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, 2022 – December 31, 2022

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

2023 Application Available:
June 2022

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 2022

Morris Arts is pleased to announce that 30 Morris County organizations received Local Arts Grant funding totaling $120,000 for 2022. 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.

2022 Local Arts Grant Awardees include: All Children’s Art Center of New Jersey (Boonton), ARTS By The People (Morristown), Art in the Atrium (Morristown), Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (Dover), Community Foundation of New Jersey (Morristown), Cornerstone Family Programs/Morristown Neighborhood House (Morristown), County College of Morris – Teen Arts Festival (Randolph), Dance Innovations Performance Foundation (Chatham), Downtown Denville Business Improvement District (Denville), Fairleigh Dickinson University – WAMFEST (Madison), First Night Morris County (Morristown), Friends of the Roxbury Library (Succasunna), Good Grief (Morristown), Grow it Green Morristown (Morristown), Hanover Wind Symphony (Madison), Harmonium Choral Society (Morristown), Huaxia Chinese Chorus (Parsippany), Lakeland Youth Symphony (Parsippany), Lyrica Chamber Music (Chatham Township), Madison Arts and Culture Alliance (Madison), Masterwork Chorus (Morristown), Morris Choral Society (Morristown), Morristown National Historical Park (Morristown), Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Madison), New Jersey Jazz Society (Summit), Opera at Florham (Convent Station, Roxbury Art Alliance (Ledgewood), Skylands Songwriters Guild (Ledgewood); and Visions and Pathways (Bridgewater).      

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




Questions? Contact Kaity De Laura, Director of Arts in Community, at kdelaura@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.