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Grants to New Jersey Individuals and
Groups for Preservation Activities

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

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04/06/20 3:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to New Jersey individuals and organizations for projects and initiatives related to preserving the state's history. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to support a wide variety of historical preservation projects, including conservation of historical materials (manuscripts, books, costumes, historical visuals); editorial and publication projects; educational initiatives; partnership projects; exhibitions; media (films, radio, videotape, digital media); public programs; capacity building; and research (including archaeological projects, fellowships, 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:

  1. Broadening, deepening, and diversifying the audiences for New Jersey history
  2. Strengthening existing New Jersey history organizations or programs
  3. Initiating new programming on New Jersey history
  4. Increasing accessibility of historical resources to diverse communities
  5. Increasing the body and quality of information on New Jersey history available to the public
  6. Preserving materials for the study of New Jersey history

Eligible project types:

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

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. Applications that address the following themes, in priority order by calendar year, are encouraged:

  • Native Americans of New Jersey, Past and Present (2021)
  • New Jersey and Histories of Immigration/Migration (2022)
  • New Jersey and the United States Semiquincentennial (2026–2033)

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154142

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000.

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 in July 2020 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available for both individuals and organizations.

Organizations with budgets under $100,000 may partner together to meet the budget and audience threshold on eligible New Jersey history projects.

Organizations may only apply for Project Grant support from either the NJHC or their designated county re-grant agency (CHPP) in any calendar year. Organizations with budgets under $100,000 may still apply for Project Grant support from the NJHC and GOS support from their county re-grant agency in the same calendar year. No organization may receive Project Grant funding for the same project for more than three (3) consecutive fiscal years.

If an organization has more than one division and a budget in excess of $500,000, each division is treated as a separate organization and may apply separately. No organization may submit more than three (3) unique applications for divisions/agencies under its purview in a single fiscal year.

In order to apply directly to the NJHC for FY 2021 project funding, history organizations must meet the eligibility criteria here:

Applicants ineligible for NJHC project grant funding include:
1. Units of state or federal government.
2. Past NJHC grant recipients who have failed to fulfill the reporting requirements as stated in their executed grant contract.
3. Applicants receiving FY 2021 grant funds directly from the NJHC are not eligible for County History Partnership Program (CHPP) Project Grant support in FY 2021.

For information about ineligible projects, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The Declaration of Intent deadline for FY 2021 cycle is March 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. The application will be due by 3:00 p.m. on April 6, 2020. Applications that are not submitted by 3:00 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered for funding.

Applications and Declarations of Intent will be filed electronically using the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE). All new applicants are strongly encouraged to register for SAGE at least one week in advance of upcoming grant deadlines.

Applicants will be notified in July 2020.

Organizations with annual operating budgets of at least $500,000 (and all divisions of such organizations) are expected to show a match equal to 50% of the grant request. The match need not all be in cash; it may include donated services such as the value of volunteer time, donated equipment or supplies, or donated storage or office space. Organizations with budgets under $500,000 do not have a match requirement.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs online:

Shawn Crisafulli, Chief Grants Officer:
(609) 826-3945

Main office number: 609-292-6062

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