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ACTIVATION, REVITALIZATION, AND TRANSFORMATION (A.R.T.) PROGRAM – PHASE II


The application window for this program is expected to open in Q3 2024. Please revisit this page for updates and additional information.

Phase II of the Activation, Revitalization, and Transformation (A.R.T.) program, is aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the development and recovery of New Jersey’s commercial corridors and invigorating community focused arts and cultural organizations. The program will provide grants to projects located in thirty-one commercial corridor municipalities. Projects must be located within 1.5 miles of an eligible municipality’s passenger rail station.

AMOUNT

A.R.T. Phase II has received $15 million in funding.

Minimum grant request $100,000.

Maximum grant request $500,000.








BENEFITS

Non-profits can apply to produce place-making or arts-based projects.

Community-focused Arts & Cultural Organizations can apply.

Non-profit Applicants can partner with other individual or organizational entities to execute the project.

There are no application fees.



ELIGIBILITY

Open to non-profit organizations with a 501c (3), 501c (6), or 501c (19) status.

Eligible projects must be within 1.5 miles of an eligible municipalities’ passenger rail or light rail station.

Ineligible Applicants
Municipalities, governments, and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply. Awardees from Phase I are also not eligible to apply.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA AND ELIGIBLE MUNICIPALITY LIST IN “ELIGIBILITY” TAB BELOW

PROGRAM DETAILS

A.R.T. – Phase II is a competitive grant program that will disburse $15,000,000 in ARP SLFRF funding to address the impact of COVID-19 in 31 selected municipalities throughout the state.

The program supports the creation of public space activation initiatives, such as place making projects, public art installations, and arts-based projects.

Projects must be located in one of these 31 eligible municipalities and executed within 1.5 miles of an active passenger rail or light rail station operating in those municipalities.

Eligible Applications will be Scored by the NJEDA Scoring Committee on a Scale of 0 – 100 points, with award recommendations limited to applications that meet or exceed the minimum requirement of 65 points.

Projects must be completed and all grant award funding must be expended by December 31, 2026.

ELIGIBILE APPLICANTS

Non-profit organizations with a 501c (3), 501c (6), or 501c (19) status.

Only one application per EIN will be permitted to apply.

Ineligible applicants are: Municipalities, governments, for-profit entities, or any applicant that received a grant from Phase I of the A.R.T. program.

ELIGIBILE MUNICIPALITIES FOR PROJECTS

Asbury Park, Bayonne, Belleville, Burlington City, Camden, City of Orange, Clifton, Dover, Dunellen, East Orange, Egg Harbor City, Elizabeth, Garfield, Hackensack, Hammonton, Jersey City, Linden, Lindenwold, Long Branch, Netcong, New Brunswick, North Bergen, Passaic, Paterson, Pennsauken, Perth Amboy, Plainfield, Rahway, Riverside, Trenton, and Union City.

ELIGIBILE PROJECT LOCATIONS

Projects must be located and executed within 1.5 miles of an eligible municipalities’ passenger rail or light rail station. Click here to view the available mapping tool for identifying specific parameters of the eligible areas within the eligible municipality.

ELIGIBILE PROJECT ACTIVITIES

The Program supports the creation of public space activation initiatives, such as placemaking projects, public art installations, and arts-based projects.

Project activities/ initiatives may include, but are not limited to art exhibitions, performances, festivals, parades, concerts or concert series, film and video screenings, and cultural programming.

Funding can also be used to support the operational costs for the applicants to execute their art or placemaking project.

AWARD SIZE

The A.R.T. – Phase II grant program will allocate a total of $15 million to fund projects in the 31 selected municipalities throughout the state.

Minimum grant award request: $100,000

Maximum grant award request: $500,000

FEES

Applicant fees will be waived for this program.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The A.R.T. – Phase II is a competitive grant program accepting applications during a 60-calendar day application period. All applications will be reviewed following the closure of the application period. Applications are limited to one Application per EIN. The NJEDA will perform a review of all submitted applications for eligibility documentation on or after the closing date of the application period.

Applicants will be given 10-business days to submit document cures related to eligibility. If the application remains incomplete after the 10-business day cure period, or fails to establish program eligibility, the application will be declined.

Applications will be scored on a scale of 0 – 100 points, with award recommendations limited to applications that meet or exceed the minimum score requirement of 65 points. Applications will be evaluated and scored on each of the criteria listed in Exhibit A: Scoring Criteria.

Grant award recommendations will be made to the Board of the NJEDA in order with the highest scoring applicant being first and remaining applicants recommended in order of their score. Scoring criteria are listed in Exhibit A: Scoring Criteria.

PROGRAM GUIDE

QUESTIONS

For more information or to ask a specific question, please send an email to ArtPhase2@NJEDA.gov and a team member will reach out to you.