Thursday, February 20, 2020

Essex Co Cultural Assistance Grant Available

essex county arts councilEssex County Arts Council has announced they are accepting applications for their Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant. Grant funds are available to any arts, historical or preservation organization; library, museum or organization providing public programs for Essex County residents.

Application deadline is March 15th via email to The Arts Council no longer accepts mailed applications and only accept PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Technical assistance is available.


  • 2019 CAP funded organizations must have a final report on file, submitted by February 1st, 2020, to be eligible to apply for 2020 funding.
  • Any arts, historical or preservation organization; library, museum or organization providing public cultural programs for Essex County residents.
  • Organizations located outside of Essex County must provide documentation of how they serve Essex County residents.
  • Projects must be open to the public.
  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2020.
  • The organization must demonstrate managerial and fiscal competence.
  • Organizations no longer need to be a member of ECAC to apply for a CAP grant.

CAP Grants will support but are not limited to the following:

  • Programming expenses
  • Artist fees and honorariums
  • One-time use materials for programs and workshops
  • Partial fees for program administration
  • Advertising
  • Rental space for the event
  • Rental of equipment
  • Lighting & Sound
  • Costumes
  • Professional fees and services

CAP Grants will not support the following:

  • Equipment purchases (computer, theatrical or gallery lighting, sound system, exhibit systems)
  • Capital improvements, building repairs, permanently installed signage
  • Fundraising expenses/receptions

Grant Support Offered (one application per organization)

Project Support — maximum award is $1,000.
General Operating Support (GOS) – maximum award is $1,000. To qualify, organizations must have an annual budget of over $65,000 and at least one paid staff member.

In prior years the average grant award was $562.50.

More information can be found on the Essex County Arts Council website.

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