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

NJCH sponsorships are designed to fund activities that advance NJCH’s mission and strategic goals, with the aim of providing greater visibility and access to audiences that are not currently served by NJCH's grantmaking or other programs.

NJCH will provide funding up to $3,000 for an organization's event, in return for marketing visibility and exposure.

Please note that current NJCH grantees or program participants are not eligible to apply until their previous awards are closed.

NJCH Sponsorships

At a Glance

  • Open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit or government organizations
  • Up to $3,000 for your organization's event or program
  • Activities must be open to the general public and have free or low-cost admission
  • Activities must primarily serve New Jersey audiences and/or organizations
  • Organizations participating in Sponsorships are not eligible to apply for other awards from NJCH (including Grants, Community History, Informed NJ, or a Humanities Lab) until the final report has been approved and the award has been closed.
  • Application deadline: rolling

NJCH will provide funding up to $3,000 for an organization's event, in return for marketing visibility and exposure. Sponsorships can support a variety of formats, including events, conferences, scholarships, or awards.

Sankofa Collaborative
Multi-year Sponsorship

“The Unfinished Revolution and the African American Experience from Slavery to Today"

A four-year series of workshops on the complex and difficult issues in the history and current experiences of African American citizens of New Jersey.

In June 2023 the Sankofa Collaborative kicked off this four-year series of workshops. Each year’s workshops will focus on an era of African Americans' struggle for freedom and the inalienable rights promised in the Declaration of Independence at the founding of our nation.

Next in Series

Multi-year Sponsorship

Open Book / Open Mind

A flagship series of literary events organized by Montclair Public Library whereby top authors discuss their new books and current events in front of a live audience.

Founded in 2015, the conversations held at these events spark public awareness of controversial topics relevant to today’s social, economic, and political climate. All are welcome to attend any one of the upcoming events which can be found here. Books are available to purchase at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, and to borrow from Montclair Public Library.

Open Book, Open Mind event with Colson Whitehead
Camden FireWorks

RE-presentation through Community Narratives

A community-centered storytelling project documenting the challenges and opportunities of living a long, healthful life amidst social injustice.

Under the tutelage of applied anthropologist and FireWorks Executive Director Asiyah Kurtz, one apprentice will spend eight weeks interviewing, facilitating discussions, and documenting the personal narratives of community members to be used in a storytelling presentation of the apprentice's choosing. NJCH is honored to sponsor this apprentice’s work in our home city of Camden.

Past Sponsorships


NASW Aviation Museum Women in History Weekend


Spiral Q: The Procession


Turkish Cultural Center Eid Celebration


“For the Love of Art” Juneteenth Celebration


“Slavery, It Happened Here, Too – Stories from New Jersey”


Philosophy Walk and Talk Series


Restoring Hope and Health Through Poetry


International Diversity Fair

Stories Invincible Closing Ceremony

a statue of a man

Price of Liberty Film Series: Free Renty Screening and Discussion

Price of Liberty Film Series: Reparations Screening and Discussion

Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage Literary Series

"The Ground Upon Which We Stand"

Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series at Rutgers University-Newark

Art Pride New Jersey Thrive Arts Conference

Woodbury Hispanic Heritage Festival

Sankofa Collaborative, Commemoration of Tulsa Massacre

Sponsorship Information

NJCH will provide funding up to $3,000 for an organization's event, in return for marketing visibility and exposure. Sponsorships can support a variety of formats, including events, conferences, scholarships, or awards.

How to apply

Organizations that are interested in applying for an NJCH sponsorship should review the sponsorship guidelines below. If your organization meets the eligibility requirements and you believe your work is a fit for our program, please contact NJCH staff via email at sponsorships@njhumanities.org or by phone at (609) 695-4838 to discuss your sponsorship idea. Applications submitted without prior communication with NJCH staff will not be considered.

NJCH gives priority to Sponsorship requests that:

  • Support areas that are underserved in the NJ humanities ecosystem (i.e., geographic, demographic, institutional type, humanities disciplines). NJCH especially welcomes applications from organizations in Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Sussex, and Warren counties.
  • Support events/programs with a large number of attendees or viewers
  • Provide equitable access to the humanities or educational/professional development opportunities for humanities-serving institutions
  • Support activities that meet NJCH’s strategic priorities, but whose structure is not suited to NJCH’s current grantmaking programs or initiatives
  • Support organizations not recently funded by NJCH grants
  • Support rapid response programs that address recent events that have had a strong impact on New Jerseyans and that would benefit from a humanities perspective. In those cases, standard expectations about timing may be waived on a case-by-case basis.

Support for You and Visibility for Us!

Think of sponsorships like an exchange! NJCH provides funding for your organization’s activity; your organization provides NJCH with brand exposure. NJCH encourages potential applicants to review the list of activities that have been recently sponsored by NJCH. The strongest sponsorship applications will include:

  • A summary of the proposed sponsored activity, including information about the activity’s history (if applicable)
  • A connection to NJCH’s strategic priorities
  • A thoughtful and persuasive account of how the organization’s publicity, marketing, and outreach for the sponsored activity will promote NJCH’s visibility, including ideas for logo placement, digital promotion, program inclusion, etc.