Local Arts Grants

The Local Arts Grants,administered in Morris County by Morris Arts, provides funding to local arts organizations from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The program offers grants for general operating support and for special projects to qualifying Morris County arts organizations, as well as non-profit organizations that provide arts programming. Applications are reviewed by an independent panel and funding awarded on a yearly basis.

Morris Arts awards Local Arts Grants for funding year 2016
Morris Arts is pleased to announce that 24 Morris County arts organizations received Local Arts Grants totaling $51,000 for Funding Year 2016. These grants help support visual arts, theatre, dance, instrumental and choral groups, museums, and broad-based community arts programming which, in turn, enable thousands of people throughout our county to experience the arts in a multitude of ways. Funding is made possible through the Local Arts Program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

This year’s awardees include: Art in the Atrium, Inc. (Morristown); Arts! By the People (Morristown); Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (Dover); Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, Inc. (Denville); Chatham Community Players (Chatham); Coro Lirico (Morristown); County College of Morris (Randolph); Dance Innovations Performance Foundation (Chatham); Drew University (Madison); Fairleigh Dickinson University – WAMFEST (Madison/ Teaneck); First Night® Morris County (Morristown); Hanover Wind Symphony (Whippany); Harmonium Choral Society (Morristown); India Culture Foundation (Parsippany); Lakeland Youth Symphony (Parsippany); Masterwork Chorus (Morristown); MidAtlantic Opera (Morristown); Morris Choral Society (Morristown); Morris Music Men (Morristown); Morristown Neighborhood House (Morristown); Music at Morristown United Methodist Church (Morristown); Opera at Florham (Convent Station); St. Peters Episcopal Church (Morristown); and Zufall Health Center(Dover).

Additionally, Morris Arts will award mini-grants in the amount of $2,000.

Application materials for the funding year 2017:

LAG Application form

Evaluation form

ADA Accessibility Checklist

Interim Report FY 2017

LAP Application FY 2017 Excel Financials


ADA Accessibility Checklist  Word Doc.

Interim Report FY 2017   Word Doc.

LAG Application Form  Word Doc.


For more information or to request an application, contact Kadie Dempsey, Director of Arts in Community, by email at kdempsey@morrisarts.org

NEXT FUNDING PERIOD: January 1, 2016– December 31, 2017

Morris Arts offers Local Arts Grant funding to Morris County non-profit organizations that provide the Morris County community with arts events that are artistically excellent, provide public benefit, and are accessible to the public.  Applicants must show the ability to complete all reporting necessary in accepting public funds by the deadlines specified, including a grant application for funding, a  Commitment Letter, and a final report.  Organizations already receiving funding from NJSCA are not eligible for a Local Arts Grant.



Art in the Atrium, Inc. in Morristown: ATA holds an annual exhibition along with providing continuing education for the Morris County community, especially school-aged children, exposing them to fine art, specifically African-American Art. (973) 540-0615 http://artintheatrium.org/


ARTS By The People in Morristown: This organization serves communities in Northern New Jersey. Their mission is to establish, operate, promote and conduct educational programs, opportunities, classes and sessions in the creative arts, especially seniors and youth. (973) 703-5500 www.artsbythepeople.org


The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey in Dover: The orchestra presents classical music to residents of NJ and provides opportunities for musicians to perform and for audiences to hear and understand orchestral, operatic and chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries and more. (973) 538-7562 https://baroqueorchestra.org/


Blackwell Street Center for the Arts in Denville: This eclectic group of visual artists organizes a high school art show including high school artists from all over Morris County.  The Student Art Show – held at the Morris County Hall of Records – is seen by approximately 2,000 people. (973) 316-0857 http://www.blackwell-st-artists.org/


Chatham Community Players in Chatham: The Mission of this community theatre group is to produce high quality theatre for a diverse audience, while elevating its’ standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. (973) 635-7300 http://www.chathamplayers.org/


Coro Lirico in Morristown: This organization, specializing in opera, is committed to providing the finest choral music performances in the region.  The company does out-reach to area colleges and high schools to engage students interested in opera. (732) 412-6668 / (908) 963-5780 http://www.njchoralconsortium.org/coro-lirico.html


County College of Morris in Randolph: Morris County Teen Arts Festival is an annual event that promotes and develops the talents of middle and high school students in dance, theater, film, instrumental and vocal music, creative writing and visual arts. Over 1000 Morris County students participate each year. (973) 328-5064 http://www.ccm.edu/


Dance Innovations Performance Foundation, Inc. in Chatham: Dance Innovations Performance Foundation contributes to the community by offering the art of Dance to organizations and schools in Morris County. DIPF also continues to collaborate with several area arts organizations. (973) 635-7000 http://www.danceinnovations.org/dipf.htm


Fairleigh Dickinson University (WAMfest) in Hackensack: a multi-disciplinary arts event that brings together world class artists in conversation and performance with one another to celebrate the literary qualities of various musical traditions, promoting and encouraging collaborations and partnerships within the Morris County community. http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=9586


Family Intervention Services in Rockaway: FIS promotes the positive growth, development, and well-being of children, families and communities. FIS uses the power of the arts and other holistic methods to prevent, heal, and/or re-frame painful life experiences of children and adults through creative arts therapies and other therapeutic methods thereby increasing their capacities for wellness and future independence. (973) 324-7897 http://www.fisnj.org/


