Grants & Funding Opportunities

 

There are many grants and resources available to support your work in the cultural sector. The list below is not all-inclusive but does highlight some relevant resources.

Click the title to learn more about each opportunity.

*These are not SJCA programs, please address any questions directly with each resource. 

Grant Description Deadline
The Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program The Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program provides short-term, immediate August rent or mortgage reimbursement support to New Jersey small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits that have suffered physical damage as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Henri on August 22nd or 23rd, 2021 and/or Hurricane Ida on September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2021. The program will provide grants equal to an eligible applicant’s demonstrated unmet need for support of August rent/mortgage payment up to a cap of $5,000. Applications will open Friday, September 17th, 2021 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. First come, first served basis
Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 Americans for the Arts seeks 250 partner organizations to participate in AEP6, their sixth national economic impact study of America’s nonprofit arts and cultural industry. September 30, 2021
Cape May County Arts and History Re-Grant Program Through funding provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey State Historical Commission, the Division of Culture & Heritage provides Cape May County organizations an opportunity to apply for funding for operations and projects that have an arts and/or history component. October 15, 2021
Live Music Society Grants Live Music Society launched its relief efforts in the Fall of 2020 with the first phase of grants to 20 small music venues across the country.  We are committed to giving $2 million in grants, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, in our first two years of operation. Applications will be open September 28. Venues must ensure that the eligible criteria  is met before applying. October 20, 2021
National Medal for Museum and Library Service The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Since 1994, IMLS has presented the award to institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to community service. November 1, 2021
National Leadership Grants for Museums National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession to strengthen museum services for the American public. Grant amounts range between $5,000 – $750,000 for up to three years. November 15, 2021
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Grant amounts range from $5,000 – $50,000. November 15, 2021
Museum Grants for African History and Culture The Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program (AAHC program) is designed to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums. The AAHC program supports projects that nurture museum professionals, build institutional capacity, and increase access to museum and archival collections at African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Organizations that fulfill the eligibility criteria specified in the FY2022 NOFO may apply. November 15, 2021
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program This program is designed to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions,educational services and programming, workforce professional development, organizational capacity building, and collections stewardship. As a result, the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program has significant potential to generate positive societal impact through project
activities undertaken as part of the grant-funded work and activities that may be complementary to the project.
November 15, 2021
Museums for America This program supports museums of all sizes and disciplines in strategic, project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources,professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. November 15, 2021
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff Museums Empowered is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program. It is designed to support projects that use the transformative power of professional development and training to generate systemic change within museums of all types and sizes. Projects are expected to involve multiple levels of staff, leadership, and volunteers in a set of logical, interrelated activities tied directly to addressing a key need or challenge; reflect a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about professional development; and generate measurable results. November 15, 2021
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant  2021 Emergency Grants
Financial Relief for Artists Impacted by COVID-19
Eligible Categories: Dance and Performance Art/Theater, Music/Sound, Poetry/Literature, and Visual Arts/Moving Image
December 13th, 2021
The Scattergood Foundation Scattergood funds “organizations and projects which disrupt our current behavioral health space and create impact at the individual, organizational, and societal levels” and priority is given to “organizations that serve and are led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color.” January 28th, 2022;
April 29th, 2022
Window of Opportunity (WOO) Community Care Fund The Window of Opportunity (WOO) Community Care Fund provides financial assistance of up to $2,500 to Leeway grant and award recipients experiencing immediate financial need due to the continuation of the pandemic’s impact on artist lives and livelihoods͘.Currently, we still have significant resources available, and applications will be accepted until funds are depleted. We know these are challenging times for all of us and appreciate your willingness to think about other members of the community but given the amount of money currently remaining in the fund, we STRONGLY encourage you to request the full amount–$2,500! Deadlines are on a rolling basis, from February 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021, or until funds are depleted.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant Opportunities Guidelines and applications are available in the multiple grant categories for Fiscal Year 2021. Please read specific eligibility criteria carefully. Multiple Grants and Deadlines
New Jersey Council for the Humanities NJCH is honored to once again provide support for New Jersey humanities organizations and programs through our COVID-19 Response Grants. NJCH has made these funds available as operational and programmatic support for nonprofit organizations that provide humanities programming to public audiences to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic. Multiple Grants and Deadlines
South Arts Emerging and mid-career jazz artists, take your music to places it’s never been. Jazz Road Tours offer grants of up to $15,000 to develop tours into communities across the country. Rolling deadline – 60 days prior
Artist Rescue Trust Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T.) exists is to provide relief funding to musicians and artists whose ability to perform, tour and earn a living has been negatively affected by COVID-19. A.R.T. will provide $1,500 over three months to artists in need and amplify the stories, performances and creations they had hoped to share with the world before the pandemic limited their ability to do so. Rolling
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

