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 and Action Grants, from $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.
The Center for Aquatic Sciences Inc., to record, produce, distribute, and preserve oral histories about the Delaware River and its tributaries, as told by the residents of Camden
The Petey Greene Program, to develop a college-bridge program for incarcerated students in New Jersey, focusing on academic writing and critical thinking.
Ramapo College of New Jersey/Jane Addams Papers Project, to develop curriculum modules to introduce students to primary source research on the history of the Progressive Era.
Roebling Main Gate Museum, to explore the history and interpretation possibilities for a newly acquired building, helping to connect community members to the organization’s history.
Vietnamese Boat People, to digitally crowdsource a collaborative community journey map to explore Vietnamese diaspora stories and journeys.
Bayshore Center at Bivalve to produce a documentary video on the demographic shift of oyster shuckers in the Delaware Bay oyster industry.
Jazz House Kids, to facilitate free, multimedia videoconference presentations about the nation’s rich African-American musical tradition, focusing on how that history reflects social and moral values.
Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County Inc., to launch a series of discussion-based webinars presented by LVSC students who hail from more than 40 different countries around the world, including the USA.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, to implement an accessible, interpretive audio guide using technology designed to enhance the patron experience.
Newark Public Library, in collaboration with the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-Newark, Aspira New Jersey, and Ironbound Community Corporation, to capture oral histories, artistic expressions, and poetry related to the COVID-19 experiences of Newark youth.
People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, to provide 8-week literature reading and discussion programs for disadvantaged NJ residents and a 2-day facilitator training workshop for 12 humanities scholars.
Piscataway Public Library, to host a series of public programs inviting participants to consider the concept of community to examine local history, diverse cultures, and shared beliefs and values.
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, to support education, community, and public programs for A New View – Camden, an outdoor exhibition of six public art sites in Camden that addresses civic and equity issues related to illegal dumping.
Trenton Health Team, to document the relationship between historical redlining in Trenton and inequitable health outcomes today, including the disparate impacts of COVID-19.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, to implement "Reflections and Expressions: Communities and Cultures of Central and South America", a project that will address the history and cultural heritage of Central and South American communities in South Jersey.
Alice Paul Institute, to convene scholars, community, and prison representatives to develop a humanities program for prison inmates
Bloomfield Public Library, to foster opportunities for civic engagement among patrons
Into French Translation, in conjunction with University of Orange, to create written and oral Haitian Creole translations of archival materials
Merchants & Drovers Tavern Museum, to research and plan for “The Girl Scout House,” a new permanent exhibition
Monmouth County Historical Association, to conduct research and benchmarking as part of the reinterpretation of museums
Rutgers University-Newark, Clement A. Price Institute, to plan for the Homelands Cultural, Archives, and Intepretive Center
Southern Jersey Family Medical Center, to pilot the “Beyond the Statistics” program
Hoboken Historical Museum, to launch a lecture and performance series to honor the lives of women impacted NJ
Isles, Inc., to develop “Reflecting Trenton,” a photo-history project that displays Trenton’s varied transformations and growth
Lake Hopatcong Foundation, to design an exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic flood in northwest NJ
Montclair State University, Sprague Library, to explore NJ's role in providing talent & resources for the creation of the atomic bomb
Rutgers University-Camden, Writers House, to continue work with Warrior Writers to engage veterans
Seton Hall University, Department of English, to continue work on “The Digital Citizenry Project”
Stockton University, Alliance Heritage Center, to produce a documentary about Alliance Colony, an 1882 settlement founded in SJ
TRUE Mentors, to engage mentors and mentees in the “Humanities Impact Project”
Ukrainian History & Education Center, to create an exhibition and programming about events in Ukrainian Orthodox religious history
Visual Arts Center of NJ, to further the public’s understanding of Native American art, culture, history and beliefs through an exhibition
African American Cultural Collaborative, to host public gatherings to prepare for African diaspora programming
