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February 10, 2023

NEWARK ARTS are pleased to announce their ArtStart Grant Program for the 2023 season.

ArtStart projects demonstrate cultural assets as a vital part of community life, education, well-being, and economic development. Programs should be designed to serve as a catalyst for cultural activity that is either not available, sporadic, or available only in limited supply within a community. Newark Arts was created to advance and expand the City of Newark’s artistic and cultural resources. Its mission is to power the arts to transform the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit Newark.



Newark Arts established the ArtStart Grant Program in 2001 to nurture arts and cultural activities and to enhance the capacity of non-profit organizations, schools, and individual artists to provide arts-based projects throughout Newark’s five wards.

ArtStart 2023 events must take place between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. You must follow government guidelines that are designed to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • Organizations that wish to provide a community-based arts program within the City of Newark are eligible to apply. However, to request this grant, your organization must either be
    • a federally tax-exempt, section 501(c)3 charitable organization with an annual budget of less than $1 million or
    • an accredited school or public agency
  • For NON-501(C)3
    • Individual artist projects must partner with a non-profit organization, school, or agency serving as their fiscal agent. An MOU is required as evidence of this relationship
    • Organizations with no IRS determination letter must partner with a tax-exempt organization that will serve as a fiscal agent. An MOU is required as evidence of this relationship



  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), as necessary
  • Proof of commitment from secured project location
  • Proof of commitment from professionals to be hired.
  • Resumes of key project participants
  • Work samples (3 pieces), including photos, demonstrating your ability to successfully complete the project.
  • Organization’s most-recent annual budget
    • All applicants are required to complete the Project Budget Form, which contains an untitled column of listed expenses. Column A equals the expenses covered by the requested grant funds and Column B equals the additional necessary project expenses that will not be covered by the ArtStart Grant. Column C represents the totals of Columns A and B
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