Trenton Arts Fund2024-05-01T08:45:01-04:00



The Trenton Arts Fund is dedicated to Trenton’s arts organizations and artists – both emerging and established – while working to preserve the history and culture of the vibrant Trenton community. This third grant round will fund Trenton arts, arts education, culture, and history organizations with grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Post-Covid, many organizations are facing challenges in rebuilding and attracting audiences, especially younger people. Projects of particular interest this year will address these issues in innovative and game-changing ways and will support the work or projects of individual, Trenton-based artists. The Fund is interested in new programs that specifically support Trenton’s children, teens, and young people. Grants will offset both operating expenses and/or program costs. We believe that arts, arts education, culture, and history are more important than ever as we continue to address the fall-out from the pandemic and other economic and cultural changes. Further, the arts will continue to help revitalize the City of Trenton and provide meaningful and transformative experiences for our young people and families.

The Trenton Arts Fund is no longer accepting grant applications.

Read the grant guidelines

About our 2022 Grants

The Trenton Arts Fund was created in 2018 by Trenton residents David Henderson and John Hatch because both feel strongly that the arts help make Trenton a great place to live, work and visit.

In the City, there are an incredible number of start-up and well-established arts organizations, compelling arts projects, talented artists and cutting-edge ideas playing out.

The concept of the Trenton Arts Fund is to support the extraordinary arts scene in the City through operating and project support.

The Endowment will support Trenton’s arts organizations – both emerging and established – while working to preserve the history and culture of the vibrant Trenton community. In the civic life of Trenton, the arts serve a crucial purpose: When the arts thrive, Trenton thrives!

Princeton Area Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund is supporting this vision through a $75,000 donor-restricted challenge grant. The Fund needs to raise $75,000 to receive this donation.

We are asking everyone who has the future of Trenton in their hearts and minds to embrace the idea of the Trenton Arts Fund.

During this time of national social unrest amid the global pandemic, filled with cries of righteous protest and demands for accountability, there has been renewed pride in the Trenton community, its respect and support for one another and its dreams for the future. The economic, social, civic and artistic vitality of Trenton has the ability to be an inspiration to the nation.

This is Trenton’s time, and the arts will play a striking and significant role in Trenton’s future.

We hope you will support the Trenton Arts Fund and contribute generously to support this arts grant program. You can start by donating to the Endowment here.

With tremendous gratitude,

Advisors to the Trenton Arts Fund

Bentrice Jusu | Cate Litvack | Craig Shofed | David Henderson | John Clarke | John Hatch |  June Ballinger    

While Trenton historically played key roles in the American Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, Trenton is now known primarily as the capital of New Jersey and Mercer County. However, Trenton is so much more. It is a true center of cutting edge art and amazing history. Trenton has:

For more information or support, please contact:

Michael Nuno
Vice President, Philanthropic Services
Email Michael Nuno

Photographer: Jeff Stewart // Actors: Grand Shaud and Lily Balsen

celebrating the people and history of Trenton painted by talented local artists located all across the City.

from Mill Hill and the State House Districts, to Greenwood/ Hamilton and Ewing/ Carroll

celebrating Trenton and New Jersey’s history and amazing art! These include the NJ State Museum, the William Trent House, the Meredith Havens Fire Museum, the Old Barracks Museum, Ellarslie (The Trenton City Museum) and more!

An award-winning, cutting edge, socially relevant, nationally renowned professional theatre company

that includes cutting-edge underground bands at Champions, Trenton Social and the Mill Hill Saloon, world-famous jazz at the Candlelight Lounge, and the amazing Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey at the War Memorial

in the American Revolution!

(Art All Day and Art All Night) along with countless art openings and art events

ranging from the 100 seat Mill Hill Playhouse to the 1700 seat War Memorial concert hall and the 10,000+ seat Cure Insurance Arena

Art galleries, museums and artist studios are scattered all across the City.

including painters, muralists, graffiti artists and sculptors who live in Trenton’s amazing neighborhoods

The Trenton Arts Endowment Fund seeks to support all of these events and organizations with operating and project support, AND seeks to support new and emerging arts organizations and artists. We believe that Trenton Makes Art!

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