City of Paterson, to rebuild Paterson's Grassroots Arts Commission
James R. Halsey Foundation of the Arts, to pilot a 6 week collaboration between at-risk students and humanities professors
Merchants & Drovers Tavern Museum, to conduct a survey of objects in their collection and convene focus groups
Montclair History Center, to continue the work of the Many Voices Oral History project
Montclair State Univerisity Library, Sprague Library, to expand the relationship between MSU and the local school district
Morris Arts, to develop a social media component for local Latinx populations
Nimbus Dance Works, to create an event series that pairs humanities scholarship and arts events
Seton Hall University, Department of English, to expand the "Civic Engagement in the Digital Age" program
6th Regiment US Colored Troops, to conduct planning and design for the Locust Hill African Cemetery and Interpretive Center
Bayshore Center at Bivalve, to create an action plan for a video and book about the demographic shift of oyster shuckers
Free Public Library of Audubon, to develop a Teen Advisory Board to determine how to better engage that student population
Historical Society of Hamilton Township, to develop an annotated bibliography of best practices for working with diverse audiences
Ironbound Community Corporation, to develop a plan for the creation of a digital and physical archive for the city of Newark
Piscataway Public Library, to conceptualize and develop their local history collection
Seabrook Education and Cultural Center, to rewrite the Seabrook Farms narrative
Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum, to enhance and expand the curriculum of their “Floating Classroom” tour
The Unitarian Society, to continue work on the Lost Souls Public Memorial Project
Vietnamese Boat People, to develop materials that will help members of the Vietnamese disapora
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, to plan humanities programs to expand the public's understanding of Native American communities
William Trent House Association, to reach and engage teenagers and young adults with historical content through digital media
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, to support testing and refinement of a middle and high school field trip curriculum
Cherry Hill Public Library, to organize a community-wide book discussion and program series
City Of Jersey City, to host a series of discussions about the evolution of feminism
coLAB Arts, Inc., to create an exhibition exploring restorative justice and juvenile sentencing
County College of Morris, to broaden the scope of The Legacy Project, a CCM interdisciplinary initiative
Isles, Inc., to foster historic and cultural tourism in two sections of Trenton by developing tours
Lake Hopatcong Foundation, to develop and offer programs featuring humanities scholars on local history topics
Mighty Writers Camden, to bring GirlPower!, one of Mighty Writers most popular programs, to Camden
Morven Museum and Garden, to create an exhibition, Dreaming of Utopia in Roosevelt, New Jersey, that explores cultural history
Newark Performing Arts Corporation, to pursue research and interpretation of the African-American experience at Symphony Hall
People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, to support their Enriching Lives Through Literature project
Perkins Center for the Arts, to create "Upon Our Authority: 100 Years of Women’s Empowerment in New Jersey through Oral Expression and Folk Tradition"
Rowan University, to create a digital exhibition to explore and capture human connections to water in NJ
Rutgers University Camden, Writers House, to host six generative writing workshops for veterans
Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture, to explore the histories of the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site
Thomas Edison State University, to host dinners and cultural simulations to encourage participants think deeply about race relations
Woodbury Community Pride, to engage with local audiences and facilitate informative community conversations
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
coLAB Arts, to conduct interviews and create a theater for the project "Banished: Children on the Sex Offender Registry"
Gloucester County Historical Society, to expand prior Woodbury-based Juneteenth events
Mile Square Theatre, to support preliminary content research on a documentary about gentrification in Hoboken
Rider University, to engage HomeFront NJ clients in writing workshop experiences
Rutgers University-Camden, MARCH, to explore the history of Cooper Street through community involvement
Social Justice Matters, to develop "Dialogue Circles on Race," a series of faciliated community discussions
Unitarian Society, to gather community feedback on the "Lost Souls Public Memorial Project"
Woodbury Community Pride, to engage local audiences in Woodbury Community Pride's first LGBTQ Film Festival
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
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
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
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
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"