First Night Morris County in Morristown: New Jersey largest New Year’s Eve Celebration. Over 300 artists, 80 events in 24 venues, First Night Morristown is attended by 5 to 10,000 NJ Residents each year. (973) 292-0384 http://www.firstnightmorris.com/


Fusion Color Guard, Inc. T/A Fusion Core in Succasunna: The goal of this group is to provide young adults the opportunity to continue their musical and color guard / dance performance education in an atmosphere that fosters teamwork, mentoring and education, as well as personal excellence. (845) 831-4109 *


Hanover Wind Symphony in Whippany: Through presentation of dynamic performances, the Symphony enriches the cultural fabric of the community, supporting and educating music lovers of all ages. Committed to advancing excellence in the wind band tradition while providing growth opportunities for musicians. (201) 213-6276 http://www.hanoverwinds.org/


Harmonium, A Classical Choral Society, Inc. in Morristown: The mission is to inspire and transform our community through music. They perform a diverse repertoire of choral music at a high artistic level, and advance the choral arts through education, commissions and community partnerships. (973) 538-6969 http://harmonium.org/index.shtml


Lakeland Youth Symphony in Parsippany: Lakeland Youth Symphony provides musical enrichment to students from 5 to 18 offering instruction and opportunities to perform in public. They also present eleven out-reach performances per year to area seniors,  disabled and veterans. (973) 402-6010 http://www.lakelandyouthsymphony.org/


Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, Inc. in Madison: This organization is dedicated to the support and promotion of the rich and diverse artistic, cultural, and educational assets of the Madison community.  Their mission is to support the creative and intellectual lives of our area’s citizens. (973) 514-1787 ext. 11 http://www.madisonartsnj.org/


The Masterwork Chorus in Morristown: Masterwork Chorus provides area residents the opportunity to sing with a professional orchestra while providing the community with artistically excellent performance at affordable prices. The grant will be used to support free community out-reach programs. (973) 455-7008 http://www.masterwork.org/


MidAtlantic Opera in Morristown: MAO brings the finest operatic performances to audiences in Morris County, New Jersey and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. MAO seeks to enrich the cultural life of the community by sharing with and educating the community in the aesthetic power, the intellectual and emotional engagement and enjoyment of world class opera. (973) 734-4916 http://www.midatlanticopera.org/


Morris Choral Society in Morristown: The mission of the Morris Choral Society is to provide the finest in choral music performances and an opportunity for all interested singers to perform in a choral organization. The chorus performs in senior centers, schools and public venues. (973) 267-2743 http://www.morrischoralsociety.org/


Morris County Arts Workshop  in North Chester: Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people in our communities by making arts participation an integral part of everyday life, Morris County Arts Workshop serves all age groups – youngsters to senior citizens. MCAW encourages and nurtures the creative processes – in order to provide participants with the ability to achieve and share creative joy. (908) 879-8753 http://www.mcartsworkshop.com


The Morris Music Men in Chatham: The premier barbershop chorus in Morris County, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Dedicated to the performance and preservation of Barbershop Harmony, The Morris Music Men provides opportunities for members to perform in concerts throughout Morris County. (877) 808-8897 / (973) 540-1648 http://www.morrismusicmen.org/


Morristown Neighborhood House in Morristown: Provides families and youth with a community based support system. The Performing Arts Program’s goal is to develop in young people an awareness of the arts and the artistic process through music, dance and drama (973) 538-1229 ext. 26 http://www.neighborhood-house.org/


Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison: METC enhances the understanding and appreciation of America’s past by presenting and interpreting New Jersey’s history and culture through education, preservation and stewardship of its’ collection. Funding will be used to support the outdoor summer concert series. (973) 377-2982 http://metc.org/


Music at Morristown United Methodist Church in Morristown: This church based concert series is devoted to classical music concerts for members of the Morristown community. Outreach includes free concerts for school groups, day care and lunch for seniors. (973) 538-2132 http://morristownumc.org/content/concert-series


New Jersey Foundation for the Blind in Denville: The NJ Foundation for the Blind enables adults who are visually impaired to lead full and independent lives. Funding will support “The Arts at Diamond Spring”, providing two workshops to build sensory skills and healing: Art Studio (painting, pottery and sculpture) and Music Appreciation, as well as Group Drumming Circles. (973) 627-0055 http://www.njffb.org/


Opera at Florham in Convent Station: Opera at Florham provides opportunities for adults and young adults to perform operatic music. The organization is using funding to engage advanced level performers for 4 concerts. Opera at Florham will also be developing “Opera in Schools Program” where students will learn the music and stories of Opera. (908) 429-2704 http://www.operaatflorham.com/


St Peters Episcopal Church in Morristown: The Spring Arts Festival of St. Peters will be a weeklong series of events showcasing and enabling the creativity of artists, particularly children, from throughout the community. (973) 538-0555 http://www.stpetersmorristown.org/


Women’s Theater Company in Lake Hiawatha: Offers a creative, educational environment for women theatre artists to develop, practice, and produce their craft. It supports the development of women artists and promotes new works in American theatre.(973) 316-3033 http://womenstheater.org/


Additionally, the Arts Council awarded one mini-grant to The Morris County Tourism Bureau for a mural project.


The Local Arts Grant Program is administered in Morris County by Morris Arts (formerly Arts Council of the Morris Area) and it has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.