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Congratulations to the 2024 ArtHelps Local Arts Program Regrantees!

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 2025 grant cycle attend one of these workshops.

Important Dates: Fiscal Year 2025 Grant Period January 1, 2025 to December 31, 2025 

  • Applications available: April 3rd, 2024

  • Grant workshop: April 16th at 12:00pm (virtual); click here for PDF of presentation 

  • Deadline: Thursday, June 13th at 4:00pm

  • Awards Announced: October 2024

  • Contracts due: December 2nd, 2024

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.


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. 

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. A total of ten (10) Mini Grants are available for 2024.


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: or 732-212-1890 x 101

Funding Priorities
Funding Priorities

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 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
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.


2024 Mini Grant Guidelines and Application | CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Preview of Guidelines and Sample Application in Word


Fiscal Year 2025 General Operating Support Guidelines and Application | DEADLINE HAS PASSED

Preview of Guidelines and Sample Application in Word

Download the FY 2025 General Operating Support Finance Chart

Fiscal Year 2025 Special Project Support Guidelines and Application | DEADLINE HAS PASSED

Preview of Guidelines and Sample Application in Word

Download the FY 2025 Special Project Support Budget Sheet

Grant Status
Grant Status

Check here for updates about the status of ongoing and future ArtHelps opportunities:

  • Ten 2024 Mini Grants are available for 2024; applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed every two months. 

  • Fiscal Year 2025 applications and guidelines were made available April 3, 2024. The application deadline has passed. Notifications of funding will be made in October 2024.


Free workshops for interested applicants are offered each year during the grant cycle. 

Grant Toolkit
Grant Toolkit
Previous Grants
Previous Grants

2023 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Grants

In partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Monmouth Arts awarded an infusion of $15,000 in funds for groups with projects that promoted equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion and that impact traditionally underserved constituencies in Monmouth County. Project grants ranged from $1,000 to $3000 and supported activities such as art exhibitions, dance instruction for underserved youth, and free community music performances. Through project-based funding, the grants assisted Monmouth Arts in bringing new voices, perspectives, and practices into the community. 

Monmouth Arts congratulates the recipients of the 2023 EDI Grants: T. Thomas Fortune Foundation, Monmouth Day Care Center, and the Asbury Park African American Music Project. 

Renew 2022 Grants

In 2022 Monmouth Arts awarded a total of $30,000 to 10 organizations to support free arts events and live performances in Monmouth County. In partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the grants went towards reviving Monmouth County live performances and events to hep fuel the reopening and recovery of nonprofit arts organizations after COVID-19. 


Recipients of the Renew 2022 grants included Creative Operations, Asbury Park African-American Music Heritage Project, Red Bank Chamber Music Society, Jazz Arts Project, Wooden Walls Public Art Project, Asbury Park Arts Council, Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, Dromio Players, and Center Players.

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