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The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund awards $ 2.6 million in grants nationwide



originally published: 03/03/2021

(LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ) – The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund (NJACRF) has awarded $ 2.6 million in its first round of grants to more than 100 nonprofits across the state. Grants will provide critical financial support to organizations and individuals in the cultural sector severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In December, the New Jersey nonprofit arts industry reported losses of more than $ 100 million to pandemic closings and cancellations, and more than half of the state’s creative workforce was laid off or on leave.

NJACRF was founded last year and is hosted by the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Founded with a gift from the Grunin Foundation and based in Toms River, NJACRF quickly received support from a coalition of donors who joined forces to ensure the strength and survival of the nonprofit arts, culture and history sectors across the country.

More recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Amazon have given NJACRF leadership gifts, and the PNC Bank and TD Charitable Foundation have become major supporters of the fund, which works to save the nonprofit industry that employs thousands of people, and educational programs in schools and universities Communities and serves as an integral part of the local and state economies.

“NJARCF is doing an exceptional job ensuring that the New Jersey arts and culture sectors not only survive the pandemic but recover fairly afterwards,” said Jillian Irvin, Amazon’s New Jersey public policy manager. “The grants announced today will ensure these critical community touchstones remain in place after the COVID-19 disappearance and continue to contribute to New Jersey’s rich cultural carpet and local economy.”

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NJACRF has raised more than $ 3.7 million and the fundraising will continue to meet growing funding needs. The fund is led by representatives from the Grunin and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Members include the Prudential Foundation, the Stone Foundation of NJ, the EJ Grassmann Trust, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and the NJ Historical Commission. Other major donors include the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Applications and program guidelines for the next funding round are now available. To learn more or to apply, visit Grant decisions are made through a multi-step, equity-centric process to ensure funds support underserved New Jersey communities.

“Support from the NJ Arts and Culture Recovery Fund – and its donors – has made so much of our work possible again,” said Alysia Souder, Executive Director of the Institute of Music for Children and NJACRF Fellow.

Your organization offers 80 weekly online group and private lessons to more than 200 young people, and has an in-school residency program in Newark with an additional 250 students. The institute was also able to employ 35 teaching artists and youth leaders on living wages.

“NJACRF has enabled us to keep our children engaged in basic social-emotional art learning,” said Souder. “Elizabeth – a largely black and Latinx town and its surrounding neighborhoods – have been devastated by the pandemic, leaving many of our families with disproportionate levels of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and unemployment. Together with our philanthropic partners, we have helped bridge the digital divide by providing equipment, instruments and painting supplies so that every student can participate with the tools they need to be successful. “

In the first round of funding, funds were awarded to:

Atlantic County:

* Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City;

* Atlantic City Arts Foundation, Atlantic City

* Atlantic City Ballet, Atlantic City

* Bay Atlantic Symphony, Atlantic City

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Bergen district

* The art school in the Old Church, Demarest

* Arts Horizons, Englewood

* Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc., Fort Lee

* Center for modern dance training, 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

* Community Development Camden Repertory Theater, 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 in Bivalve, Port Norris section of the Commercial Township

Essex County

* Friends of Yogi, Little Falls

* Jazz House Kids., Montclair

* Montclair Film Festival, Montclair

* Music beyond measure, Montclair

* Sharron Millers Academy for the Performing Arts, Montclair

* Studio Montclair Gallery, Montclair

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* Vanguard Theater Company, Montclair

* Art Ed Newark, Newark

* Aferro Gallery, 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 the Empty Space, Newark

* Trilogy: An Opera Company, Newark

* University of Orange, Orange

* Luna Stage, West Orange

* Art for kids, West Orange

* Pushcart player, Verona

Hudson County

* Mile Square Theater, 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 Choir, 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 the Society for Music and Performing Arts, Trenton

* New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, Trenton

* Old Barracks Association, Trenton

* Passage Theater Company, Trenton

* Trenton Circus Squad, Trenton

* Trenton Museum Society, Trenton

* Trenton Music Maker, 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 Theater 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 Theater, Manasquan

* Rockit Live Foundation, Middletown

* Middletown Township Culture and Art Council, Middletown

* Monmouth Arts, Red Bank

* The Garden State Film Festival, Sea Girt

Morris County

* New Jersey Ballet Company, Florham Park

* Museum of Early Crafts and Crafts, Madison

* Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

* ARTS By The People, Morristown

* Morris Arts, Morristown

* New Jersey Theater Alliance, Morristown

* The growing stage theater for young audiences, Netcong

Ocean county

* Barnegat Bay Decoy & Baymen’s Museum, Tuckerton

Passaic district

* American Labor Museum Botto House, Haledon

* Hamilton partnership for Paterson, Paterson

* Downtown Ensemble, Paterson

Salem district

* Appel Farm Art and Music Center, Elmer

Somerset County

* The contemporary art center, Bedminster

* Frontline Arts, Branchburg

* Art Ed NJ, Warren

Sussex County

* Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton

Union County

* Institute of Music for Children, Elizabeth

* Merchant and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway

* Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, Roselle

* Continuo Arts Foundation, Summit

* New Jersey Visual Arts Center, Summit

* Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Union

* The theater project, Union

Via the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund

NJACRF was formed by a coalition of public and private donors to ensure the survival and strength of the state arts and culture sector in the face of the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants from the NJACRF aim to catalyze equitable nationwide recovery and build resilience in the cultural sector. NJACRF is committed to an equity-based process to ensure the funds serve the hardest-hit New Jersey populations. The fund was established with a donation from the Grunin Foundation and is hosted by the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Chaired by representatives from the Grunin and Dodge Foundation, the Prudential Foundation, the Stone Foundation of NJ, the EJ Grassmann Trust, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and the NJ Historical Commission are part of the coalition leadership. For availability of applications, current scholarship holders and donation opportunities, please visit


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