Local Arts Grants

Morris Arts is pleased to announce the continuation of the Local Arts Grant Program made possible by, and contingent upon, funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In spirit of our mission to build community through the arts, we offer Local Arts Grants to provide access to quality arts experiences in Morris County communities. Each year, the program supports more than 1,500 arts activities and programs that serve over 100,000 children and adults.

Is your Morris County arts non-profit organization interested in receiving a grant from Morris Arts? Is your Morris County non-profit organization seeking funding for an arts project?

Local Arts Grant funding is available for Morris County organizations that provide the community with arts events that are artistically excellent, provide public benefit, and are accessible to the public. Morris Arts offers General Operating Support (GOS) Grants for arts organizations and Special Project Support (SPS) Grants for other types of organizations that have significant arts programs. New and emerging organizations are eligible to apply for a Mini Grant. Applications are reviewed by an independent panel and funding awarded on a yearly basis.

Applicants must show the ability to complete all reporting necessary in accepting public funds by the deadlines specified, including a Local Arts 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.

Current Funding Period:
January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Next Funding Period: 
January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024

2023 Application Available:
June 2023

For more information on the Local Arts Grant Program, contact Weusi Baraka, Director of Arts in Community/Local Arts Grants, at wbaraka@morrisarts.org

Morris Arts Awards Local Arts Grants for Funding Year 2023

Morris Arts is pleased to announce that 32 Morris County arts organizations received Local Arts Grants totaling $120,500 for Funding Year 2023. Grants range from $1500 – $9000. 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 (NJSCA)/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
2023 Local Arts Grant Awardees include:A Work of Heart Productions (Madison), All Children’s Art Center of New Jersey (Boonton), Art in the Atrium (Morristown), ARTS By The People (Morristown), Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (Dover), Boonton Holmes Public Library (Boonton), Cornerstone Family Programs/Morristown Neighborhood House (Morristown), County College of Morris Foundation (Randolph), Dance Innovations Performance (Chatham), Fairleigh Dickinson University – WAMFEST (Madison), First Night Morris County (Morristown), Friends of the Roxbury Library (Succasunna), Good Grief (Morristown), Hanover Wind Symphony (Madison), Harmonium Choral Society (Morristown), Huaxia Chinese Chorus (Parsippany), Lakeland Youth Symphony (Parsippany), Levitate Creative Services ,LLC (Dover), Lyrica Chamber Music (Chatham Township), Morris Choral Society (Morristown), Morris County Historical Society (Morristown), Morris Music Men (Chatham), Morristown Festival of Books (Morristown), Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown), Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Madison), New Jersey Jazz Society (Madison), Opera at Florham (Convent Station), Roxbury Arts Alliance (Ledgewood), Skylands Songwriters Guild (Ledgewood), The Masterwork Chorus (Morristown), Town of Dover (Dover); and Visions and Pathways (Morristown).  

Additionally, $2,000 in mini-grants was awarded.

All Local Arts Grantees must include the following updated credit/logo from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts 


  Made possible by funds from Morris Arts, a partner
  of  the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


along with the Morris Arts logo

All Morris Arts logo files can be found here

Questions? Contact Weusi Baraka, Director of Arts in Community, at wbaraka@morrisarts.org or (973) 285-5115 ex. 14.

The Local Arts Grant Program is administered in Morris County by Morris Arts 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.