Community History Guidelines

NJCH staff works closely with Community History participants as they learn the ins and outs of public history while developing their own projects with their local communities. We encourage projects that explore untold and underrepresented stories from those communities.

The program consists of learning sessions attended by all participants (in-person and on Zoom), individual meetings with program staff, and community-based project work. Participating organizations will build a new history project with support from the cohort and $4,000 in funding from NJCH. At the end, all participants will share their projects in a public showcase.


The deadline for applications for the 2023 Community History cohort was January 13, 2023. Timeline, application, and updated guidelines for the 2024 cohort will be available in fall 2023.

The 2023 Community History program consists of two half-day, hybrid workshops in March and April, followed by monthly virtual learning sessions taking place via Zoom on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 pm. These workshops and learning sessions are required for all participants. Organizations will also have occasional one-on-one meetings with program staff.

  • January 13: Application deadline
  • January 20: Award notification
  • March 25: Workshop 1 (full cohort, hybrid)
  • April 21: Workshop 2 (full cohort, hybrid)
  • May 17: Learning session (full cohort, virtual)
  • May 31: Project plans and budgets due
  • June 14: Learning session (full cohort, virtual)
  • July 19: Learning session (full cohort, virtual)
  • August 16: Learning session (full cohort, virtual)
  • September 13: Learning session (full cohort, virtual)
  • Early October: Showcase prep session (full cohort, virtual or in person)
  • Late October: Showcase
  • December 15: Final reports due


Contact our staff

If you have any questions about your eligibility for this program or about program components, please don’t hesitate to contact Gigi Naglak, Director of Programs, at or 609-695-4409.

Header photo: "WKL's Newark Assign" by Warren K. Leffler
Library of Congress U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection