ARTIST GRANTS

Monmouth Arts is pleased to announce the distribution of $30,000 in COVID-19 Artist Relief Grants and Art Project Grants, through a partnership with the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. These grants were awarded to artists throughout Monmouth County to help them continue creating art in a wide variety of mediums, including visual art, dance, music, and theatre. 

 

Monmouth Arts has awarded $1,000 grants to 22 artists, to assist with living or career needs due to loss of work caused by the pandemic. Three Art Project grants, totaling $8,000, will support projects that benefit disenfranchised communities in Monmouth County and/or amplify the presence and voice of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who work as artists and creatives. Specifically, the grants will support the creation of the Central Jersey Dias De Los Muertos Creative Workshops, Supernatural: The Play, and Asbury Park’s Murals A Go-Go.

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Created in collaboration with the Arts Society of Keyport, the Central Jersey Dias De Los Muertos Creative Workshops will work to teach participants about the multicultural traditions of Dias De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The workshops will allow participants to share in a cross-cultural tradition through the creation and display of offerings and the construction of traditional masks. The finished products will be displayed in the center of Keyport on Halloween weekend and will be wrapped into the other festivities the Arts Society of Keyport is planning which include a parade, shrine, food tour, and performances. 

 

The second project to receive funding from Monmouth Arts is Supernatural: The Play. Over the course of this country’s history, BIPOC women have had to make concessions for their hair and the way it naturally grows due to societal mores and its oppressive forces. While progress has been made recently—such as with New Jersey’s recent passage of legislation that prohibits discrimination against natural hairstyles in the workplace and beyond—more can be done. Produced in Red Bank but set in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Supernatural tells the story of seven BIPOC women who are forced to confront the experiences they have had with their natural hair and themselves. 

 

The third project to earn an Arts Project grant is Asbury Park’s “Murals A Go-Go.” This project, in collaboration with the City of Asbury Park, will bring together 14 artists of various racial and ethnic backgrounds to paint double-sided 6-foot by 6-foot temporary murals all around Asbury Park. Encouraging foot traffic for businesses and bringing art to the streets, this project will use art to uplift and inspire residents. The murals will be displayed until at least 2022. 

 

“The Monmouth County arts community is one of the most creative and diverse in our State,” says Teresa Staub, Executive Director of Monmouth Arts. “While COVID-19 has disrupted so many facets of our daily lives, it has hit our arts community especially hard. These grants provide a bridge of support to area artists to get them through the pandemic and emerge stronger.”

COVID-19 Artist Relief Grants

COVID-19 Artist Relief Grants are one-time emergency relief grants made possible by the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Grants will be awarded to Monmouth County artists to assist with living or career needs such as housing, childcare, groceries, and bills due to the loss of work caused by the pandemic. Grants will be awarded based upon demonstrated financial need, available funding, and equitable distribution of funds relating to racial/ethnic diversity, geography, and arts disciplines. 

 

This grant application must be completed in its entirety on Submittable, Monmouth Arts’ grant portal. Please read the guidelines carefully and then follow the link to the Submittable application.

Grant Request: $1,000

 

Grant Timeline: 

  • Application Opens: March 15, 2021 

  • Virtual Grant Workshops: March 23 and 24 at 4:00 pm

  • Application Deadline:  Applications must be successfully submitted online on or before April 15, 2021, at midnight. 

  • Notification: All applicants will be notified in writing no later than May 7, 2021  

 

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to your work and career in your chosen medium

  • 21 years of age or older

  • A resident of Monmouth County

  • Working in the United States for the last two years

  • Not related to a Monmouth Arts staff or Board member

  • Artists who work in the following fields: 

    • Craft (ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metals, textiles, etc.)

    • Dance (dancers, choreographers; aerial, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, etc.)

    • Film (animation, documentary, episodic, experimental, narrative, etc.)

    • Music (composers, musicians; classical, contemporary, experimental, folk,    instrumental, jazz, pop, world, etc.)

