Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant
Guidelines Now Available

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2022, 4:00 PM EST
Apprentice Edwin Estremera (L) works with Master Bomba drummer  Nelson Baez.
Apprentice Edwin Estremera (L) works with Master Bomba drummer Nelson Baez.

Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants encourage communities to continue passing on their valued traditions in traditional settings, by providing stipends so that master folk artists and craftsmen can help apprentices develop greater skill.  Since 1995, these grants have supported apprenticeships in many different cultural communities, reflecting the rich array of traditional arts in our state.  

The cycle for Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants under this program runs July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. 

The Council awards $4,000 to successful Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship applications, which includes a $500 stipend for the Apprentice. At least 80% of the remaining $3,500 must be used for the Master’s fee and other budget components such as supplies, materials, and travel.

A master folk artist is someone who has learned a traditional art as part of community life and has attained a high level of excellence in the eyes of other community members.

An apprentice is someone from the same cultural group who has demonstrated ability and commitment to learning and practicing the traditional art of the master. 
The applicant for the Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant is the apprentice. That person must be at least eighteen years of age at the time of this grant application deadline and must be a resident of New Jersey at the time of application and at the time of the award. Students enrolled in out-of-state educational institutions are eligible as long as they retain their NJ resident status. If awarded, verification of residency and social security number will be required. Apprentices are encouraged to work with master folk artists who are also residents of New Jersey whenever possible.

Only one application per apprentice per year may be submitted.

January - March 2022: Technical assistance for SAGE registration and questions about the application.

February 7, 2022: All potential applicants must register in SAGE by 4:00 PM EST.

February 8, 2022: The application will be available in SAGE to all registered applicants.

March 31, 2022: Application efiled in SAGE by 4:00 PM EST.

Guidelines are available in both English and Spanish.
Contact Folk Arts Program Officer Kim Nguyen: or 609-292-4495

Application assistance is available!
Join us for webinars and open office hours to ask questions about the program and application.
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