Morris Arts Offers Relief Grants to Teaching Artists

Published on February 23, 2021

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Deadline to Apply is March 15 

Morris Arts is offering grants to New Jersey teaching artists who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Morris Arts Teaching Artist Relief Grant is made possible through the New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation helping to ensure the survival of New Jersey’s cultural sector during this period of economic devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility applies to practicing New Jersey Teaching Artists who are professional artists with dual careers as educators – in all artistic disciplines (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and writing) – who work in schools, museums, social service and community settings. Applicants must demonstrate strong financial need and a history of arts-based income. Full time K-12 or college faculty are not eligible. Applicants must live in New Jersey, be 18 years or older and able to receive taxable income in the United States.

March 15, 2021 is the grant application deadline. Awardees will be notified by email of the decision no later than April 30, 2021. Morris Arts will mail payment to awardees shortly following notification email. Grant awards are unrestricted and can be used for any kind of emergency relief. Grant recipients will not be required to file a final report. The decisions of Morris Arts are final.

Morris Arts will administer the application, selection process, notification and disbursement of funds. All applications will be reviewed against the listed criteria for eligibility by Morris Arts staff. Once eligibility has been confirmed, an independent grant panel will review applications and make award recommendations. Recommendations will be approved by the Morris Arts Board of Trustees.

The grants will be awarded based upon demonstrated financial need, available funding, and an equitable distribution of funds relating to racial/ethnic diversity, geography (South, Central, North New Jersey) and arts disciplines. We expect the need in the field to be extremely high.

Application forms are available here at  and at

Guidelines are also available in Spanish. If you have any questions please email Barbara Reuther at [email protected].

Morris Arts, located in Morristown, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the community and in schools, creative placemaking, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.