The Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs serves as the catalyst for participation, education, collaboration, and development to encourage and support excellence in the arts within the City of Newark. This division oversees the city's arts initiatives, supports community engagement in arts and cultural programming, provides organizational support to existing and evolving art institutions, oversees a world-class public art program, and encourages collaborative partnerships and investment in the city's artists and arts and cultural organizations. It supports the creation of a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive, and creative economy in Newark that enlivens our neighborhoods and ignites the imaginations of our children.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Artist Fellowships are open to applicants that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Applicants: Project grants are open to individual artists or artist collectives
  2. Location: Applicants must reside or have a demonstrable creative practice in Newark, NJ
  3. Age and Educational Status: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and may not currently be a full-time student in a higher education program.
  4. Public Benefit: Applicants must demonstrate how Newark residents or visitors will benefit from their practice during the grant period (through performances, exhibits, open studios, artist talks, or other publicly accessible programing).
  5. Use of Funds: Applicants may use awarded funds for any costs related to their practice, including but not limited to:

                - Project-specific expenses
               - Rent for studio/rehearsal space
               - Supplies or equipment rental

Application Process
Any applicant interested in applying for an Artist Fellowship in 2024 must submit an application by the deadline of Monday, September 9, 2024 at 11:59pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Required application materials:

  • Completed application form 
    • Must be submitted through the online platform Submittable by following the link here.

     

  • Proof of residence in Newark, NJ 
    • Applicants must submit one of the following with an address in Newark, NJ:        
      • State-issued identification card
      • Utility bill
      • Lease or sublease for residence, artist studio, or other creative workspace
      • Tax document
    • If the applicant is a Limited Liability Company that has been approved by the Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, then a New Jersey State LLC Certificate of Organization may be submitted in place of the above documents.

     

  • Background material 
    • As part of the online application form, applicants must upload at least two (2) and up to five (5) samples of relevant work, which may include any of the following:        
      • Photographs of recent programming
      • Link to a representative audio/video clip
      • Sample program materials (e.g., programs, publications, marketing materials, list of classes, curriculum materials, etc.)
      • Selected press releases or clippings
      • Letters of support (e.g., from program partners or participants, school administrators, venue operators, etc.)
      • Bio or resume of principal artist(s)

       
      Review Process
      Submitted applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of city staff and representatives from the field. Committee members will fill out Conflicts of Interest disclosures and will not participate in the judging of any projects with which they are affiliated.
      Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Impact: Does the applicant demonstrate a commitment to social impact and public benefit through their work?
  • Quality: Does the applicant demonstrate exceptional creative ability and artistic merit?
  • Continuity: Does the applicant demonstrate a continuing dedication to their artistic discipline(s) and to their community/ies in the city of Newark?

Once funding decisions are determined, applicants will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on their applications based on the selection committee’s review.


Awards & Payments
Awards will range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000. There is no matching requirement.
Award sizes will be determined based on:

  • the amount of funds available
  • the selection committee’s score of the application, as determined by the criteria outlined above
  • the amount of funds requested

Funding decisions will be announced in October 2024, following which payments will be distributed via ACH deposit by Newark Arts. Awarded funds must be used by December 31, 2024.

Applications to the Creative Space Accelerator must be submitted by Thursday, August 1, 2024.  Applicants may apply for technical assistance for a specific Creative Space Project that they plan to undertake in the coming years. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a six-month curriculum of group trainings and one-on-one consultation led by Artspace, a Minneapolis-based organization that provides guidance and support for creative space projects around the country. 

Please contact fayemi shakur, Director of the City of Newark Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, at shakurf@ci.newark.nj.us with any questions about applying for this opportunity.


 

Eligibility Requirements

Participation in the Creative Space Accelerator is open to applicants that meet the following eligibility requirements:    

  1. Organizational Status: Applicant organizations must be incorporated non-profits that are currently certified tax exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3). In some cases, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) or unincorporated artist collectives may be eligible to apply; such organizations should contact the Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs to determine eligibility.
  2. Location: Applicant organizations must be based and primarily operating in Newark, NJ. In some cases, organizations based outside of Newark that are interested in moving or expanding to space in Newark may be eligible to apply; such organizations should contact the Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs to determine eligibility.
  3. Mission: Applicant organizations must have missions that are arts- and culture-focused.
  4. Programming: Applicant organizations must demonstrate a commitment to social impact, public service and public participation, and must provide cultural activities that are accessible to the public. 
  5. Creative Space Project: Applicant organizations should have a specific Creative Space Project that Artspace can focus their technical assistance on. The goal of the project may include:                      

                - Moving to a new space (whether rented, purchased, or donated)                       

                - Improving existing space (e.g., expansion, renovation)                   

                - Expanding to an additional space(s)

                - Other
 

Application Process 

Any organization interested in participating must submit an application by the deadline of Thursday, August 1, 2024, at 11:59pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.

   Required application materials:  

  • Completed application form 

                - Must be submitted through the online platform Submittable by following the link here.

  •  Documentation of legal status and location. Applicants must submit both of the following:                          

                - New Jersey State certificate of incorporation

                - Federal IRS 501(c)3 determination letter 

                - If the applicant is a Limited Liability Company that has been approved by the Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, then a New Jersey State LLC Certificate of Organization may be submitted in place of the above documents.

                - If the applicant is an unincorporated artist collective that has been approved by the Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, then a proof of current address may be submitted in place of the above documents.

