Thank you for your interest in the grant opportunities provided by the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission. The charter of the Commission is clearly defined in its name: it is the organization charged by the county to recommend and administer programs to increase the visibility and impact of local and county history, of the arts, and of the cultural values, goals and traditions of the community. It serves as an advisory agency to the Board of Chosen Freeholders and aids them in seeking available State, Federal and foundational funds to develop and support historical, arts and cultural programs.
A significant part of the Commission’s work each year is the development and administration of the various grant opportunities secured for in-county non-profit organizations. Provided below are details of the various grant opportunities available.
Arts and History Re-Grant Program
Each year the County of Cumberland receives Block Grants provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) and the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC). A Block Grant is a single proposal submitted to a single source to fund the projects and/or expenses of several organizations. The NJSCA and NJHC review the blocks, and based on the perceived quality of the proposed programming and the anticipated value to the community, they allocate funds from their annual budgets to the County. Cumberland County is the fifth highest county recipient of the these funds in New Jersey. Using the same criteria, the Commission then re-grants some or all of the funding requested to the individual groups for implementation of their programs.
The application and guidelines for the program are available here for download. The expenses, fundraising and income components of the application are provided as separate Excel files which contain fields which will auto-complete when basic budget information is provided.
Applications for the 2024 re-granting round are due in the office of the Cumberland County Department of Planning by Friday, October 13, 2023. Any questions, please contact the department at (856) 453-2175.