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 and across the state’s diverse communities.
- Open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit or government organizations
- Activities must be open and accessible to the general public
- Activities must primarily serve New Jersey audiences and/or organizations
- Application deadline: rolling
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 through our grantmaking and other programmatic initiatives.
NJCH will provide funding up to $3,000 for an organization's event, in return for marketing visibility and exposure. Requests for sponsorship support that exceed this limit will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Sponsorships can support a variety of formats, including events, conferences, scholarships, or awards. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Before applying, organizations must contact Valerie Popp, Director of Strategic Initiatives, via email or by phone (310-701-5203) 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)
- Support events/programs with a large number of attendees or viewership
- Support activities with low-cost or free attendance
- 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
- Demonstrate a clear sense of the activity’s marketing and visibility potential, including logo placement, digital promotion, program inclusion
- 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.
Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series
NJCH is proud to be a longtime sponsor of the annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, hosted by The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience at Rutgers-Newark. Co-founded in 1981 by Clement A. Price and the late Giles R. Wright, who served many years as the inaugural director of the Afro-American History Program at the New Jersey Historical Commission, the MTW Series is one of the nation’s most remarkable and enduring scholarly conference series. It convenes outstanding thinkers and doers in African and African American life and celebrates the historical literacy of the Newark community.
ArtPride Thrive Arts Conference
NJCH has been a sponsor of ArtPride’s Thrive Arts Conference, an event that typically attracts hundreds of arts leaders from around the region. The conference explores the cultural sector’s role as an important engine for economic, community, and social progress across the state. Learn more at https://artpridenj.org/Thrive.
Sankofa Collaborative, Commemoration of Tulsa Massacre
In 2021, NJCH supported the Sankofa Collaborative’s virtual centennial commemoration of the Tulsa Massacre, in which a White mob killed hundreds of residents and destroyed over 1,000 homes in the Black enclave of Greenwood. The panel explored how the legacies of economic segregation and violent racism continue to negatively affect not just African Americans but everyone in US society.
The Sankofa Collaborative is a network of five New Jersey organizations – 1804 Consultants, Grounds For Sculpture, The New Jersey Historical Society, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, and the William Trent House Museum – that helps individuals in schools, museums and libraries present, interpret, and discuss African American history.
Watch the centennial event above.