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General Operating Support Grants

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Agencies
that Preserve and Promote New Jersey History

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New Jersey Department of State, New Jersey Historical Commission

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04/15/19 3:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to New Jersey nonprofits and county and municipal agencies to support organizations that are involved in preserving, researching, and interpreting State history. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submission of a full application. Eligible applicants include historical organizations, museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, and similar organizations with collections or programming relating to the history of New Jersey. Funding is intended 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. Broadening, deepening, and diversifying the audience 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

For a list of eligible expenses, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 168073

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 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. Successful applicants will receive a grant for FY 2020, and a commitment to fund for FY 2021 and FY 2022 pending the availability of funding.

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 FY 2020 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 this criteria should contact the NJHC to determine eligibility.
2. Document that twenty-five percent (25%) of its audience (both virtual and actual) comes from beyond a 20-mile radius from its headquarters location.
3. Be in good standing with the NJHC, i.e. having no overdue or unfulfilled contractual obligations from prior fiscal years.
4. All applicants should demonstrate a commitment to applying the highest professional standards for preserving and interpreting New Jersey history. For more detailed information about meeting best practices standards for the history field, organizations are encouraged to consult the following:
- The American Association for State and Local History Standards in Excellence Program (
- The American Alliance for Museums National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums
- 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-proposal Conference:

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is pleased to announce two (2) GOS grant workshops for potential applicants in February. The workshops will serve several important purposes for those considering applying, including an overview of the General Operating Support (GOS) guidelines, answering all questions (e.g. eligibility thresholds, funding criteria etc.), and providing a demonstration on how to register and apply through the NJHC’s online grants database.

The dates of the FY 2020 General Operating Support (GOS) workshops are as follows:
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
10 a.m. – Noon
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083

Thursday, February 28, 2019
10 a.m. – Noon
Kramer Hall (Stockton University - Hammonton)
30 Front St.
Hammonton, NJ 08037

NOTE: The FY 2020-2022 GOS Grant Workshops are free to attend but registration is required. Space will be limited!

To register, please email with all of the following information:
- The workshop you will be attending
- The organization you represent (or if you’re coming as an individual applicant)
- The number of people who will be attending

Additional questions can be directed to Shawn Crisafulli, NJHC Grants Officer.

Pre-Application Information:

The declaration of intent to apply is due March 15, 2019 and the application is due April 15, 2019. Notification of award is in July. All applicants will be notified of grant decisions. Successful applicants will receive notification of the grant award for FY 2020 and a provisional commitment to fund for FY 2021 and FY 2022.

The General Operating Support program operates on a three-year funding cycle. The next round of General Operating Support Grants will be announced in FY2020.

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.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Shawn Crisafulli, NJHC Grants Officer,
(609) 826-3945

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USA: New Jersey