Our Grants program 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.
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.
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.
Any project supported by NJCH must have humanities at its core. Projects may take any form as long as they meet grant requirements. NJCH staff can help you determine which grant type is most appropriate for the project you envision.
- 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.
- General Operating Support
- 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
NJCH’s online grant system incorporates all parts of the application process from the initial Intent to Apply up to final submission. The system will generate a unique URL that will enable your team to freely access the application system throughout the entire process.
Please read through the Grants Overview and FAQ pages to ensure that you are eligible to apply for a grant and to determine which type of grant best suits your project. The Grant Calendar will help you determine when all application materials are due and when your project can begin.
The links are unique to their respective grants. The full application can be previewed from the link, however, parts will remain locked until the appropriate steps are completed.
This will unlock the Intent to Apply form. The primary contact will also be sent an email which contains the unique URL for your application. Please save this email! If it is not received, please check junk/spam folders.
NJCH staff will review your submitted Intent to Apply and notify you if you are invited to submit an application. If you are invited to submit an application, we will unlock the full application, which will be accessible from the same URL as the Intent to Apply. We strongly recommend that you submit the Intent to Apply early to enable time for revision of your project if it is not initially accepted and to give you time to participate in the draft review process.
If you are invited to submit an application, you may submit a draft of your application up to two weeks before the application deadline. We will submit feedback in advance of the deadline. Please note that once a draft application is submitted in the online system, NJCH staff will not be able to view any changes until the final submission. The online system can only accept completed applications; if you wish to submit a partial draft application please contact NJCH staff.
All invited applicants will be required to have a site visit or phone consultation prior to the application deadline. This is our opportunity to learn more about your proposed project and to answer any questions you might have about the grant application or process.
Final applications must be submitted through our online system by the end of the day on the due date listed in the grant calendar. Materials submitted late will not be considered. Once your final application is submitted in the online system, you will not be able to make any changes.
Intent to Apply: September 1 – October 12, 2017
Application Deadline: October 27, 2017
Award Notification: December 29, 2017
Projects Begin: No earlier than January 1, 2018
Intent to Apply: May 7 – June 14, 2018
Application Deadline: June 28, 2018
Award Notification: August 31, 2018
Projects Begin: No earlier than September 1, 2018
Intent to Apply: February 19 - March 29, 2018
Application Deadline: April 12, 2018
Award Notification: By June 29, 2018
Projects Begin: No earlier than July 1, 2018