ArtHelps Local Arts Program
In partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Monmouth Arts offers ArtHelps Local Arts Program Grants through a competitive application process. The grants are intended to support organizations and programs that serve the public and provide access to a diverse array of quality arts experiences throughout Monmouth County.
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 the application, a contract, an interim report, and a final report.
Applicants should consider the current funding priorities of Monmouth Arts, which are outlined in detail on this page and in the grant guidelines. ArtHelps Local Arts Program grant applications must be completed on Submittable, Monmouth Arts’ grant portal. Please read the guidelines carefully and follow the link to Submittable (see Applications & Guidelines section). Applicants who are not yet registered with Submittable may sign up for a free account.
Grant workshops will be held to provide step-by-step assistance with the application process and the grants' ADA requirements. These virtual workshops are a valuable resource for those considering applying for any type of grant. Monmouth Arts launched a new online application portal in early 2021 and has made changes to the application process and priorities, so it is highly recommended that organizations applying for the 2022 grant cycle attend one of these workshops.
Important Dates: Grant Period January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022
2022 Applications available: April 7, 2021
Online Workshops: April 20th at 5pm and April 21st at 11:00am (see workshop recording below)
Applications due Monday June 21, 2021 by 4:00pm - DEADLINE HAS PASSED
Notification of Successful Award: October 2021
Types of Grants
Please be sure to read the complete guidelines for the grant to which you are applying. Applicants may only apply for one type of grant per year.
General Operating Support (GOS)
General Operating Support grants are available to support the overall operations of nonprofit organizations that are exclusively devoted to the arts. Applicants must have an arts-related primary mission and a current strategic plan. Requests may not exceed 20% of the organization’s annual operating budget, with a minimum request of $1,000 and a maximum of $10,000. GOS grants must be matched one dollar for every dollar awarded (1:1).
Special Project Support (SPS)
Special Project Grants are available to support organizations with an arts project or event that will occur either once or periodically for a short duration of time. Eligible applicants include organizations with an arts mission as well as non-arts organizations, municipal agencies and educational and religious institutions with an arts-specific project or event. Requests can be for up to 50% of project or event expenses, with a minimum request of $1,000 and a maximum of $5,000. SPS grants must be matched one dollar for every dollar awarded (1:1), except for non-arts organizations, which must match two dollars for every dollar awarded (2:1).
Mini Grant (MG)
Mini Grants ($500) are available for arts projects to new and emerging organizations, and organizations requiring a small amount of funding. Mini Grants have a simplified application process and a short time frame from application to award. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed every two months. Mini Grants are intended as an introduction to the ArtHelps grant program. Mini Grants must be matched one dollar for every dollar awarded (1:1). A limited number of Mini Grants are available for 2021.
Note: Municipal agencies and educational and religious institutions may apply for Special Project Support or Mini Grant only.
Interested applicants and current regrantees can refer to the Grant Toolkit section of this page for additional resources.
Questions? Contact Connie Isbell: firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-212-1890 x 3
As part of our efforts to respond to the changing needs of those we serve, Monmouth Arts is continuing to evolve our programming, operations, and grantmaking. Please note that the funding priorities for 2022 have been updated. Applicants should show strong initiative in one or more of the following areas:
Serving the needs of local artists with exemplary programs, opportunities, services, or presentation of their work.
Promoting cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion through projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups, including those that create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) or individuals living with a disability.
Forging partnerships and collaborations among individuals or organizations, especially those that include different perspectives within the community and connect the arts to other sectors such as economic development, social services, public safety, and health and healing.
Broadening public participation by attracting more people to the arts, bringing in audiences different from those the organization is already attracting, or deepening experiences by increasing current participants' levels of involvement.
Advancing and advocating for arts education in schools and life-long learning through the arts.
Preserving and conserving art forms and cultural heritage through public presentation.
Grant Applications and Guidelines
ArtHelps Local Arts Program grant applications must be completed on Submittable, Monmouth Arts’ grant portal. Please read guidelines carefully and then follow the link to the Submittable application. Applicants who are not yet registered with Submittable may sign up for a free account.
Fiscal Year 2021 Mini Grant Guidelines and Application | EMAIL FOR STATUS / MORE INFORMATION
Fiscal Year 2022 General Operating Support Guidelines and Application | DEADLINE HAS PASSED
Fiscal Year 2022 Special Project Support Guidelines and Application | DEADLINE HAS PASSED
General Operating Support Finance Chart | Download the FY 2022 GOS Finance Chart
Special Project Support Budget Sheet | Download the FY 2022 SPS Budget Sheet
Virtual Grant Workshop
Check here for updates about the status of ongoing and future ArtHelps opportunities:
Fiscal Year 2021 ArtHelps Local Arts Program grants were announced in November 2020.
Fiscal Year 2021 Mini Grant applications are now available for the current year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed every two month. Email Connie Isbell at email@example.com for application status.
The deadline for Fiscal Year 2022 ArtHelps Local Arts Program grants has passed. Awards will be announced in October 2021.
Free workshops for interested applicants are offered each year during the grant cycle. Online workshops for the 2022 grant cycle were held April 20th at 5pm and April 21st at 11:00am. A recording of the presentation is available on this page).
Congratulations to the Monmouth Arts 2021 ArtHelps Local Arts Program Grantees!
Accessibility Planning: Need help with ADA planning? Visit the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Cultural Access Network Project for resources and the recommended self-assessment survey tool.