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Grants to New Jersey Individuals and Groups for Preservation Activities

Project Grant

New Jersey Department of State, New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #154142

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $20,000 to New Jersey individuals and organizations to advance the preservation, exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the state's history. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for a wide variety of historic preservation projects, including conservation of historical materials; editorial and publication projects; educational initiatives; partnership projects; exhibitions; media; public programs; and research (including archaeological projects, oral history, and National and New Jersey registers of historic places nominations).

The goal of the grant program is to engage diverse audiences in the active exploration, enjoyment, interpretation, understanding, and preservation of New Jersey history. Grants are awarded to projects that achieve this objective. Successful proposals may do so through one or more of the following:

  • Broadening, deepening, and diversifying the audiences for New Jersey history
  • Strengthening existing New Jersey history organizations or programs
  • Initiating new programming on New Jersey history
  • Increasing accessibility of historical resources to diverse communities
  • Increasing the body and quality of information on New Jersey history available to the public
  • Preserving materials for the study of New Jersey history
  • Promoting elements of New Jersey’s history that have often been underrepresented in the past.

Project grants must deliver high-quality, engaging New Jersey history to a diverse audience. The applicant must demonstrate that it practices professional standards specific to its discipline.

Eligible project types:

  • Partnership Projects
  • Conservation of Historical Materials 
  • Digitization Projects 
  • Educational Initiatives 
  • Exhibitions 
  • Public Programs 
  • Research 
  • Publications 
  • Digital Media 
  • Film, Videotape, Radio 
  • Smith Fellowships 

For more information on project types, see https://nj.gov/state/historical/assets/pdf/grants/fy23-project-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=16.

The NJHC is committed to advancing inclusive history in all its grant programs and initiatives. In doing so, it especially encourages project proposals that seek to explore perspectives and priorities of underrepresented communities. For more information on special concerns, see https://nj.gov/state/historical/assets/pdf/grants/fy23-project-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=7.

For eligible expenses, see https://nj.gov/state/historical/assets/pdf/grants/fy23-project-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=9.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Project grants are available to both individuals and organizations.

Eligible applicants include a wide variety of organizations, both public and private. If the mission of an organization does not exclusively focus on New Jersey history, it is essential that those applicants demonstrate the existence of and a commitment to both a historical mission and a viable program of public service to New Jersey history.

To apply directly to the NJHC for FY 2023 project funding, history organizations must meet the following criteria:
1. Have an annual operating budget of at least $100,000 in non-state history funds. This budget figure should be based on income received for the applicant’s most recently completed fiscal year.
2. Document that at least twenty-five percent (25%) of its audience (both virtual and actual) comes from beyond a 20-mile radius from its headquarters location.
3. Organizations with budgets under $100,000 may partner together to meet the budget and audience threshold on eligible New Jersey history projects.
4. Be in good standing with the NJHC, i.e., no overdue or unfulfilled contractual obligations from prior fiscal years.
5. All applicants must demonstrate adherence to professional standards specific to their discipline.
6. The NJHC will entertain proposals for continued funding for projects previously supported through this grant program. However, applicants must clearly demonstrate the public benefit of work already completed and identify how continued support will significantly extend the positive impact of previously funded work.
7. No organization may receive Project Grant funding for the same project for more than three (3) consecutive fiscal years.” (Co-Sponsored Projects excluded)
8. Organizations may only apply for Project Grant support from either NJHC or their designated county re-grant agency (CHPP) in any calendar year.

For ineligible applicants, see https://nj.gov/state/historical/assets/pdf/grants/fy23-project-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=7.

For ineligible projects, see https://nj.gov/state/historical/assets/pdf/grants/fy23-project-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=9.

For ineligible expenses, see https://nj.gov/state/historical/assets/pdf/grants/fy23-project-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=11.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The New Jersey Historical Commission is holding two free virtual Project Grant workshops on Thursday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Monday, February 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Workshops provide participants with an overview of the guidelines and application process as well as an opportunity to ask any questions. Pre-registration is required.

FY 2023 Project Grant Workshop I - Register in advance for this webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pce-hrz4oGNZRn8cjoP_kjdWBuuH5-txb.

FY 2023 Project Grant Workshop II - Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pcOCvqjotGN26_pJCwJj-W2oqL1UDOD7n.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Intent to Apply: February 24, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
- Submission Deadline: March 23, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
- Notification of Award: July 2022

Applicants are only allowed to submit one application per Project grant round. Individuals and organizations are restricted to one open Project grant at a time.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request up to $20,000 in support of their project.

Term of Contract:

Please note that the grant period is selected by the applicant. The grant period may not begin before grant awards are announced and must begin before the end of the fiscal year in which the grant is awarded. The fiscal year begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th.

Contact Information:

Submit LOIs online: https://njsage.intelligrants.com/

For any questions or concerns regarding the guidelines, please call the NJHC staff at (609) 292-6062.

Any inquiries and/or additional details on the above general categories for Project Grant proposals may be directed to the NJHC’s Chief Grants Officer:
Shawn Crisafulli
(609) 826-3945
Shawn.Crisafulli@sos.nj.gov

NJ Historical Commission
P.O. Box 305
Trenton, NJ 08625

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