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Incubation Grant

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Libraries, Museums,
and Agencies for the Development of Humanities Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH)

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Deadline Date:

06/28/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to New Jersey nonprofits, libraries and museums, and government entities to develop quality humanities projects. A letter of intent is due on June 1, 2018. Funding is intended to cover the costs of planning, research, experimentation, and developing prototypes for new humanities programs and topics.

An Incubation Grant encourages you to set out a bold vision and see where it takes you. It might help you forge a new partnership or deepen an existing one, research a new topic or widen perspective on a current topic, talk to community stakeholders, or learn more about your audience. You might experiment with a new approach to a project or pilot a program.

Since these grants support projects in development, it is understood that preliminary ideas might change and evolve. You should explain the need you wish to address, your goals in starting this process, and how you plan to collect information. The most competitive proposals will articulate a vision, detail a plan, and commit to serving the needs of your identified audience(s).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181423

Estimated Size of Grant:

Incubation grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may start no earlier than September 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are welcomed from libraries, museums, educational institutions, social service organizations, historical societies, cultural organizations, and other community organizations.

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 (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.

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

- Capital purchases or acquisitions of major equipment over $4,000.
- Food and beverages.
- Costs incurred prior to or after the grant period.

Also known as “administrative costs,” “overhead,” and “general operating expenses,” indirect costs are incurred by organization through the execution of its day-to-day activities but which cannot be attached to a specific activity. They are the expenses that keep the lights on, give everyone a space to work and the equipment they need, pay for insurance, and manage financial transactions. Indirect cost equations will vary depending on the organization; NJCH staff can help you determine an appropriate amount for your project.

Colleges and universities are not eligible to include indirect costs in their proposed budgets.

Pre-proposal Conference:

NJCH is hosting a two hour workshop on Tuesday, February 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Monroe Township Public Library.

During the first hour, Director of Grants & Programs Gigi Naglak will provide an overview of the Incubation and Action Grant Program as well as the application process. Answers to questions like What qualifies as humanities content?, How do I find the right humanities scholar?, and Why is audience so important in my application? will be explored.

In the second hour, participants will discuss their potential projects in small groups and receive and provide feedback about planning for public humanities programming. This type of informal collaboration will be useful, as fresh perspective in a supported setting can help to clarify project purpose, audience, and process. Discussion will align with the NJCH grant applications so that everyone participating in the workshop will be one step closer to being ready to apply.

See Contact Information below for a link to register.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants are given two times per year.

As you begin thinking about your grant proposal, please don’t hesitate to reach out to NJCH staff. Staff can connect you with resources, help you think through your project, and assist you in preparing a competitive proposal.

Grantmaking Process:

- Complete the registration. This will unlock the Intent to Apply form. The primary contact will also be sent an email which contains the unique URL for your application. Please save this email.

- Submit a draft (optional). Invited applicants may submit one draft for review up to two weeks before the application deadline. NJCH will offer feedback in advance of the deadline. The online system can only accept completed applications; if you wish to submit a partial draft, please contact NJCH staff.

- Submit your Intent to Apply. NJCH staff will review your registration and schedule a conversation about your project.

- Have a site visit or consultation with an NJCH program officer. This is NJCH's opportunity to learn about your proposed project and talk about how NJCH funds might be able to support your work.

- Submit your application. Final applications must be submitted through the online system by 11:59 p.m. on June 28, 2018. Materials submitted late will not be considered. Once your final application is submitted, you will not be able to make any changes.

Please note: all applications require both an intent to apply registration and conversation or site visit with an NJCH staff member before submission.

Key Dates:

Incubation 1
Intent to Apply Period: Sept. 1 - Oct. 12, 2017
Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2017
Award notification: By Dec. 29, 2017
Projects begin no earlier than: Jan. 1, 2018

Incubation 2
Intent to Apply Period: May 7 - June 1, 2018
Drafts accepted: Through June 15, 2018
Application deadline: June 28, 2018
Award notification: By Aug. 31, 2018
Projects begin no earlier than: Sep. 1, 2018

Cost Share Requirements:

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. 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.

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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.

Register for the workshop:

Click here to apply online:

Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs
Phone: 609-695-4838 x223

NJCH staff:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey