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New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund

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Lynne Toye is the inaugural Executive Director of the New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund. In her role, she oversees the Fund’s grantmaking and leads its fundraising and strategy. The Fund is a public-private collaboration led by Ms. Toye in partnership with the Fund’s Steering Committee. Ms. Toye’s professional experience includes leadership roles in nonprofit administration and higher education. Prior to assuming her role with the New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund, she was the Chief Administrative Officer at Harlem School of the Arts. Ms. Toye earned a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She is a proud New Jersey resident and has been involved with New Jersey arts and culture organizations for nearly 30 years.

The New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund was originally named the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund.  It was established in 2020 to ensure the survival, strength and sustainability of the state’s arts, cultural and historical sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first phase of the Fund closed in January 2021, awarding $2.6 million to 100 NJ-based nonprofits statewide. The second phase of grantmaking closed in May 2021, awarding $1.3 million to more than 60 nonprofits throughout the state. The third phase of grantmaking closed in February 2022, awarding nearly $600,000 to 15 nonprofits for regranting to artists, teaching artists, and history professionals.

The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund changed its name to The New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund on April 1, 2022. The Fund’s Steering Committee opted for this change to more accurately reflect the mission of the Fund and the scope of its work.

The New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund will continue to support the arts, cultural, and historical sector through equitable grantmaking to smaller nonprofit organizations most vulnerable to sector disruptions. The Fund offers fast, flexible funding focused on nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is either arts and culture, arts education, or history and whose budgets are $5 million or less. The Fund prioritizes organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and those that have made a demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion in their work.

The name change from “Recovery” to “Renewal” signals the Fund’s Support of a strong comeback for smaller arts and culture organizations and funding for a sustainable future. The New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund will provide a “safety net” for the sector as it emerges from the pandemic and fortifies for unknown challenges that lie ahead.

  • Stabilize the sector with immediate, unrestricted grants to organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19 statewide.
  • Make grants that offset unplanned capital improvement expenses required to comply with new health and safety protocols.
  • Help arts, cultural and historical organizations maintain essential functions, retain core staff, and restructure as needed.
  • Support organizations that strategically assist artists and sector professionals in meeting basic, life-sustaining needs.
  • Position New Jersey’s arts, cultural and historical sector to survive the economic crisis and contribute to statewide recovery in the innovative ways the public expects and that only the arts, culture and history can.
  • Contribute to an equitable recovery for the sector and the State as a whole.

Hundreds of nonprofit arts, cultural and historical organizations and thousands of artists and sector workers have sustained catastrophic financial losses that threaten irreparable damage. New Jersey’s cultural industry has sustained losses of more than $30 million due to pandemic related closures and cancelations. Institutions, some of which have been serving New Jersey communities for decades, have exhausted reserves, laid off staff, depleted endowments, and increased debt.

New Jersey’s cultural industries – when open and thriving – are essential components of our state and local economies. Nonprofit arts organizations generate more than $600 million in economic activity, employ nearly 30,000 workers, and engage more than 9.5 million people who stay in hotels, and eat and shop locally, all year round. Millions of dollars are spent through heritage tourism annually, and thousands of jobs are created to accommodate visitors who explore New Jersey’s rich role in history.

While business as it was before COVID-19 came to a screeching halt, these same arts and history groups, as well as individual artists continued working, many without pay, to offer relief and hope for residents of all ages, including many of our most vulnerable populations. As we emerge from the pandemic, cultural organizations offer opportunities for connection, stress relief, healing, learning, and much needed entertainment. Many also serve as community anchors, capitalizing on strategic partnerships and innovative programs that intersect with vital social services.

The recovery of the creative sector and heritage tourism lags behind the recovery of other sectors in New Jersey, even as restrictions ease. The sector at large has suffered devastating losses, including some permanent closures – and the threat of a pandemic resurgence looms. With support, the sector can thrive and continue to offer connection, resilience and renewal now and into the future.

The Arts and Culture Renewal Fund (originally called the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund) was created by a coalition of funders to raise and direct much needed support to the nonprofit arts and cultural sector statewide. The fund was established with a lead gift from the Grunin Foundation and is hosted by the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Coalition leadership also includes the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Prudential Financial Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Historical Commission, and Stone Foundation of NJ. Ongoing communication with leaders in government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector has created a cooperative network of public and private support and ensures the Fund’s alignment with the sector as needs change and evolve.

For more information contact: Lynne Toye, Executive Director.

Atlantic County

  • Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City
  • Atlantic City Arts Foundation, Atlantic City
  • Atlantic City Ballet, Atlantic City
  • Bay Atlantic Symphony, Atlantic City

Bergen County

  • The Art School at Old Church, Demarest
  • Arts Horizons, Englewood
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc., Fort Lee
  • Center for Modern Dance Education, Hackensack

Burlington County

  • Whitesbog Preservation Trust, Browns Mills
  • ArtPride New Jersey, Burlington
  • Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown
  • Moorestown Theater Company, Moorestown
  • Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel

Camden County

  • Mainstage Center for the Arts, Blackwood
  • Camden FireWorks, Camden
  • Camden Repertory Theater Community Development, Camden
  • Mighty Writers, Camden

Cape May County

  • Cape May Stage, Cape May
  • Historic Cold Spring Village Foundation, Cape May

Cumberland County

  • Millville Army Airfield Museum, Millville
  • Bayshore Center at Bivalve, Port Norris section of Commercial Township

Essex County

  • Friends of Yogi, Little Falls
  • Jazz House Kids., Montclair
  • Montclair Film Festival, Montclair
  • Music Beyond Measure, Montclair
  • Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Montclair
  • Studio Montclair Gallery, Montclair
  • Vanguard Theater Company, Montclair
  • Arts Ed Newark, Newark
  • Gallery Aferro, Newark
  • Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Newark
  • Newark Arts, Newark
  • Newark Boys Chorus School, Newark
  • Newark School of the Arts, Newark
  • New Jersey Historical Society, Newark
  • Project for Empty Space, Newark
  • Trilogy: An Opera Company, Newark
  • University of Orange, Orange
  • Luna Stage, West Orange
  • Arts for Kids, West Orange
  • Pushcart Players, Verona

Hudson County        

  • Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken
  • Art House Productions, Jersey City
  • Educational Arts Team, Jersey City
  • Nimbus Dance, Jersey City
  • Jersey City Theater Center, Jersey City
  • Union City Music Project, Union City

Hunterdon County

  • Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton
  • Roxey Ballet Company, Lambertville

Mercer County

  • Trenton Children’s Chorus, Ewing
  • Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton
  • Historic Morven, Princeton
  • The Princeton Festival, Princeton
  • Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, Princeton
  • Artworks Trenton, Trenton
  • Capital Singers of Trenton, Trenton
  • Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts Society, Trenton
  • New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, Trenton
  • Old Barracks Association, Trenton
  • Passage Theatre Company, Trenton
  • Trenton Circus Squad, Trenton
  • Trenton Museum Society, Trenton
  • Trenton Music Makers, Trenton
  • Westrick Music Academy, Princeton Junction section of West Windsor
  • West Windsor Arts Center, West Windsor

Middlesex County

  • American Theater Group, East Brunswick
  • coLAB Arts, New Brunswick
  • Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick
  • Hub City Jazz Festival, New Brunswick
  • Dance New Jersey, Sewaren section of Woodbridge

Monmouth County

  • Asbury Park Music Foundation, Asbury Park
  • Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal
  • New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
  • Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan
  • Rockit Live Foundation, Middletown
  • Middletown Township Cultural & Arts Council, Middletown
  • Monmouth Arts, Red Bank
  • The Garden State Film Festival, Sea Girt

Morris County

  • New Jersey Ballet Company, Florham Park
  • Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison
  • Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains
  • ARTS By The People, Morristown
  • Morris Arts, Morristown
  • New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Morristown
  • The Growing Stage Theatre for Young Audiences, Netcong

Ocean County

  • Barnegat Bay Decoy & Baymen’s Museum, Tuckerton

Passaic County

  • Botto House American Labor Museum, Haledon
  • Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, Paterson
  • Inner City Ensemble, Paterson

Salem County

  • Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, Elmer

Somerset County

  • The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster
  • Frontline Arts, Branchburg
  • Arts Ed NJ, Warren

Sussex County

  • Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton

Union County           

  • Institute of Music for Children, Elizabeth
  • Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway
  • Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, Roselle
  • Continuo Arts Foundation, Summit
  • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit
  • Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Union
  • The Theater Project, Union

Atlantic County

  • Eagle Theatre, Hammonton
  • South Jersey Cultural Alliance, Hammonton
  • MudGirls Studios, Linwood

Bergen County

  • CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee
  • Epitome of Soul, Ridgewood
  • Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, River Edge

Burlington County

  • West Jersey Music Academy, Moorestown
  • Roebling Museum, Roebling section of Florence Township

Camden County

  • Camden County Historical Society, Camden
  • IDEA Center for the Arts , Camden
  • The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association, Camden
  • Symphony in C, Collingswood

Cape May County

  • Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cape May

Cumberland County

  • Millville Development Corporation, Millville
  • Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville

Essex County

  • ArtsPower, Cedar Grove
  • Montclair History Center, Montclair
  • Talking Eyes Media, Montclair
  • The Montclair Orchestra, Montclair
  • Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
  • Barat Foundation, Newark
  • Newark Performing Arts Corporation, Newark
  • Newark Print Shop, Newark
  • ValleyArts, Orange
  • Lydia Johnson Dance, South Orange
  • South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

Gloucester County

  • Gloucester County Historical Society, Woodbury

Hunterdon County

  • ACME Screening Room, Lambertville

Hudson County

  • Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken
  • Ariel Rivka Dance, Jersey City
  • Kennedy Dancers, Jersey City
  • RiverviewJazz.Org, Jersey City
  • Speranza Theatre Company, Jersey City
  • Surati for Performing Arts, Jersey City
  • Victory Hall, Jersey City
  • The Grace Theatre Workshop, Union City
  • Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken

Mercer County

  • Hopewell Valley Arts Council, Hopewell
  • People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, Lawrenceville
  • Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton
  • Princeton Ballet Society, Princeton
  • Storytelling Arts, Princeton Junction section of West Windsor
  • Preservation New Jersey, Trenton

Middlesex County

  • George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
  • Lazos America Unida, New Brunswick

Monmouth County

  • Asbury Park Arts Council, Asbury Park
  • Holiday Express, Eatontown
  • Allaire Village, Farmingdale
  • Monmouth County Historical Association, Freehold
  • Twin Lights Historical Society, Highlands
  • Holmdel Theatre Company, Holmdel
  • Monmouth Museum, Lincroft section of Middletown
  • Ocean Grove Historic Preservation / Jersey Shore Arts Center, Ocean Grove section of Neptune
  • Jazz Arts Project, Red Bank
  • Phoenix Productions, Red Bank

Morris County

  • The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Florham Park

Ocean County

  • Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven
  • Brick Children’s Community Theatre, Brick
  • Exit 82 Theatre Company, Toms River

Somerset County

  • All Children’s Art Center of NJ, Bound Brook

Sussex County

  • Save Ellis Island, Augusta section of Frankford Township

Union County

  • Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights
  • DuCretSchool of Art, Plainfield
  • People Helping People, Rahway
  • Music For all Seasons, Scotch Plains
  • New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit
  • NJ Festival Orchestra, Westfield

Warren County

  • Blairstown Live-Arts, Blairstown

Atlantic County

  • Atlantic City Arts Foundation, Atlantic City
  • South Jersey Cultural Alliance, Hammonton

Camden County

  • Superior Arts Institute, Camden

Essex County

  • Newark Arts, Newark
  • Project for Empty Space, Newark

Hudson County

  • Art House Productions, Jersey City
  • Riverview Jazz, Jersey City

Mercer County

  • Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, Princeton

Middlesex County

  • Dance New Jersey, Sewaren section of Woodbridge

Monmouth County

  • Jazz Arts Project, Inc., Red Bank
  • Monmouth Arts, Red Bank
  • New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Allenhurst

Morris County

  • Art in the Atrium, Morristown

Somerset County

  • League of Historical Societies of NJ, Bridgewater

Sussex County

  • Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton

Funding Partners To Date

Thank you to all our partners who came together to support the arts, culture and history community with over $5.8 million raised thus far for the NJACRF.

Evelyn McGee Colbert and Stephen Colbert | F.M. Kirby Foundation | Tracey and Jon Stewart | 1772 Foundation | PNC BankStone Foundation of New Jersey | E.J. Grassmann Trust | TD Charitable Foundation | Turrell Fund

Co-Chairs

Jeremy Grunin of the Grunin Foundation | Sharnita C. Johnson, Victoria Foundation and Board Chair-Elect of Grantmakers in the Arts

Steering Committee Member Organizations:

Prudential Foundation | Stone Foundation of New Jersey | E. J. Grassmann Trust | New Jersey State Council on the Arts | New Jersey Historical Commission | Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Grants Center

The NJ Arts and Culture Renewal Fund makes grants to eligible nonprofit organizations on a fast, flexible basis with at least one round of grantmaking each calendar year.  The next round of grants for 2023 will be announced in the Fall.

The fund provides grants directly to arts, arts education, cultural, and historical organizations. We are currently reviewing Phase 4 grant applications. For detailed information about that round of grants, please see the Fund Guidelines.

Atlantic County

  • Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City
  • Atlantic City Arts Foundation, Atlantic City
  • Atlantic City Ballet, Atlantic City
  • Bay Atlantic Symphony, Atlantic City

Bergen County

  • The Art School at Old Church, Demarest
  • Arts Horizons, Englewood
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc., Fort Lee
  • Center for Modern Dance Education, Hackensack

Burlington County

  • Whitesbog Preservation Trust, Browns Mills
  • ArtPride New Jersey, Burlington
  • Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown
  • Moorestown Theater Company, Moorestown
  • Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel

Camden County

  • Mainstage Center for the Arts, Blackwood
  • Camden FireWorks, Camden
  • Camden Repertory Theater Community Development, Camden
  • Mighty Writers, Camden

Cape May County

  • Cape May Stage, Cape May
  • Historic Cold Spring Village Foundation, Cape May

Cumberland County

  • Millville Army Airfield Museum, Millville
  • Bayshore Center at Bivalve, Port Norris section of Commercial Township

Essex County

  • Friends of Yogi, Little Falls
  • Jazz House Kids., Montclair
  • Montclair Film Festival, Montclair
  • Music Beyond Measure, Montclair
  • Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Montclair
  • Studio Montclair Gallery, Montclair
  • Vanguard Theater Company, Montclair
  • Arts Ed Newark, Newark
  • Gallery Aferro, Newark
  • Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Newark
  • Newark Arts, Newark
  • Newark Boys Chorus School, Newark
  • Newark School of the Arts, Newark
  • New Jersey Historical Society, Newark
  • Project for Empty Space, Newark
  • Trilogy: An Opera Company, Newark
  • University of Orange, Orange
  • Luna Stage, West Orange
  • Arts for Kids, West Orange
  • Pushcart Players, Verona

Hudson County        

  • Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken
  • Art House Productions, Jersey City
  • Educational Arts Team, Jersey City
  • Nimbus Dance, Jersey City
  • Jersey City Theater Center, Jersey City
  • Union City Music Project, Union City

Hunterdon County

  • Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton
  • Roxey Ballet Company, Lambertville

Mercer County

  • Trenton Children’s Chorus, Ewing
  • Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton
  • Historic Morven, Princeton
  • The Princeton Festival, Princeton
  • Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, Princeton
  • Artworks Trenton, Trenton
  • Capital Singers of Trenton, Trenton
  • Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts Society, Trenton
  • New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, Trenton
  • Old Barracks Association, Trenton
  • Passage Theatre Company, Trenton
  • Trenton Circus Squad, Trenton
  • Trenton Museum Society, Trenton
  • Trenton Music Makers, Trenton
  • Westrick Music Academy, Princeton Junction section of West Windsor
  • West Windsor Arts Center, West Windsor

Middlesex County

  • American Theater Group, East Brunswick
  • coLAB Arts, New Brunswick
  • Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick
  • Hub City Jazz Festival, New Brunswick
  • Dance New Jersey, Sewaren section of Woodbridge

Monmouth County

  • Asbury Park Music Foundation, Asbury Park
  • Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal
  • New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
  • Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan
  • Rockit Live Foundation, Middletown
  • Middletown Township Cultural & Arts Council, Middletown
  • Monmouth Arts, Red Bank
  • The Garden State Film Festival, Sea Girt

Morris County

  • New Jersey Ballet Company, Florham Park
  • Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison
  • Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains
  • ARTS By The People, Morristown
  • Morris Arts, Morristown
  • New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Morristown
  • The Growing Stage Theatre for Young Audiences, Netcong

Ocean County

  • Barnegat Bay Decoy & Baymen’s Museum, Tuckerton

Passaic County

  • Botto House American Labor Museum, Haledon
  • Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, Paterson
  • Inner City Ensemble, Paterson

Salem County

  • Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, Elmer

Somerset County

  • The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster
  • Frontline Arts, Branchburg
  • Arts Ed NJ, Warren

Sussex County

  • Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton

Union County           

  • Institute of Music for Children, Elizabeth
  • Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway
  • Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, Roselle
  • Continuo Arts Foundation, Summit
  • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit
  • Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Union
  • The Theater Project, Union

Atlantic County

  • Eagle Theatre, Hammonton
  • South Jersey Cultural Alliance, Hammonton
  • MudGirls Studios, Linwood

Bergen County

  • CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee
  • Epitome of Soul, Ridgewood
  • Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, River Edge

Burlington County

  • West Jersey Music Academy, Moorestown
  • Roebling Museum, Roebling section of Florence Township

Camden County

  • Camden County Historical Society, Camden
  • IDEA Center for the Arts , Camden
  • The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association, Camden
  • Symphony in C, Collingswood

Cape May County

  • Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cape May

Cumberland County

  • Millville Development Corporation, Millville
  • Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville

Essex County

  • ArtsPower, Cedar Grove
  • Montclair History Center, Montclair
  • Talking Eyes Media, Montclair
  • The Montclair Orchestra, Montclair
  • Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
  • Barat Foundation, Newark
  • Newark Performing Arts Corporation, Newark
  • Newark Print Shop, Newark
  • ValleyArts, Orange
  • Lydia Johnson Dance, South Orange
  • South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

Gloucester County

  • Gloucester County Historical Society, Woodbury

Hunterdon County

  • ACME Screening Room, Lambertville

Hudson County

  • Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken
  • Ariel Rivka Dance, Jersey City
  • Kennedy Dancers, Jersey City
  • RiverviewJazz.Org, Jersey City
  • Speranza Theatre Company, Jersey City
  • Surati for Performing Arts, Jersey City
  • Victory Hall, Jersey City
  • The Grace Theatre Workshop, Union City
  • Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken

Mercer County

  • Hopewell Valley Arts Council, Hopewell
  • People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, Lawrenceville
  • Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton
  • Princeton Ballet Society, Princeton
  • Storytelling Arts, Princeton Junction section of West Windsor
  • Preservation New Jersey, Trenton

Middlesex County

  • George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick
  • Lazos America Unida, New Brunswick

Monmouth County

  • Asbury Park Arts Council, Asbury Park
  • Holiday Express, Eatontown
  • Allaire Village, Farmingdale
  • Monmouth County Historical Association, Freehold
  • Twin Lights Historical Society, Highlands
  • Holmdel Theatre Company, Holmdel
  • Monmouth Museum, Lincroft section of Middletown
  • Ocean Grove Historic Preservation / Jersey Shore Arts Center, Ocean Grove section of Neptune
  • Jazz Arts Project, Red Bank
  • Phoenix Productions, Red Bank

Morris County

  • The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Florham Park

Ocean County

  • Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven
  • Brick Children’s Community Theatre, Brick
  • Exit 82 Theatre Company, Toms River

Somerset County

  • All Children’s Art Center of NJ, Bound Brook

Sussex County

  • Save Ellis Island, Augusta section of Frankford Township

Union County

  • Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights
  • DuCretSchool of Art, Plainfield
  • People Helping People, Rahway
  • Music For all Seasons, Scotch Plains
  • New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit
  • NJ Festival Orchestra, Westfield

Warren County

  • Blairstown Live-Arts, Blairstown

Atlantic County

  • Atlantic City Arts Foundation, Atlantic City
  • South Jersey Cultural Alliance, Hammonton

Camden County

  • Superior Arts Institute, Camden

Essex County

  • Newark Arts, Newark
  • Project for Empty Space, Newark

Hudson County

  • Art House Productions, Jersey City
  • Riverview Jazz, Jersey City

Mercer County

  • Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, Princeton

Middlesex County

  • Dance New Jersey, Sewaren section of Woodbridge

Monmouth County

  • Jazz Arts Project, Inc., Red Bank
  • Monmouth Arts, Red Bank
  • New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Allenhurst

Morris County

  • Art in the Atrium, Morristown

Somerset County

  • League of Historical Societies of NJ, Bridgewater

Sussex County

  • Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton
ArtPride NJ Guest Post: Lynne Toye

Lynne Toye, Executive Director of the New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund, writes about the volunteer shortage faced by arts organizations.

If you have enjoyed a cultural experience in New Jersey, chances are volunteers helped to make it happen.
ArtPride NJ Guest Post: Lynne Toye

Frequently Asked Questions

The New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund was established to ensure the survival and strength of the state’s arts, arts education, cultural and historical sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

NJACRF will provide financial support to catalyze a more equitable statewide recovery and build resilience for arts, cultural and historical organizations facing disruption and loss.

The fund provides grants directly to arts, arts education, cultural, and historical organizations. . Our 2023 grants will be announced soon.

A core goal of the fund is to contribute to a more equitable recovery for the arts and cultural sector and the State as a whole. As such, broad geographic distribution is a priority, as is ensuring access for the individuals and organizations that have historically had unequal access to resources for support, investment, and capitalization.

A comprehensive relief effort is one that positions arts, arts education, cultural, and historical organizations, as well as individual artists, cultural and historical sector workers statewide to survive the economic crisis and contribute to recovery in the ways the public expects and that only the arts and culture can. From economic revitalization and jobs, to fostering dialogue and unity in the face of issues of social and racial injustice, the arts, culture, and history are critical tools for action and change as we work to rebuild.

Grant decisions will be made by a steering committee comprised of a coalition of funders and stakeholders galvanized around the Fund’s mission to ensure the survival and strength of the arts and culture sector now and into the future. Decisions will be guided by a review panel of arts, arts education, history, and philanthropy experts after a thorough review using this evaluation rubric and follow-up full panel discussion.

A year-round, part-time, paid employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week in an administrative or combined administrative/artistic leadership role. Please note, a part-time solely artistic employee does not meet this eligibility requirement.

Both strategies of giving are critically important for the sector as a whole to endure the financial crisis brought on by the pandemic. As a coalition of statewide, local, and regional grantmakers and service providers with broad collective knowledge of the field, NJACRF seeks to nurture dialogue among cultural leaders and stakeholders statewide to build sector strength that leverages the capacities of individual organizations to create a thriving arts and humanities ecosystem.

A robust cultural sector contributes to broader social and economic activity that contributes to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities in every corner of the state. Investing in the survival of the industry increases the chances of long-term, sustainable success, with broad-reaching results that impact employment, real estate values, crime and safety, tourism, health and wellness, education, and overall quality of life in New Jersey.

The fund is a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the resources and expertise available through the government, corporate and private philanthropic sectors. Strategic alignment of these partners ensures a coordinated approach to sector support at all levels, ongoing dialogue with the field and stakeholders, and a true commitment to transparency and best practices in grantmaking.

Data generated from the grants process will provide insight into how the evolving crisis is affecting nonprofits and individuals in the arts, cultural and historical sector, and what funders and investors can best do to respond. We will use this information to shape our own strategic investment as well as to bolster advocacy efforts that guide funders and government to effectively support recovery and resiliency in the years ahead.

Yes, if you have submitted your final report and are a qualifying organization. The next round will begin accepting applications in June of 2022. Please check the NJACRF web page and social media for updates on when the application will be available.

Yes, you may apply again.  We recommend that you carefully review the panel review rubric to assess your last application and make adjustments that might increase your score.

We have included a budget template that we hope will help you provide the information need for the panel to adequately review your financial situation.  We also provided a sample completed budget as guidance.

New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund News

For more information or support, please contact:

Lynne Toye
Executive Director, New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund
Email Lynne Toye

For media inquiries please contact Michelle Sahn, Director of Communications
Email Michelle Sahn

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