Newark Arts established the ArtStart Grant Program in 2001 specifically to nurture arts and cultural activities throughout the City of Newark and to enhance the capacity of Newark’s non-profit organizations, schools, and individual artists to provide arts-based projects throughout the City’s five wards. ArtStart events must take place between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025.

Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000.


Newark Arts will give paramount consideration to projects that:   

  • Enhance recognition of the value of the arts as a catalyst to address social issues  
  • Engage with neighborhood or community based organizations and are developed to address their identified needs  
  • Take place in local neighborhoods, stimulating creativity and community engagement
  • Engage children, youth and/or seniors and people with special needs 
  • Support academic achievement   
  • Are provided by small organizations and individual artists, enhancing their future capacity

Since 2001, the ArtStart Grant Program has been a catalyst for cultural activity in the local Newark arts community. The program offers mini-grants to community members, schools, non-profits and individual artists with the aim of nurturing a broad spectrum of arts and cultural activities involving young people and/or taking place in our neighborhoods. By seeding these innovative programs, Newark Arts continues to fulfill its mission of powering the arts in locations that are often overlooked by traditional programs, and stimulating economic and cultural activity on a hyper-local level.

A selection committee representing a broad spectrum of the community considers all proposals. Since its inception, Newark Arts has made over 200 grant awards ranging from $500 to $3,000, and totaling over $500,000!

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