The New Jersey Council for the Humanities offers grants to support the planning and development (Incubation) or implementation or continuation (Action) of public humanities projects. Grants are available in amounts between $3,000 and $15,000. Review our available grants, deadlines, webinars, and new streamlined guidlines.

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-supported Community Journalism Classes are Underway

In 2023, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities announced the Fueling Community Journalism Through NJ Community Colleges initiative, which introduced non-credit certificate programs in community journalism at four NJ […]

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Mourning the Loss of Teddy Murphy, Former NJCH Executive Director

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities mourns the loss of Miriam “Teddy” Murphy, who served nearly 20 years as the organization’s executive director during the first half of its […]

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NJCH Announces $231,768 in Grant Awards to 19 Organizations

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) has announced $231,768 in grant funding to 19 organizations across the state.

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Community History: New Year Celebrations

Three past Community History participants recently received NJCH grants to either continue the projects they started during the program, or to launch new community-engaged public history projects.

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! […]


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
Journalism + Design

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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!