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January 26, 2021

Newark Arts established the ArtStart Grant Program in 2001 specifically to nurture arts and cultural activities throughout the City of Newark and to enhance the capacity of Newark’s non-profit organizations, schools, and individual artists to provide arts-based projects throughout the City’s five wards. ArtStart events must take place between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000.

Newark Arts will give paramount consideration to projects that:

– Enhance recognition of the value of the arts as a catalyst to address social issues
– Engage with neighborhood or community based organizations and are developed to address their identified needs
– Take place in local neighborhoods, stimulating creativity and community engagement
– Engage children, youth and/or seniors and people with special needs
– Support academic achievement
– Are provided by small organizations and individual artists, enhancing their future capacity



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$1.0 million dollars or an accredited school or public agency. Exceptions:

Individual artist projects must partner with a non-profit organization, school, or agency serving as their fiscal agent. A Memorandum of Understanding is required as evidence of this relationship.
Organizations that do not have an IRS determination letter must partner with a tax- exempt organization who will serve as a fiscal agent. A Memorandum of Understanding is required as evidence of this relationship.
Newark schools (public, private and charter) may apply for support of summer and in or out of school time creative arts projects

April 30, 2021