Applications for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program will open at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Venues, businesses, and sole proprietors that host, organize, promote, produce, or manage live events or performances can receive grants up to $300,000 through the program.

More information about the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program and a sample application are available at https://business.nj.gov/covid/community-stage.  

To help potential applicants prepare to apply, the NJEDA is hosting an informational webinar about the program at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Register for the webinar at bit.ly/NJEDA_StageGrantWebinar. A recording of the webinar will be available at https://business.nj.gov/covid/community-stage.

Program Overview:

The New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program provides grants of up to 30 percent of an eligible venue, business, or sole proprietor’s decline in operating revenue from 2019 to 2020, up to a maximum grant award of $300,000.

The program is open to for-profit venues, businesses, and sole proprietors that have an eligible NAICS Code or make 50 percent or more of their operating revenue from the organization, hosting, promotion, production, or management of performances. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a 25 percent or greater operating loss between Q2 2019 and Q2 2020 as well as involvement in at least 26 live performances where performers were paid and tickets were sold or admissions fees were charged over any consecutive 13-week period beginning January 1, 2019.

Nonprofit organizations are not eligible for the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program. A separate program for nonprofit establishments is being administered by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Comprehensive information about the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program is available at https://business.nj.gov/covid/community-stage.