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The Russell J. Efros Foundation The RJE Sprout Fund will provide financial means to projects that will be completed within the next 12 months. All artists are encouraged to apply – formally trained, self-taught, and those whose creative work falls outside of traditional forms of art. Artists are also encouraged to apply for funds for projects that involve their communities such as art classes, therapy, outreach, and non-traditional projects. Awards will continue to be administered throughout the calendar year on an ongoing basis. Funds will be prioritized for artists working with marginalized and underserved audiences, topics, or subject matter. Rolling
Office Hours with Nina  Based on popular demand, Nina is extending her weekly Zoom office hours through 2021 on Fridays at 11am ET, except for the blackout dates below. She will continue to help the arts community to navigate the complex web of federal funding opportunities, regulations, and deadlines related to current and upcoming COVID-19 economic federal aid programs. Regularly check this site for any additional dates or occasional blackout dates. Rolling
The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Fund Grant The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. Rolling
Authors League Fund The Authors League Fund helps authors, dramatists, journalists, critics, short story writers, and poets. The Authors League Fund is an emergency fund. We help in times of urgent need, when a writer cannot afford to pay for necessities. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Rolling

Calls & Other Opportunities

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*These are not SJCA programs, please address any questions directly with each resource. 

Opportunity Description Deadline
2022 Academy of American Poets First Book Award There is still time to submit to the 2022 Academy of American Poets First Book Award, the nation’s most generous first-book prize for poetry, judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess. The winner will receive $5,000 and their manuscript will be published by Graywolf Press in 2023. The recipient will be announced in April 2022 during National Poetry Month. October 1st, 2021
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research Fellow(s) (AAAE) The Association of Arts Administration Educators seeks its 2021/22 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research Fellow(s) to investigate the intersection of EDI and arts management programs October 2, 2021
Host 2022 Northeast Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit A Summit brings to your community hundreds of civic and cultural leaders for 1-3 days.  This includes grantmakers, public officials and influencers in our field.  Not only will they be spending money in your town, you can impress them by highlighting good work in your community. The theme of the Summit is growing cultural tourism along transit corridors.  We will give preference to communities where the event can be held within a mile of a train station or bus station. October 10, 2021
Designing Healthier Places Designing Healthier Communities develops diverse community-based teams to become stewards for placemaking oriented to well-being. Each team includes, at minimum: a working creative sector professional; a health professional; and an influential representative from the local government. Up to five community teams will be selected for the program in 2021. Teams will be selected from throughout New Jersey through an open RFP process. Grunin Foundation will sponsor a team from Monmouth or Ocean County. October 15, 2021
Stories of Atlantic City (SOAC) Community Reporter Fellowship Stories of Atlantic City’s Community Reporter Fellowship is a 7-month civic education and journalism skill-building program, training community members to provide better access to critical local information. Members of our cohort will be trained to report on important local meetings (Executive Council, City Council, Casino Reinvestment and Development Authority, the Board of Education, etc.) and events and will earn a stipend for their work. Our goal is to fill in the gap where traditional journalism methods are not meeting the larger Atlantic City community’s information needs. October 25, 2021
ArtPride's Annual Meeting Each fall, ArtPride convenes arts professionals from across the state to engage existing and potential members in advocacy work, review the impact of programs and services, and connect with one another. October 26, 2021
Education Director for Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, located at the center of the Jersey Shore, is looking to add to its education team to meet the evolving needs of the community it serves. The qualified candidate will be responsible for creating educational content and hosting educational programs. Familiarity with Word, Excel, FaceBook, YouTube, Constant Contact, and iMovie/iShot are preferred. Familiarity with the coastal culture of the Jersey Shore and ease in adjusting your plans when the wind is out of the west is also a must. Until Filled
Camden FireWorks Studio Space Rental Applications for studio space at Camden FireWorks are now being accepted from artists who would like to pursue their art in a communal setting. We are looking for artists who demonstrate a commitment to their career with an exhibition record or letter(s) of reference and who can provide an artist statement of one page or less. This space is perfect for a painter, quilter, or one who works in photography or digital media and is available to rent at $350/month. Leases are for a one-year term. Until Filled
Stockton Performing Arts Center is Seeking an Interim Associate Director The Performing Arts Center of Stockton University is seeking to fill a full-time Interim Associate Director to manage box office operations and front-of-house duties for all assigned events and performances, beginning as soon as possible. Until Filled
National Endowment for the Arts Volunteer to Be a National Endowment for the Arts Panelist. The NEA is looking for individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals in a variety of funding categories. Anytime
Take Action Now! Urge Your U.S. House Representative to Co-Sponsor the Bi-Partisan Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA) CERA calls for $300 million for a new grant program to support the arts. The grants will go to local, state, and tribal agencies, workforce investment boards, and public or private nonprofit entities that can hire local creative workers and produce publicly-available creative projects. These projects could include public artworks, festivals, performances, written works, anthologies and narrative collections from first responders and historically marginalized communities, and arts education work. Anytime
Murphy Writing Opportunities  Online Writing Workshops and Retreats made available through Stockton University Anytime

