ArtHelps Local Arts Grants

Local Arts Grants

In partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, we offer ArtHelps Local Arts Grants to provide access to quality arts experiences in Monmouth County communities. Each year, the program supports more than 2,500 high-quality, low-cost exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops, and arts festivals that serve over 700,000 children and adults.

Eligible recipients include Monmouth County nonprofit arts organizations and community groups with arts programs that provide excellent arts events that are accessible and beneficial to the public. Organizations must be able to complete all reporting necessary by the deadlines in order to accept public funds, including application, a contract, an interim report and a final report. 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%. FY 2016 Applications are due June 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Types of grants include General Operating Support (GOS) for arts organizations, General Program Support (GPS) for other types of non-profit organizations that have significant arts programs, Special Project Support (SP) for all types of non-profit organizations, Small Scale Arts (SSA) and Technical Assistance (TA). 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.


Mini Grants are $500 grants available through out the year for arts projects by new and emerging organizations. Organizations can apply for one mini grant per fiscal year. Applicants must match each grant dollar with one dollar of unrestricted funds. Organizations that receive an ArtHelps Local Arts Grant are not eligible during the same fiscal year. Mini Grants have a simple application process and a short time frame from application to award. There is no deadline, but there are a limited number of mini grants available.

GRANT WORKSHOPS are held each spring to provide step-by-step assistance with the Monmouth Arts application process and ADA requirements. Offered free of charge, these workshops are a valuable resource for those considering applying for any type of grant. FY 2016 workshops will be held at the Monmouth Arts office in April and May of 2015:

  • Workshop on Accessibility with the Cultural Access Network Project – Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 pm
  • Workshop for Applicants including ADA Requirements – Monday May 4, 6:30 pm or Tuesday May 5, 10:00 am
  • Workshop on Strategic Planning with Pat Richter – Monday May 11, 6:30 pm

To register for a grant workshop, contact Danielle Acerra: or 732-212-1890 x 3

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ArtHelps Local Arts Grants

FY 2016 Grant Workshops will be held at Monmouth Arts in May 2015:Workshop on Accessibility with the Cultural Access Network Project – Tuesday April 7, 7: 00 – 8:30 pm. Workshop for Applicants including ADA Requirements – Monday May 4, 6:30 pm or Tuesday May 5, 10:00 am. Workshop on Strategic Planning – Monday May 11, 6:30 pm. 

To register for Grant Workshops: or 732-212-1890 x 3. Local Arts Grant Application deadline is June 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

Download FY 2015 Mini Grant application: | MA FY 2015 MINIGRANT

Downloads: COMING SOON

ArtHelps Local Arts Grant Fiscal Year 2016

(GOS, GPS, SPS, TA) | doc.

Small Scale Arts (SSA) | doc.

Finance Charts in Excel FY 16 Application Finance Chart #1 (excel) | FY 16 Application Finance Chart #2 (excel)
ADA Checklist - addressing issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act is required with all applications. download the ADA checklist

Funding StatementOur resources page has logos & funding statement

Funding Statement Display Poster (11×17) | Download Display Poster   * Note that you can print this at 50% to fit on 8 1/2 x 11″ paper if needed. However, if it is going to be on display, the final product  needs to be blown up full size, as per the publicity agreement. We also keep printed posters in the office, so you can just pick one up.

Discover Jersey Arts Playbill Ads: Click here to see assorted sizes

Monmouth Arts Ads: Color | B&W

* See publicity agreement for usage guidelines