NJCH funds nonprofit organizations to develop meaningful humanities projects for New Jersey audiences. We welcome applications from libraries, museums, educational institutions, social service organizations, historical societies, cultural organizations, and other community organizations. Larger organizations, such as colleges and universities, will need to demonstrate meaningful public engagement beyond the confines of the institution to have a competitive proposal.
Our grant program includes:
- Incubation grants up to $5000 (given two times per year) to experiment, plan, research, prototype, and examine new programs and topics.
- Action grants up to $20,000 (given once per year) to implement or expand programs.
Projects should demonstrate an awareness of the needs and interests of audience members in your community. They should involve a strong project team and must include a humanities scholar at some phase of the project. As you begin thinking about your grant proposal, please don’t hesitate to reach out to NJCH staff. We can connect you with resources, help you think through your project, and assist you in preparing a competitive proposal.
Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants & Programs firstname.lastname@example.org 609-695-4838 x223
- Applicant must be a registered nonprofit organization in New Jersey.
- Applicants may not have an open grant with NJCH during the proposed grant period. (Exception: organizations serving as a fiscal agent may also have a self-directed project funded.)
- Ad-hoc groups may apply only as a co-sponsoring organization; an eligible organization must serve as the principal applicant and take fiscal responsibility.
- Applicant organizations must have been in public operation for at least one year prior to applying.
Any project supported by NJCH must have humanities at its core. Projects may take any form as long as they meet the grant requirements. NJCH staff can help you determine which grant type is most appropriate for the project you envision.
NJCH does not fund:
- Direct social action or political advocacy.
- Projects that provide academic credit, scholarships, fellowships, or regular course offerings.
- Scholarly programs directed to a limited audience.
- Arts projects that do not contain significant humanities component or perspective.
- Capital projects or the purchase of capital equipment greater than $1000.
- Repayment of loans or debts.
- Fundraising activities.
- Submit your Intent to Apply registration. NJCH staff will review your registration and schedule a conversation about your project.
- Have a site visit or consultation with an NJCH program officer. This is our opportunity to learn about your proposed project and talk about how NJCH funds might be able to support your work.
- Submit a draft of your application (optional). We will review your application and provide feedback well in advance of the application deadline.
- Submit your application.
Please note: all applications require both an intent to apply registration and conversation or site visit with an NJCH staff member before submission.
|Intent to Apply deadline||May 30, 2016||July 22, 2016||Oct 14, 2016|
|Application draft review (optional)||EXTENDED!Submit by May 25; returned by June 8||Submit by July 8; returned by July 22||Submit by Oct 14; returned by Oct 28|
|Application deadline||June 15, 2016||Aug 5, 2016||Nov 15, 2016|
|Award notification||By July 30, 2016||By Oct 30, 2016||By Jan 31, 2017|
|Projects begin||No earlier than Aug 1, 2016||No earlier than Nov 1, 2016||No earlier than Feb 1, 2017|
- Capital purchases or acquisitions of major equipment totaling over $1000 in value.
- Food and beverages.
- Costs incurred prior to the grant period.