More Resources

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*These are not SJCA programs, please address any questions directly with each resource. 

Type Source Title/Description Source Type
Artist Fractured Atlas Contracts for Artists: What They Are, When to Use Them, How They Can Protect You Web Article
Organizations/Artists Creative Placemaking Creative Place Podcast: We interview interesting creative placemakers about their work and their ideas. You can be a part of the conversation too! Podcast
Organizations/Artists Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Complete Fall COVID-19 Impact on Greater Philadelphia Survey by September 24th, 2021 Website
Artist Creative Capital Creative Capital Social Media Best Practices for Artists Guide - PDF
Organizations/Artists Givitas Givitas: Better Advice, Deeper Connections Website
Organization NJ Small Business Development Center We Help Small Businesses Get The Funding They Deserve Website
Organizations/Artists Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, are not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Website
Organizations/Artists Capital Team We Help Small Businesses Get The Funding They Deserve Website
Organizations/Artists Mental Health Association in New Jersey Virtual Groups for Emotional Support Website
Organizations/Artists The New Jersey Small Business Development at Ramapo College The New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Ramapo College is a federal-state-education partnership, primarily funded by the United States Small Business Administration, that provides no-cost business management counseling and information services to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Website
Organizations/Artists Pro Bono Partnership Pro Bono Partnership assists qualifying nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York (excluding NYC) with their business legal needs. Website
Organizations/Artists Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Artist Power Center The Artist Power Center is a digital platform created to help artists and cultural workers navigate emergency relief and continue to build long-term careers. The platform allows artists to share knowledge, exchange resources and opportunities, advocate for what matters and create connections across sectors to strengthen the creative community across the United States. Website
Organization Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 Americans for the Arts seeks 250 partner organizations to participate in AEP6, their sixth national economic impact study of America’s nonprofit arts and cultural industry. Report - PDF
Organization Catchafire - Strengthen Your Organization With Help From Skilled Volunteers Skills-based volunteering is a powerful resource for driving operational growth, which ultimately helps you achieve your mission. This program connects you with talented professionals looking to give back, allowing you to access expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more. Website
Organizations/Artists Art Inventory Software - Easy Art Management Artwork Archive provides artists, collectors and organizations powerful tools to manage their artwork, career or collection. Website
Organization Forecast Forecast is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1978 by and for artists working in public space. Based in Saint Paul, MN and working both locally and nationally, Forecast connects artists with cities, institutions and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. We partner with decision-makers and stakeholders on arts and cultural planning efforts, and support public artists with funding, training and opportunities to create partnerships and advance their public art careers. We also help others find, select, curate, fund and commission public artists. Forecast emphasizes access for artists of color, indigenous artists, and groups that are traditionally excluded. Website