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Local Art Program (LAP) Grants

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The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders have made funds available for support of the Arts through a Local Arts Partnership (LAP) grant administered by the Cultural & Heritage Division. This State block-grant program, funded in large part by the National Endowment for the Arts, provides essential support for the local arts community. The grants are intended to promote the growth and ensure the public accessibility of high quality, diverse community arts organizations and projects. The current year Grant Application Form and Guidelines are available, below.

Eligibility Requirements:

Mercer County's LAP grants are open to all county-based non-profit [certified as 501(c) (3) or 501(c) (4) agencies by the IRS] organizations that have been in operation, providing arts programming/services for at least two (2) years prior to applying. Applicants cannot receive funds from both the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts during the same funding year, nor may they receive funding from a Culture & Heritage office in another county during the same funding year (see Guidelines for full Eligibility information.)

Grant Categories:

Eligible organizations may apply for Special Project Support (SP) or General Operating Support (GOS). Different grant matches are required, based on the type of grant being requested. Organizations may only apply for one grant (regardless of category) in any given grant year.

Grant applications:

Grant applications are available online and completed applications (original plus 10 copies) can be mailed or hand delivered to the office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For U.S. Mail only :                                                       Overnight Delivery Service or Hand Delivered:
Mercer County Cultural and Heritage                                Mercer County Cultural and Heritage
PO Box 8068                                                                     640 South Broad Street - 4th Floor, Rooms 417 or 419
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068                                                   Trenton, NJ  08611

For more information or questions, call (609) 989-6418 or (609) 278-2712. 

More Information

FY19 Final Report Form (Word.doc) 

FY20 Local Arts Grant Application (Word.doc)
FY20 Local Arts Grant Guidelines

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