The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the survival of the state’s cultural and historical sector. The fund awarded $2.6 million of grants to New Jersey cultural organizations in January 2021. Now, NJACRF is opening a second round of grants.
NJACRF began accepting applications for the second round of grants on March 1. The application will be open until April 12. Grants can be used by organizations to cover COVID-19 related losses in the areas of personnel, operations and equipment, and professional services. Organizations may apply for up to $50,000, but most grants will be for smaller amounts.
In anticipation of a large number of requests, the fund has created a list of priority criteria. In this round of grants, NJACRF will prioritize small and mid-sized arts and history organizations working in underserved communities, organizations with a demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice, organizations with leadership of color, and organizations that are reimagining what their work will look like in a post-COVID future. Non-profits which received funding in the first round of grants are not eligible for the second round.
The Princeton Area Community Foundation hosts NJACRF. The fund was established with a gift from the Grunin Foundation and gained support from a coalition of funders. More recently, the fund received major gifts from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Amazon, PNC Bank, and the TD Charitable Foundation.
More information about the NJACRF grants and an application can be found here.