Congratulations! NJCH Awards $50,000 in Incubation Grants

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) recently awarded the first round of grants under its new Incubation Grant program, which supports program planning, prototyping, and research. Eleven institutions—including museums, hospitals, educational institutions, and service agencies—will bring cultural programming to citizens around the state. Grant funds will support programs designed to engage New Jerseyans in discussion around important historical and contemporary issues.

Briann Greenfield, NJCH Executive Director, explained the goals of the grant program. “2016 has been an exciting year at NJCH. Our Incubation Grant program is part of an initiative to cultivate new audiences for the humanities. The ideas of the humanities deepen our understanding of ourselves and our world and we want to make that experience available to all in New Jersey.”

Grants were awarded to:

  • Atlantic Health System ($5000) for a series of workshops that will engage both healthcare professionals and family or community caregivers in the literary arts.
  • Alliance Center for Independence ($5000) for two workshops that examine Nazi Germany’s T-4 program, which sought to kill people with disabilities living in World War II Germany and its occupied territories.
  • Bongiorno Productions ($5000), in partnership with the Renaissance Newark Foundation, for development and pre-production on RUST, the third in a series of three documentary films on how poverty fosters crime and poor education in Newark.
  • Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education ($2500) for a pilot project in the environmental humanities that will include public discussions, books studies, and speaker events.
  • Camden Repertory Theater ($4850) for a reading and discussion programs and workshops targeting young African Americans in Camden.
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University ($5000) to develop a plan for diversifying the audience for WAMFEST, an annual festival that brings together world-class artists and scholars from a wide range of disciplines for conversations, collaborative performances, interviews, readings, and talks around a single theme.
  • Museum of Early Trades and Crafts ($3000) to explore how to incorporate oral histories of the people of New Jersey into their programming and exhibitions.
  • Raritan Valley Community College ($4750) to develop a storyboard and draft script for The Same Night Sky, a planetarium program that compares western and Native American constellation mythology.
  • Scotch Plains Public Library ($5000), in partnership with the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (CHHANGE) and Social Justice Works, to develop a multidisciplinary program on race and ethnicity.
  • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey ($5000) to develop and beta test a dedicated education resource center on the organization’s website.
  • Who Is My Neighbor? Inc. ($5000) for an oral history project on Highland Park’s African American Community that will serve as a pilot program for a digital storytelling curriculum in development for Highland Park schools.

NJCH awards Incubation Grants up to $5000 for projects aimed at experimentation, research, prototyping, and examining new program models and topics and Action Grants up to $20,000 to implement or expand programs. Nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about NJCH’s grant program should visit the website at Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants & Programs, can be reached at (609) 695-4838 or

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