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ARTSTART GRANT PROGRAM 2020 

The Newark Arts Council was created to advance and expand the artistic and cultural resources of the City of Newark. It fulfills its mission to bring the transformative power of the arts into the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit Newark through programs, advocacy, promotion, education, and coordination.

Newark Arts established the ArtStart Grant Program in 2001 specifically to nurture arts and cultural activities throughout the City of Newark and to enhance the capacity of Newark’s non-profit organizations, schools, and individual artists to provide arts-based projects throughout the City’s five wards. ArtStart events must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Newark Arts gratefully recognizes the long-time generous supporters of the ArtStart Grant Program: Prudential Foundation, Bank of America, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, M&T Bank, and the Turrell Foundation.

Why, Who, and How Much We Fund:  

Why: 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.

Who: 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 on-going presence. Programs that engage children ages 0-5 are highly encouraged to apply as there is specific funding for this age group.  Proposals from Newark area arts organizations, schools, and individual artists who provide creative visual, literary, performing, film, and public arts projects that meet these criteria are invited. 

* Organizations without 501(c)3 status must apply with a tax-exempt organization serving as their fiscal agent. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (see sample attached) is required as evidence of this relationship. 

How Much: Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000


DEADLINES and RELATED INFORMATION

  • Applications Available: January 26, 2020
  • Grant Preparation Workshops: January 16, January 18, and January 21; It is mandatory that first time applicants attend an information session.
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2020   Important: In case there are problems with the on-line system, applications must be received no later than 11:59pm on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Late or incomplete proposals will not be reviewed. Early submissions welcome!
  • Notification of Awards: June 2020
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
  • Midterm Report: January 2021
  • Final Report Due: June 2021 


About Newark Arts 

Newark Arts’ mission is to power the arts to transform the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit America’s third oldest city. Newark Arts produces the annual Newark Arts Festival, houses the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, makes grants to artists and community organizations, and partners with institutions and policymakers to strengthen Newark’s standing as a city of the arts. Newark Arts is supported by Prudential, Victoria Foundation, PSEG, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Turrell Fund, Bank of America, M&T Bank, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the City of Newark, and generous corporate, foundation, government and individual supporters. For more information on the Newark Arts Festival, call (973) 643-1625, visit newarkartsfestival.com or email festival@newarkarts.org.

Newark Arts established the ArtStart Grant Program in 2001 specifically to nurture arts and cultural activities throughout the City of Newark and to enhance the capacity of Newark’s non-profit organizations, schools, and individual artists to provide arts-based projects throughout the City’s five wards. ArtStart events must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000.    

PRIORITIES 

Newark Arts seeks to support all types of arts projects in an array of disciplines. Our priorities are arts and cultural projects that (a) engage diverse populations of Newark, (b) occur in areas of the city beyond downtown, and (c) address the empowerment of Newark residents. 

Newark Arts will give paramount consideration to projects that:   

  • Engage early learning/arts programs for early childhood (0-5 years)
  • 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 youth and/or seniors and people with special needs 
  • Support academic achievement   
  • Are provided by small organizations and individual artists, enhancing their future capacity 

Note: Past recipients who plan to present the same project must explain why the project should be funded again.

For more detailed information you can download: Full ArtStart 2020 Guidelines

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