Mid Atlantic provides administrative support for the Individual Artist Fellowship program for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to help them pursue their artistic goals.

Mid Atlantic Arts administers the application submission, review, and post-award process on behalf of New Jersey State Council on the Arts through an ongoing partnership. This includes applicant notification, administration of the individual grants, and final reporting.

Grant support range: Past awards have ranged from $4,000 – $32,000

Eligibility and Schedule


*Please review the Rules & Instructions for other requirements and for discipline specific information

  • Artists must be permanent residents of the State of New Jersey. The applicant must be a current, permanent New Jersey resident at the time of application (the date the application is submitted – typically in July) and at the time of award (which typically happens in March).
  • Age 18 or older.
  • The applicant must be the artist whose original work is represented in the work samples.
  • Artists who received a Fellowship in any category in the past five years are not eligible to apply for the current year.
  • Applicants may not be matriculated students in any graduate, undergraduate, or high school program at the time of application and award. Fellowships may not provide funding for scholarships or academic study in pursuit of a degree.
  • Collaborating New Jersey artists are not eligible to submit a joint application for collaborative work.  The applicant artist must have sole creative control over all work submitted to the Fellowships program under their name.


Webinar One: June 13, 2024 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET Click here to view a recording!
Webinar Two: June 25, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET Register now!
Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 5PM ET

This is an annual program with a two-year rotation for discipline support.

Categories Offered for the 2025 Fellowships

  • Choreography
  • Crafts
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Playwriting/Screenwriting
  • Poetry
  • Sculpture

Guidelines and Application

APPLY NOW! Applications are currently being accepted for the 2025 program year.
Click here for the online application portal.

Submission Deadline Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 5PM ET

To learn more about the program and determine your eligibility, please review the program Rules & Instructions carefully PRIOR to submitting an application. Applications which do not adhere to all Rules & Instructions are subject to disqualification.

Rules & Instructions are available in English and Spanish as both PDF and Word formats below.

Rules & Instructions - English and Spanish Language


For this program, Mid Atlantic Arts works with a panel of independent reviewers to recommend applications for funding. To be considered as a panelist for this and other programs, complete our Panelist Interest Form. You only need to complete the form once to be considered for multiple programs. Click here to access the Panelist Interest Form.

Application Assistance Webinars

Mid Atlantic Arts, in coordination with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, offers application assistance webinars for prospective Fellowship applicants. Applicants will receive an overview of the Rules & Instructions requirements and step-by-step instructions on how to use the SmartSimple application system.

Registration is required. Individuals that register for a webinar will receive the connection information and instructions via email. To register, please follow the link listed next to your desired Webinar date. Both webinars cover the same information.

Webinar #1
June 13, 2024 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET Click here to view a recording!

Webinar #2
June 25, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET Register now!

Live closed captioning will be provided during the webinars. For other accommodation requests, please contact at least three business days prior to the webinar.

Other Application Assistance Resources

Work Sample Preparation Guide
Assists applicants with the technical requirements for audio, video, image and literary work samples and addresses many frequently asked questions.

The Work Sample Preparation Guide is available in both PDF and Word formats below.

Download the Work Sample Preparation Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)

Download the Work Sample Preparation Guide as an accessible Word doc (click link to download)

Quick Start Video Tutorial
Get a basic introduction to Mid Atlantic Arts’ SmartSimple application system.

Click here to access the Quick Start Application Video Tutorial (takes you to YouTube post)

Application Assistance Webinar Recording
Watch the recording of the June 13th webinar presentation.

Coming soon!

Contact Mid Atlantic Arts

If you have reviewed the Rules & Instructions and available application assistance resources and still have questions, contact Mid Atlantic Arts staff at 410-539-6656 x101 or

Support is available during regular business hours, 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday.

Applicants receive assistance from Mid Atlantic Arts staff on a first-come, first-served basis and should be aware that demand increases significantly shortly before the deadline.

Opportunity & Support Type
Target Candidate
Folklife & Traditional Arts
Literary Arts
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Regional Requirement
Questions or need guidance?
Jackie Domenus
Program Director, Fellowships
Stephanie Reyes
Program Associate, Fellowships and International
Funding support provided by:
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts logo.