    • Theater and Performance (directing, experimental, live-action, playwriting, puppetry, tactical and site performance, etc.)

    • Traditional Arts (work related to the continuity and evolution of a tradition or cultural heritage such as cultural dance, cultural music, oral expression, traditional crafts, etc.)

    • Visual Art (installation, painting, performance art, photography, sculpture, sound art, video, etc.)

    • Literary Art (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, literature for children) 

 

Artistic Disciplines That Are Not Eligible

The eligibility for this grant is limited to artists whose work is in the disciplines listed above. Those who work in the field of body modification, lighting and stage design, fashion and costume design, floral design, full or part-time university faculty, school teachers, martial arts, technical writing and journalism, graphic design/advertising, culinary, event DJ, radio, box office, ushers, or other arts administrative worker are NOT eligible.

Additional Restrictions

Work undertaken while the applicant is in undergraduate or high school will not be considered. Artists who primarily earn their income in other counties or states may not apply to this grant. Businesses are not eligible to apply. Grants are not to fund art projects and capital improvements. 

                          

Application Information

The application for this grant must be completed in its entirety. You will be asked to provide your contact information, reply to the narrative prompts, and confirm your eligibility for the program. You must verify your Monmouth County residency by providing a current driver’s license or other forms of a valid ID.

Submission 

Submission of the application indicates that you have completed all required fields in the online application form but does not guarantee eligibility or that all guideline requirements have been met. Eligible applicants may submit only one application for this funding opportunity but may apply for the Monmouth Arts Art Project Grant.

Administration

Monmouth Arts will administer the application, selection process, notification, and disbursement of funds.

 

Review Process

All COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant applications will be reviewed against the listed criteria for eligibility by Monmouth Arts staff. Once eligibility has been confirmed, a grant panel will review applications and make award recommendations. Recommendations will be approved by the Monmouth Arts Board of Trustees.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in writing no later than May 7. All decisions are final and may not be appealed. 

 

Award Payment 

Monmouth Arts will provide digital contracts for selected artists. Once contract documents have been signed and a permanent Monmouth County address is verified, the grant’s total award amount will be released. Personal information will not be disclosed or publicized.

Art Project Grants

Art Project Grants will support individual artists whose art project benefits disenfranchised communities in Monmouth County and increases Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) presence and voice. Priority will be given to artists who identify as BIPOC. Grants will be provided to artists for work across all artistic disciplines (dance, music, craft, film, traditional art, theater and performance, multidisciplinary, visual art, literary art). Art Projects may be existing or new and fit in the categories listed below.    

This grant application must be completed in its entirety on Submittable, Monmouth Arts’ grant portal. Please read the guidelines carefully and then follow the link to the Submittable application.

Grant Request: Between $1,000 and $3,000 

 

Grant Timeline: 

  • Application Opens: March 15, 2021 

  • Virtual Grant Workshops: March 23 and 24 at 4:00 pm   

  • Application Deadline: Applications must be successfully submitted online on or before April 15, 2021, at midnight. 

  • Notification: All applicants will be notified in writing no later than May 7, 2021  

  • Project must take place between: June 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021

  • Final Report: Each grantee is required to submit a final report within 30 days of the close of the project. 

 

Budget Form

Please use this budget form to submit income and expenses related to your Art Project. Click here to download the budget form.

 

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to your work and career in your chosen medium

  • 21 years of age or older

  • A resident of Monmouth County

  • Working in the United States for the last two years

  • Not related to a Monmouth Arts Board or staff member

  • Able to provide a social security number

  • Carry out the Art Project in Monmouth County

  • Note: Artists who work collaboratively may apply as a team but will need to submit one application and name one lead artist.   


Your work must fit within the following categories:

  • Craft (ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metals, textiles, etc.)

  • Dance (dancers, choreographers; aerial, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, etc.)

