In Round 1 of our 2022-2023 grant cycle, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities received 42 grant proposals, comprising a total of $544,476 in requested funds. These requests comprised:
- 22 Incubation Grants – $285,199
- 20 Action Grants – $259,277
This response indicates that while the most critical need for funding related to the Covid-19 pandemic has receded, there remains a robust and growing market for humanities-related programming in New Jersey.
Notably, this round represents the first time that NJCH has received more proposals for Incubation Grants than for Action Grants. Typically, the number of requests for Action Grants is about double those for Incubation Grants.
Incubation Grants support the planning and development of public humanities projects, while Action Grants support the implementation of developed public humanities projects.
NJ Humanities has taken pride in the strength of our Incubation grantmaking, which is less often a focus than implementation-focused grants for many grantmakers.
"There is real value in providing organizations the time and resources for program planning and development so they can think more deeply about questions of how programs are delivered and how they engage with their audiences (among others)," said NJCH Program Officer James Kirkland. "In some cases we have helped to nurture into existence projects that might not otherwise have happened. They are an excellent resource for building organizational capacity."
Round 1 award notifications will be made by December 31, 2022. Round 2 of the 2022-23 grant cycle will be administered in spring 2023. For deadlines and other useful information, visit our Grants Overview page.