Arts Grants Applications Available

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY—Arts Grants applications, to fund projects taking place January 2010 through December 2010, are now available through the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

The guidelines and application forms are accessible online at http://co.middlesex.nj.us/culturalheritage under Arts Grants Forms. Applications must be submitted online no later than midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. Applications received after this date/time will not be considered. Signature pages, ADA forms and all support materials must be postmarked or brought to the commission’s office, 703 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick by 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

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The commission is offering a grant writing workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The workshop will take place at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway and is open to any non-profit organization interested in applying for arts grants. The workshop will give an overview of the new online application process, while discussing common pitfalls and errors to avoid when applying.  There will also be a question and answer period to discuss topics not covered by the workshop agenda.

To assist applicants one-on-one with the grant writing process, an Arts Grants Help Clinic will be offered at the Commission’s office, 703 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, Oct. 13 – 15,  during the day, 9 a.m. – 4  p.m.. Evening hours will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4:15 to 8:15 p.m. Call to schedule an appointment.

All forms, guidelines, ADA regulations and instructions can be found in a new, user-friendly format on the commission’s website. Hardcopy versions of the guidelines only are available by calling the Commission, 1-732-745-4489.

The purpose of the grants is to support established groups and to assist emerging arts groups while encouraging artistic excellence. Both new applicants who present outstanding proposals and previous applicants who demonstrate new and innovative programming ideas, have an equal chance of receiving funding.

Grants for specific programming are awarded as Mini-Grants (up to $2500) or as Project Grants ($2501 and up). Applicants must be Middlesex County based not-for-profit arts groups, municipal cultural organizations, community groups, or institutions of higher education. Applicants that develop project components to assist the individual, professional artist, resulting in the creation of new works, may also apply for funding under Artistic Innovation. GOS Grants (20 percent of documented expenses for last year) are designed for the more established, professionally managed, Middlesex County based not-for-profit groups, constituted exclusively for the purpose of the arts.

For  more information regarding Arts Grants, or to register for the Workshop or Help Clinic, call Rosayln Neal, Arts Services Coordinator, at the Commission, 1-732-745-4489 (voice), 1-732-745-3888 (TTY users only).


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