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Action Grant

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Agencies
to Develop or Expand Public Cultural Projects

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New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH)

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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 to New Jersey nonprofits and government entities to implement or expand meaningful humanities projects for New Jersey audiences. An LOI must be submitted prior to the full application and all applicants must have a site visit or phone consultation.

These grants can help you implement new projects developed through previous Incubation Grants or other planning processes. Or they can support the continuation or expansion of longstanding programs. Applicants are encouraged to set a bold vision for your programming and experiment with new topics and program designs.

The most competitive grant proposals support one or more of the Council’s primary goals:
- To build new audiences for the humanities.
- To bring people of different perspectives and backgrounds together.
- To innovate new program models.
- To create lively humanities opportunities around the state.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171250

Estimated Size of Grant:

Action Grants range in amount from $2,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin no earlier than July 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following criteria must be met to apply for a grant from NJCH:
- Applicant must be a registered nonprofit organization or government entity in New Jersey, with at least one year of verifiable public operation prior to application.
- Applicants may not have an open grant with NJCH during the proposed grant period. (One exception: organizations serving as a fiscal agent may also have a self-directed project funded.)
- Ad-hoc groups may apply only as a co-sponsoring organization; an eligible organization must serve as the principal applicant and take fiscal responsibility.
- All proposed projects must involve a humanities scholar at some phase of the project

NJCH does not fund:
- General operating support.
- Direct social action or political advocacy.
- Projects that provide academic credit, scholarships, fellowships, or regular course offerings.
- Scholarly programs directed to a limited audience.
- Arts projects that do not contain significant humanities component or perspective.
- Capital projects or the purchase of capital equipment greater than $4,000.
- Repayment of loans or debts.
- Fundraising activities.

Ineligible Costs for Action Grants
- Capital purchases or acquisitions of major equipment over $4,000 in value.
- Food, beverage, and entertainment costs.
- Costs incurred prior to or after the grant period.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A workshop will take place on December 4, 2018.

Planning for 2019: Applying for a NJCH Grant
December 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Highland Park Public Library
Highland Park, NJ

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Pre-Application Information:

Cost share is the portion of the project costs not covered by NJCH funds. The Council requires the applicant to provide at least a 100% match for the funds requested of NJCH. Cost share may be from the applicant organization and/or third party sources (individuals, foundations, corporations, etc.) other than the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Cost share may be from in-kind contributions (donated goods or services), monetary contributions, or from the applicant’s operating budget. Cost share may be applied to any project expense category.

2018-2019 Action Grant Opportunities
- Intent to Apply: February 1 - February 22, 2019
- Drafts accepted: Through March 15, 2019
- Application Deadline: April 4, 2019
- Award Notification: By June 28, 2019
- Projects Begin: No earlier than July 1, 2019

All invited applicants will be required to have a site visit or phone consultation prior to the application deadline. This is the funder's opportunity to learn more about your proposed project and to answer any questions you might have about the grant application or process.

Invited applicants may submit one draft for review up to two weeks before the application deadline. Feedback will be offered in advance of the deadline.

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Contact Information:

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

Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants & Programs
609-695-4838 x223

New Jersey Council for the Humanities
28 W State St #6
Trenton, NJ 08608

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey