In our nationally recognized Community History program, participants receive instruction on public history practices, develop projects in a collaborative environment, and receive funding from NJCH to launch projects in their communities. Join us Monday, December 11, at noon for a virtual information session covering program and eligibility guidelines, application process and timeline, and all of your questions.

Our Mission

We explore, cultivate, and champion the public humanities in order to strengthen New Jersey’s diverse community.

Our Work

Humanities Lab

Launching in spring 2023, this pilot program will help organizations learn about, experiment, and get started with with new program ideas.

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Sponsorships support events, programs, and opportunities that help institutions serving the people of New Jersey explore the public humanities in our lives.

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Our programs, grants, resources, and convenings foster appreciation for the public humanities in every district in the state.

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NJCH Welcomed Three New Board Members in 2023

As we approach the end of the year, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities is thankful to have welcomed three new members to our Board of Trustees in 2023! […]

The house at 45 Macculloch Avenue in Morristown. Photo by Stan Freeny.

Community History: The Showcase

We held our last Community History learning session for this cohort on September 13. With this year’s program wrapping up, the CH23 cohort is beginning to look ahead to the November showcase.

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Resource Roundup November 2023

The Resource Roundup is a monthly email newsletter for the NJ Humanities community with helpful information, including notifications of funding, professional development events, meetings, and conferences from both NJCH and […]

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New Video Explores NJ’s Responses to “What does it mean to be a good citizen?

In spring 2022, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities collected hundreds of responses from individuals throughout the state as part of our Democracy Conversation Project. Via both an online […]

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NJCH Grantee Featured in Media Surrounding the Release of New Netflix Film Rustin

The new Netflix film Rustin tells the long-overlooked story of Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin, and an NJ Council for the Humanities-funded project at his namesake center in Princeton is sharing […]


Through a competitive application process, we award Incubation Grants and Action Grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 to further the impact of the public humanities in New Jersey. Our COVID-19 grantmaking in 2020 and 2021 also helped pandemic-affected organizations recover and reimagine their work at a critical moment.


NJCH recently announced $272,408 in grant funding to 22 organizations across the state for Spring 2023, with a focus on amplifying under-told stories.

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NJCH recently announced $402,514 in grant funding to 33 organizations across the state for Spring 2022, capping off a banner grant cycle which saw the largest-ever response to an NJCH call for applications.

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Grantee Spotlight

Lawnside Historical Society

Lawnside, NJ

The Lawnside Historical Society’s 2022 Underground Railroad Youth Day Camp was a first-of-its-kind experience for both the dozen-plus children who attended and the state of New Jersey, teaching the often untold history of the Underground Railroad.

Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice

Princeton, NJ

“Bayard Rustin was lost to history, and he was excised from the stories told because he was queer and wouldn’t disavow his identity. We want to make sure he gets the respect and recognition he deserved.”

Sponsors & Partners

Mellon Foundation
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Dodge Foundation
NJ Historical Commission
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Engaging with community members throughout New Jersey is key to our mission. Wherever you are in our circle, we value your partnership and support!