NJCH buttons

 

Each year, NJCH receives Incubation and Action Grant funding requests from organizations seeking support for public humanities projects. Through a competitive application process, we award Incubation Grants ($1,000 to $5,000) and Action Grants ($2,000 to $20,000) to further our mission - to harness the power of the humanities to strengthen our pluralistic society.

Prior grant recipients, including a brief project description for each organization, are listed below.  


FY18 GRANTS

Incubation Grants

Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, to introduce the historic Apple Tree House to the public
Lake Hopatcong Foundation, to conduct an evaluation study to learn about programming needs for the community
Mahwah Museum, to digitize newspaper articles from museum archives
The Muse Collaborative, to develop a discussion-based series around hip-hop and rap
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, to research topics and themes to replace an exhibition
Rowan University, to engage community in place-based connections around water
Rutgers University, Agriculture and Urban Programs, to spark conversations with stakeholders around agriculture
Township of Teaneck, to coordinate talks around two memorial projects
University of Orange, to train resident musicians to investigate musical communities

Action Grants

Bongiorno Productions, with Renaissance Newark Foundation, to explore intergenerational poverty in Newark through film
Camden County College, to examine the lasting impact of the year 1968
Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, to increase awareness of Paterson’s global trade role
Kidsbridge Tolerance Center, to educate non-native communities about indigenous experiences
McCarter Theatre Center, to commission plays for a project focusing on migration
Morven Museum & Garden, to reinterpret and reinstall its permanent history exhibition
Newark Public Library, to host a summer poetry workshop for teens and young adults
Passaic County Department of Cultural and Historical Affairs, to develop inclusive exhibitions and programming
People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, to bring six literature and reading programs to vulnerable populations
Perkins Center for the Arts, to continue efforts for Tastefully South Jersey
Rutgers Camden, Writers House, to deepen connections with veterans and active military through the “Letters Home” project
Sankofa Collaborative, to develop workshops and resources for others addressing difficult topics in African American history
Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association, to further engagement of community members on the “Kwel’ Hoy” project
William Trent House Association, to expand the interpretation of slavery in the Trent House

FY17 GRANTS

Incubation Grants

Historic Morven, Inc., to develop an internal strategy for involving community in reinterpretation
William Trent House Association, to develop new programming about enslaved people
William Paterson University Galleries, to pilot a new program, “The Human Library”
Kidsbridge Tolerance Center, to to begin work on an educational program about indigenous communities
Bergen Community College, to explore culture and identity through food
Cherry Hill Public Library, to pilot a One Book, One Cherry Hill summer reading program
Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey, to initiate a series of discussions and workshops around incarcerated juveniles
West Orange Public Library, to create an inclusive series of library-based events
Montclair State University, to create written and oral Haitian Creole translations
Bloomfield Public Library, to examine the narratives the shape LGBTQ+ experiences in Bloomfield and beyond
Isles, Inc., to conduct planning and research to develop tours of Trenton
coLAB Arts, to produce a series of workshops about American communities see how murderers are punished
Atlantic Health System, to expand the Healing Voices workshop series
Perkins Center for the Arts, to examine folklore, art, and culture through food traditions
Bongiorno Productions, with Renaissance Newark Foundation, to assemble a think tank to develop film curriculum
Montclair History Center, to conduct a series of community oral history interviews
Roebling Museum, to explore ways to develop meaningful collaborations
NJ Historical Society, to further develop programming around difficult issues in African American history

Action Grants

Bethel AME Church, to organize a series of public programs about past and present race relations in Morris County
Bloomfield College, Division of the Humanities, to connect writers and community audiences through workshops
Grounds for Sculpture, to create in-gallery programming space supported by a scholar-in-residence
Montclair State University, to create a 90 minute documentary exploring recovery
Montclair State University, Harry A. Sprague Library,, to offer a series of free public programs about AI and robotics
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, to recreate a smaller version of a WWII-era spotter tower
Ocean City Historical Museum, to fund an ASL interpreter for exhibit tours
Old First Historic Trust, to develop an oral history project around Cuban immigrants
PCK Media, in conjunction with Stockton University, to support the creation of a documentary about Kea Tawana
Ramapo College of New Jersey, to further the use of digital collection of the papers of Jane Addams
The College of New Jersey, to create humanities-based disability and cultural studies curriculum for high school students
Whitesbog Preservation Trust, to create a series of films for the Cranberry and Blueberry Museum
Who is My Neighbor, Inc., to support the efforts of the Highland Park film students as they explore race in their town

FY16 GRANTS

Incubation Grants

Camden Repertory Theatre, to develop a reading and discussion program for youth in Camden
Bongiorno Productions, with Renaissance Newark Foundation, to support documentary work about poverty in Newark
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, to explore how to incorporate oral histories into exhibitions and programming
Atlantic Health System, to develop a series of workshops for the Healing Arts program
Raritan Valley Community College, to work on a storyboard and script for a planetarium program that examines mythology
Who is My Neighbor, Inc., to pilot a digital storytelling curriculum for their oral history project
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, to develop and beta test a digital resource center
Alliance Center for Independence, to host two workshops that examine how disabled persons were targeted in Nazi Germany
Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education, to explore a pilot environmental humanities program
Scotch Plains Public Library, with CHHANGE, to develop a multidisciplinary program on race and ethnicity
Fairleigh Dickinson University, to research and plan for diversifying audiences at WAMFEST

Action Grants

Sourland Conservancy, to support the creation of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum
Thomas Edison State University, to host two discussion based workshopsabout reintegration for veterans
People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, to support a short story reading and discussion program for new audiences
McCarter Theatre Center, to support the commission and public reading of 7 plays inspired by Princeton and Slavery project
Arts Council of Princeton, to investigate and preserve the history of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood of Princeton
Newark Museum Association, to develop programming for the “Native Artists of North America” exhibition
Middlesex County College Foundation, to create public programming for the Holocaust and Human Rights Center
George Street Playhouse, to explore issues of race and social justice in connection with their production of “American Son”
Two River Theater, to create programming for military and veteran families for the production “The Women of Padilla”