Creative Aging Initiative Application Now Open

Technical Assistance Available

Application Deadline: September 29, 2022 | 4:00PM EST


The Creative Aging Initiative (CAI) grant provides $10,000 to eligible arts organizations, libraries, veterans homes, and senior and community centers to cover costs for two (2) 8-day residencies for New Jersey seniors/aging adults (aged 55 and over).

A CAI residency is defined as an arts-based learning experience that directly impacts the same audiences for multiple sessions. Residencies can take place in any art form (visual, performing, literary arts). Creative aging programming should be offered without charge to the organization’s senior/aging adult population.


Eligibility information is provided in the grant guidelines, which are available in English and Spanish.



The CAI application will be made available in SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically) on Thursday, September 1. The deadline to apply is September 29, 2022 at 4:00 PM EST. The grant period runs from January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023. Grant funds must be fully expended, and both residencies must be completed by the end of the grant period.

Free technical assistance and support are available for each component of the grant program. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of all available resources. Please reference the Arts Council’s website for specific details, including times, links, and registration requirements.

Important Note: In order to access the application, organizations must first be registered in the SAGE grants system. If your organization has never registered in SAGE, you will need to create a new account. Please review the guidelines for more information about the registration process.



The Arts Council will administer the application and selection process for these grants. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness by Arts Council staff. Applications that have been deemed complete and eligible will be reviewed by an independent panel of subject area experts and evaluated against the stated criteria. The panel will utilize this rubric to score applications. Applicants are welcome to use the rubric for self-assessment prior to submission. The rubric is available in English and Spanish.

If you have specific questions concerning your application, the following staff are available to help:

Creative Aging Initiative Guidelines
Iniciativa para el Envejecimiento Creativo Directrices del Programa de Subvencione

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is committed to making all of its programs accessible to all people. For accessibility services related to filing this application, please contact Accessibility Coordinator, Mary Eileen Fouratt at 609-984-6815 (NJ Relay 711) or maryeileen.fouratt@sos.nj.gov.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. 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 receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit www.artscouncil.nj.gov.

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