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Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and
Schools in Eligible Areas for Arts Programs and Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Monmouth Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts

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Deadline Date:

07/06/20 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to New Jersey nonprofits, arts organizations, government units, IHEs, and schools in eligible locations to promote arts programming. Funding is intended to support limited arts activities, projects, or a series of events that benefit local communities. Eligible applicants serve the residents of Monmouth County. Grant may be used 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.

Monmouth Arts and the New Jersey State Council of the Arts have established the following desirable practices and characteristics of successful grantees: 

  • Serving the needs of local artists with exemplary programs, opportunities, services or presentation of their work
  • Presenting new works of art that strive to make significant contributions to the advancement of the art form
  • Preserving and conserving art forms and cultural heritage through public presentation
  • Promoting cultural diversity and diversifying cultural participation
  • Advancing and advocating for arts education in schools and life-long learning in and through the arts
  • Demonstrating and promoting the public value of the arts
  • Advocating for greater and broader support for the arts
  • Broadening, deepening or diversifying participation among arts stewards (trustees, donors, and volunteers), art creators (artists), or arts audiences by addressing the practical, perceptual or experiential impediments to arts participation especially among underserved communities.
  • Promoting accessibility to the arts for people with disabilities
  • Forging new and expanded partnerships and collaborations that connect the arts to other sectors more effectively addressing community issues and challenges, including, but not limited to, economic development, tourism, social services, law and public safety, ad health and healing among other sectors
  • Adhering to the highest standards and innovative practices of operational excellence including governance, management, planning, use of technology and resource development
  • Demonstrating exemplary contributions to the implementation of one or more strategies in the Monmouth County Arts Plan Imagine, Envision, Create.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185755

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests cannot exceed $1,000

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

The matching requirements for arts groups (dollar for dollar) and non-arts organizations (two dollars for each dollar granted) have been waived for FY 2021 applications.

Applicants must have sufficient cash flow to support their organization, program, project, or event as grant funds are allocated over three payments of 80%, 10% and 10%.

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Monmouth County

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