  • Film (animation, documentary, episodic, experimental, narrative, etc.)

  • Music (composers, musicians; classical, contemporary, experimental, folk,    instrumental, jazz, pop, world, etc.)

  • Theater & Performance (experimental, live-action, playwriting, puppetry, etc.) 

  • Traditional Art (work related to the continuity and evolution of a tradition or cultural heritage such as cultural dance, cultural music, oral expression, traditional crafts, etc.)

  • Visual Art (installation, painting, performance art, photography, sculpture, sound art, video, etc.)

  • Literary Art (poetry, etc.) 

  • Multidisciplinary 

 

Artistic Disciplines That Are Not Eligible

The eligibility for this grant is limited to artists whose work is in the disciplines listed above. Those who work in the field of body modification, lighting and stage design, fashion and costume design, floral design, full or part-time university faculty, arts instructors and school teachers, martial arts, technical writing and journalism, graphic design/advertising, culinary, event DJ, radio, box office, ushers, or other arts administrative worker are NOT eligible.

 

Additional Restrictions

Students attending high school or students pursuing undergraduate degrees in an arts discipline at the time of application may not apply.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Capital projects - brick and mortar activities and capital improvements, or for the purchase of permanent equipment.

  • Addressing debt - eliminating or reducing existing debt or for contributions to an endowment fund.

  • Fundraising

  • Prizes and awards - your project having an award or competition component does not make the project ineligible; Monmouth Arts funds just may not be used for prize or award.

  • Hospitality expenses - under no circumstances will the grant funds go towards the purchase of alcoholic beverages. 

  • Religious activities - applications for projects that proselytize or promote religious activities or take place as part of a religious service.

  • Private functions not open to the public - performances and art exhibitions not available to the general public or are inaccessible to people with disabilities. For example, activities that take place on a closed school campus during the school day. 

Application Information

The application for this grant must be completed in its entirety. You will be asked to provide your contact information, reply to the narrative prompts, and confirm your eligibility for the program. You must verify your Monmouth County residency by submitting a copy of your driver’s license or other forms of a valid ID.  

Submission 

Submission of the application indicates that you have completed all required fields in the online application form but does not guarantee eligibility or that all guideline requirements have been met. Eligible applicants may submit only one application for this funding opportunity but may apply for the Monmouth Arts COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant. 

 

Administration

Monmouth Arts will administer the application, selection process, notification, and disbursement of funds.

 

Review Process

All applications will be reviewed against the listed criteria for eligibility by Monmouth Arts staff. Once eligibility has been confirmed, a grant panel will review applications and make award recommendations. Recommendations will be approved by the Monmouth Arts Board of Trustees.

 

Notification

All applicants will be notified in writing no later than May 7. All decisions are final and may not be appealed. 

 

Award Payment 

Monmouth Arts will provide digital contracts for selected artists. Once contract documents have been signed and a Monmouth County address is verified, the grant’s total award amount will be released. 

  1. Upon receipt of signed contract agreements, Monmouth Arts will issue 75% of the artist’s total award amount. 

  2. After the project is successfully executed, grantees are required to complete a final grantee report. Upon approval of the final grantee report and supplemental materials, Monmouth Arts will issue the final 25% of the total award amount.

Grantee Requirements

Grantees must acknowledge the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation and Monmouth Arts’ support of their project by including their logos in all print and promotional materials related to the grant.

Accessibility

Funded projects must be accessible to people with disabilities and held in a physically accessible venue. We ask grantees to take all steps possible to increase programmatic accessibility. For instance, a play reading could include sign language interpreters and assistive listening devices to make the program accessible to individuals with hearing loss. For information and guidance on making your Project accessible to people with disabilities, click here to review the Accessibility page on the New Jersey Theatre Alliance website.

 

Membership 

Membership with Monmouth Arts is not required for eligibility, but an Artist Membership can help expand your creative network and keep you informed about other opportunities. To become a Member, click here