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Applications are now open for a third round of grants from the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund.

This round will provide grants to nonprofit organizations acting as intermediaries for artists, teaching artists and history professionals who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to support artists’ and history professionals’ basic living and career-sustaining needs due to the loss of work and earning opportunities.

The fund was established to “ensure the survival, strength and sustainability of the state’s arts, cultural and historical sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” organizers say.

Grant decisions are made by a steering committee of funders and other stakeholders guided by a review panel of arts, arts education, history and philanthropy experts. 

New Jersey’s cultural institutions sustained losses of more than $30 million due to pandemic-related closures and cancellations, officials say, forcing layoffs, exhausting reserves and endowments, and increasing debt.

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Nonprofit arts organizations typically generate more than $600 million in economic activity, employ nearly 30,000 workers and engage 9.5 million people per year, while heritage tourism also draws many visitors and dollars. 

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The first phase of grant funding closed in January 2021, awarding $2.6 million to 100 New Jersey based non-profits. The second phase closed in May 2021 and awarded $1.3 million to more than 60 nonprofits throughout the state.

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