Folk & Traditional Arts Project Grant

Guidelines Now Available

Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: December 6, 2023

by 12 PM EST Noon

Virtual Office Hours: November 13 and 21, and December 4, 2023

Folk & Traditional Arts Project FY25 Grant Program Guidelines
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The Folk & Traditional Arts Project (FTAP) grant program provides emerging to mid-career folk and traditional artists access to opportunities that significantly advance skills in their art form. For this grant opportunity, emerging to mid-career artists are individuals with more than five years of experience in their art forms.

Applicants may request up to $10,000 to cover the costs of a structured learning opportunity in their art form. Proposed projects must demonstrate measurable outcomes that the applicant intends to achieve, which furthers their work in their folk and traditional art form.

Please consult the Special Guidance for additional information and assistance.


All activities attributed to this grant program must take place between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025. Grant funds must be fully expended and all work completed by the end of the grant period.


All applicants must meet or exceed the following eligibility requirements. If an individual does not meet them, their Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) form will not move forward to the Application form stage.

An applicant must, at time of the Notice of Intent to Apply form submission, be:

  • an emerging to mid-career folk or traditional artist;

  • actively engaged in their folk/traditional art form for at least five years;

  • able to provide examples of work and engagement with the traditional community of origin for the art form;

  • at least 18 years of age;

  • a United States citizen, lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence, and a resident of the state of New Jersey;

  • able to maintain New Jersey residency throughout the application/grant cycle and be able to provide proof of residency when requested.

For more information on eligibility requirements for FTAP, please refer to the guidelines.


December 6, 2023 by 12:00 PM EST Noon: Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline

December 22, 2023: Applicants Notified of their NOI Eligibility Status

January 11, 2024: Applications Open for Successful NOI Applicants

February 6, 2024 by 12:00 PM EST Noon: Early Application Deadline (Early submissions will be reviewed by staff and provided the opportunity to be resubmitted by Final Application Deadline.)

February 13, 2024 by 12:00 PM EST Noon: Final Application Deadline


The Arts Council is committed to ensuring its programs are accessible to all people.

For accessibility services related to filing this application, please contact:

Lindsay Dandeo, Accessibility Coordinator | 609-984-7020 (NJ Relay 711)

Guidelines are available in both English and Spanish:

Folk & Traditional Arts Project FY25 Grant Program Guidelines
Proyecto de Artes Tradicionales y Populares Directricesdel Programa de Subvenciones para el Ejercicio Fiscal 2025

Questions about FTAP? Contact Folk Arts Program Officer Kim Nguyen: | 609-292-4495

Technical assistance is available! Join us for Virtual Office Hours to ask questions about the program and application.

Virtual Office Hours Schedule

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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