Cultural Trust’s FY25 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants for Arts Organizations COMING SOON!

Later in 2024, applications will open for the Cultural Trust’s FY25 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants for Arts Organizations (IFS Arts) program.

The IFS Arts program addresses the financial and institutional challenges that threaten nonprofit arts organizations’ stability and helps them build greater operational capacity to manage and advance their work. Past grant projects funded through this program have included establishing cash reserves and working capital funds, developing strategic plans, and upgrading technology, among many others. Guidelines for this program will be released later this spring.

Apply for qualification by June 24, 2024

In order to be eligible to apply for an IFS Arts grant or any Cultural Trust program, organizations must first be designated qualified by the Cultural Trust.

To check whether your organization is already qualified and when your qualification status will expire, review the list of actively qualified organizations on the Cultural Trust website’s Grant Opportunities page.

In order to apply for the FY25 grant round, any arts organization whose qualification status is expired or will expire in 2024 must submit a qualification application, whether to renew their status or to apply for the first time.

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 24, 2024 in order to be received and processed in time for consideration at the Cultural Trust Board’s July 2024 meeting.

The qualification application is available on the Cultural Trust website’s Grant Opportunities page.

Register for a Qualification Workshop

Join the Cultural Trust for a live Zoom workshop to learn more about qualification and how to apply. Staff will be happy to answer your questions! Upcoming workshop dates:

Frequently Asked Questions

The qualification application is a paper form with required attachments. It must be submitted by mail. Please read the application guidelines carefully to ensure you include all of the required materials.

Click one of the links above to register for an upcoming Zoom workshop. You can also click here to watch a recorded webinar about how to apply for qualification, or contact the Cultural Trust at 609-292-6403 or by email at .

The grant guidelines for the Cultural Trust’s FY25 grant round will be released later in the spring. The FY25 IFS Arts program will be administered by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, one of the Cultural Trust’s recommending agencies. The Arts Council will accept applications, manage the independent panel review process, and recommend applications to the Cultural Trust Board for funding.

Above: Rossen Milanov conducts the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in March 2024. The Cultural Trust Board approved the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s application for qualification at its March meeting.


Phone: 609-292-6403


About the New Jersey Cultural Trust

The New Jersey Cultural Trust, a division of the New Jersey Department of State, was created in July 2000 as a public/private partnership to help ensure a stable and healthy nonprofit cultural industry in New Jersey that is sustainable even in the toughest of economic times. The Trust provides grants to support capital projects, endowments and institutional and financial stabilization of arts, history, and humanities organizations in New Jersey. Funding for the grants comes from interest earned on the Cultural Trust Fund, which is a permanent investment fund. To learn more about the Trust, please visit their website here.

About the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council believes the arts are central to every element we value most in a modern society including: human understanding; cultural and civic pride; strong communities; excellent schools; lifelong learning; creative expression; and economic opportunity.

To learn more about the Council, please visit

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