 

Review Process 

Submitted applications will be reviewed by staff of the City of Newark as well as Artspace, the consultant organization providing the technical assistance as part of the Creative Space Accelerator. Applications will be judged on the following criteria:    

  • Organizational Capacity: The organization has a track record of delivering high-quality cultural programming and a leadership team that is willing, able, and excited to participate in the full program and complete independent assignments.
  • Project Vision: The proposed Creative Space Project aligns with the organization's mission, is feasible to undertake, and the organization has a clear vision for the use of the new space and how the project will impact the organizational budget.
  • Community Impact: When completed, the proposed Creative Space Project and the programming the organization operates within it will provide clear benefits to the surrounding community and/or more broadly Newark's residents and visitors.
     

Notification of Selection 

Organizations will be notified of whether or not they have been selected by September 2024. A total of five (5) organizations will be selected to participate in the six-month technical assistance program led by Artspace Consulting, beginning in October 2024 and concluding in spring 2025.
 

Program Information

This program is designed for cultural organizations in the planning stages of a space-related project. With a cohort-based approach, arts and culture leaders will learn together as a group to make informed decisions about their future spaces. 

Five organizations will be selected to participate in the six-month program, which will include monthly virtual group coaching sessions and access to individualized technical assistance from Artspace’s real estate consulting team. Technical assistance offerings include project concept refinement, capital/operating budget drafts, bubble diagrams, and document review. Artspace staff will work with participating organizations to determine priority technical assistance topics. At the program's culmination, the cohort will gather in person to tour buildings, network, and celebrate accomplishments. 

Participating organizations must commit that a designated member of their leadership team can participate virtually in monthly group workshops and monthly one-on-one consultation meetings for the duration of the program, as well as in-person for the culminating event.
 

About Artspace

Artspace is a nonprofit real estate organization dedicated to creating, fostering, and preserving affordable and sustainable housing and workspace for the creative workforce. We develop our properties to support stable, healthy communities rooted in existing assets.  

Artspace Consulting is a division of Artspace that helps organizations plan for the space they need to deliver programs to their communities. We combine real estate tools with an understanding of the creative sector to help create spaces that are sustainable, affordable, and equitable. 

For further details, please visit artspace.org. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

General Operating Support grants are open to applicants that meet the following eligibility requirements:

 

  1. Organizational Status: Applicant organizations must be incorporated non-profits that are currently certified tax exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3). In some cases, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) may be eligible to apply; such organizations should contact the Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs to determine eligibility.
  2. Location: Applicant organizations must be based and primarily operating in Newark, NJ.
  3. Mission: Applicant organizations must have missions that are arts- and culture-focused.
  4. Programming: Applicant organizations must demonstrate a commitment to social impact, public service and public participation, and must provide cultural activities that are accessible to the public. 
  5. Budget: Applicant organizations must have annual operating budgets no greater than $3 million. General Operating Support awards over $5,000 must be matched by funds from another source(s).
  6. Use of Funds: Applicant organizations may use awarded funds for any operating costs, including but not limited to:
                        - Staff salaries and benefits
                        - Payments to artists or contractors
                        - Program-specific expenses
                        - Professional development
                        - Rent for programmatic or administrative facilities
                        - Supplies or equipment rental


    Application Process
    Any organization interested in receiving General Operating Support funds in 2024 must submit an application by the deadline of Monday, September 9, 2024 at 11:59pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.
    Required application materials:
     
  • Completed application form 
    • Must be submitted through the online platform Submittable by following the link here.

      
     

  • Documentation of legal status 
    • Applicants must submit both of the following:                 
      • New Jersey State certificate of incorporation
      • Federal IRS 501(c)3 determination letter with an address in Newark, NJ

       

    • If the applicant is a Limited Liability Company that has been approved by the Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, then a New Jersey State LLC Certificate of Organization may be submitted in place of the above documents.

      
     

  • Financial documentation 
    • Applicants must submit their IRS 990 form for either their Fiscal Year 2020 or 2021.
    • If an applicant has an operating budget of less than $50,000, they may submit an IRS 990-N Postcard in lieu of a full 990 form.

      
     

  • Proof of funds match (for requests over $5,000)     
    • Award letter(s) from other funder(s) dated in 2023 or 2024 indicating committed support equaling or greater than the amount requested from the Creative Catalyst Fund.

      
     

  • Background material 
    • As part of the online application form, applicants must upload at least two (2) and up to five (5) samples of relevant work, which may include any of the following:                 
      • Photographs of recent programming
      • Link to a representative audio/video clip
      • Sample program materials (e.g., programs, publications, marketing materials, list of classes, curriculum materials, etc.)
      • Selected press releases or clippings
      • Letters of support (e.g., from program partners or participants, school administrators, venue operators, etc.)
      • Bios or resumes of principal personnel, artists, or teaching artists

        

      Review Process
      Submitted applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of city staff and representatives from the field. Committee members will fill out Conflicts of Interest disclosures and will not participate in the judging of any applicant organizations with which they are affiliated.
      Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

       

     

  • Impact: Does the organization have a valuable impact, whether broad or deep, on its program participants, the surrounding community, the field, or the city at large?
  • Capacity: Does the organization maintain a high level of responsibility, accountability, professionalism, and fiscal stability?
  • Quality: Do the organization’s programs provide unique and high quality artistic and cultural experiences for their target audience?
  • Equity: Does the organization and its programming demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion both as it relates to its leadership and to its audience?

Once funding decisions are determined, organizations will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on their applications based on the selection committee’s review.


Awards & Payments
Awards will range from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $25,000 and must be matched by funds from another source(s) if the request is over $5,000.
Award sizes will be determined based on:

  • the amount of funds available
  • the selection committee’s score of the application, as determined by the criteria outlined above
  • the size of the organization’s annual operating budget
  • the amount of funds requested

Funding decisions will be announced in October 2024, following which payments will be distributed via ACH deposit by Invest Newark. Awarded funds must be used by December 31, 2024.

City of Newark, Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs