarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/ArtStart-2021-Guidelines_compressed.pdf#page=4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180043

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000.

Term of Contract:

ArtStart events must take place between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ArtStart Grants provide seed money to arts and cultural organizations, schools, and individual artists to grow the number of quality arts and cultural offerings available to individuals living in neighborhoods where there is less access, more poverty, greater social disruption, and where most of the more established arts and cultural groups do not have an ongoing presence. Proposals from Newark area arts organizations, schools, and individual artists who provide creative visual, literary, performing, film, and public art projects that meet these criteria are invited.

Organizations/Artists not from Newark seeking funding support for programs specifically in service of Newark residents are welcome to apply.

Organizations without 501(c)3 status must apply with a tax-exempt organization serving as their fiscal agent.

For exceptions, see https://newarkarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/ArtStart-2021-Guidelines_compressed.pdf#page=3.

For programs not funded by ArtStart grant funds, see https://newarkarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/ArtStart-2021-Guidelines_compressed.pdf#page=4.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application Deadline: April 30, 2021. Important: In case there are problems with the on-line system, applications must be received no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, April 30. Early submissions welcome.
- Notification of Awards: June 2021
- Funding Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

It is mandatory that first-time applicants review the Zoom information session recording: https://youtu.be/9AeBTnve9Ho

An organization may submit one 2021 ArtStart Grant application.

ARTSTART 2021 Application Information: https://newarkarts.org/artstart/application/
FAQs: https://newarkarts.org/artstart/faq/

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://newarkarts.submittable.com/submit/181755/artstart-grant-2021

Contact Newark Arts at 973-643-1625 or info@newarkarts.org.

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