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Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Agencies to Promote the Preservation of State History

General Operating Support Grants


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Funding Source
New Jersey Department of State, New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/27/23
Deadline: 04/27/23 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for capacity-building efforts and operational assistance. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to assist organizations, including museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, and similar organizations, with collections or programming related to the history of the state. Grants may be used to allow these historical organizations to develop and improve their services.

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

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

For a list of eligible expenses, see:

For information about funding priorities, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
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 may still be eligible; however, 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.

In order to apply directly to the NJHC for r FY 2024-2026 GOS funding, 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 the applicant’s most recently completed fiscal year. The NJHC realizes that unique organizations exist that offer statewide history programming and services but have annual budgets under $100,000. Organizations that feel they meet these criteria should contact the NJHC to determine eligibility.
2. Demonstrate that your organization has a significant impact on audiences beyond a 25-mile radius of your headquarters. This can include both virtual and/or in-person impacts.
3. Be in good standing with the NJHC, i.e. having no overdue or unfulfilled contractual obligations from prior fiscal years.
4. Applicants must adhere to the principles of one or more of the following professional standards programs:
a. The American Association for State and Local History Standards in Excellence Program (
b. The American Alliance for Museums National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums (
c. Society of American Archivists (
5. Be a nonprofit corporation or government (municipal or county) agency, commission, or other organization.
6. Be based in New Jersey.
7. Be governed by a board responsible for the programs and policies of the organization.
8. Have a clearly stated mission of service to the promotion, preservation, research, interpretation, or public presentation of New Jersey history.
9. Have a two-year track record of providing programs and services to the public that fulfill that mission.

Organizations ineligible for NJHC GOS grant funding include:
1. Units of state or federal government
2. Public school districts
3. Organizations that currently receive direct general operating support from another state agency for New Jersey history programs or activities
4. Organizations with previous GOS grants that have not submitted the required interim and final reports
5. Organizations that have not submitted the required final reports on previously funded project grants for which the grant period has been completed.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information
- Intent to Apply Due: March 27, 2023
- Submission Deadline: April 27, 2023
- Notification of Award: July 2023

The General Operating Support program operates on a three-year funding cycle. The next round of General Operating Support Grants will be announced in FY2027.

The matching requirement applies to all organizations receiving GOS support, and it must be in cash. For every dollar ($1) awarded, the grantee must match it with three dollars ($3). For example, a GOS grant for $50,000 would require an organizational match of $150,000. Neither capital expenditures nor funds from any state of New Jersey source may be used to match NJHC GOS support.

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants can request up to 33% of the average of the organization’s total non-state operating income from the last completed fiscal year and the current projected year. The minimum request for GOS support is $5,000.

Term of Contract
The GOS program operates on a three-year funding cycle.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the GOS guidelines, call the NJHC staff at (609) 292-6062.

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

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