Contact the NJ Historical Commission
NJ Historical Commission
P.O. Box 305
Trenton, NJ 08625
Tel: (609) 292-6062
Fax: (609) 633-8168
Grant and Award Opportunities
The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency within the Department of State dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. All of its grant
funding is provided by legislative appropriation.
The NJHC offers General Operating Support Grants and Project Grants to support a variety of programs and activities related to New Jersey history. It also offers prizes and free archival evaluation
services through the Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service or CAPES. Guidelines for the grants and prizes program (along with reporting requirements for grant recipients) are
Grant Application Process
The NJHC requires that applicants submit a Declaration of Intent
online prior to submitting an application.
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. If you are having any difficulties registering for SAGE, please contact the
Commission immediately at 609-292-6062.
What's New for FY2017
Over the past year, the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) conducted a comprehensive evaluation of its grant program. This kind of regular assessment is one way that
the NJHC strives to makes its funding programs as current and effective as possible. The process included consulting a wide variety of grantees, applicants, potential applicants, and experts from various
disciplines and geographic regions to gather input on how its popular grant programs could be strengthened further. The following proposed guidelines for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year – encompassing the
NJHC’s General Operating Support, Project, and County History Partnership grants, respectively – represent the culmination of this comprehensive effort to reimagine these programs and, in doing so, better
serve New Jersey’s history community.
In order to better ensure that all applicants successfully complete the submission of their applications, the submission deadline for all grant applications has been
moved to 3:00 p.m. on the day of deadline. Applications that are not submitted by 3:00 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered for funding.
Grants Awarded by the New Jersey Historical Commission FY2006-FY2016:
General Operating Support Grants
PURPOSE: General assistance to historical organizations, museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, and similar organizations with collections or programming relating to the
history of New Jersey.
ELIGIBILITY: General Operating Support grants are available only to organizations. There are general standards of eligibility as well as specific requirements for programs.
Please consult the following FY2017 General Operating Support Guidelines for more information.
General Operating Support Grant
The NJHC is committed to providing this support so that these historical organizations can develop and improve their services. It makes every effort to support a wide and varied list of history
organizations providing New Jerseyans with excellent services, but the Commission’s funds are limited. Full funding is rarely possible.
Intent to Apply
March 1, 2016
April 1, 2016
Notification of Award
All Interim Reports and Final Reports will be filed electronically using the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE)
The link to create Interim Reports and Final Reports can be found in the 'Related Items' box of the Proposal Menu for your grant. If you are having any difficulties creating or submitting an Interim or
Final report, please contact the NJHC immediately at 609-292-6062.
PLEASE NOTE: 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.
WHAT’S NEW FOR FY 2017:
In order to better and more expeditiously serve future NJHC grantees, the Mini-grant program is now part of an expanded Project
In order to get all grant funds distributed to our constituents as early as possible within the fiscal year, the NJHC
will offer only one Project Grant deadline. The Declaration of Intent deadline for FY 2016 cycle is January 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. The application will be due by 3:00 p.m. on February 16, 2016.
Applications that are not submitted by 3:00 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered for funding.
Grants are available for both individuals and organizations. There are general standards of eligibility as well as specific requirements for programs. See
the posted guidelines for each grant or award for details regarding eligibility.
All applications for Project Grants will be filed using the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE)
must be complete and filed by 3:00 p.m. on the deadline dates listed below. The entire proposal must be submitted by the applicant; NJHC staff will not assemble proposals. No revisions of the grant
package are permitted after the submission deadline. All applications for Project Grants must be complete AND SUBMITTED by the posted deadline. Applications that have not been formally submitted
using the SAGE system will be cancelled.
All Project Grant recipients that applied for their grant using the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE)
must also submit their Final Report using the same
system. The link to create your Final Report can be found in the 'Related Items' box of the Proposal Menu for your grant. If you are having any difficulties creating or submitting a Final report, please
contact the NJHC immediately at 609-292-6062.
Funding for expenses of specific projects relating to New Jersey history. Eligible categories include conservation of historical materials
(manuscripts, books, costumes, historical visuals); editorial and publication projects; educational initiatives; exhibitions; media (films, radio, videotape, digital media); public programs; and
research (including archaeological projects, fellowships, oral history, and National and New Jersey registers of historic places nominations). Guidelines for FY 2017 Project Grants
are posted below.
Intent to Apply
January 15, 2016
February 16, 2016
Notification of Award
Richard J. Hughes Award:
Given every year, the Richard J. Hughes Award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of New Jersey history.
It is given to an individual in recognition of a series of contributions in the areas of scholarship, public history, conservation and preservation, and teaching.
Richard P. McCormick Prize
Given every other year (odd years) to the author of an outstanding scholarly book on New Jersey history published during the preceding two years. The award carries a
prize of $1,500. In keeping with established scholarly standards, nominated works must be published by a publisher employing a rigorous peer review process. All works must include footnotes and bibliography.
Alfred E. Driscoll Dissertation Prize:
Given every other year (even years) to the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation in NJ history. The award carries a prize of $1,500.
Mildred Barry Garvin Prize:
Given every year to an educational professional for outstanding teaching of black American history. The award carries a prize of $1,500.
Award of Recognition:
Given every year, the New Jersey Historical Commission Awards of Recognition are given to individuals or organizations that
have made significant contributions to New Jersey history in the following categories:
Please note that this is not an award for the publication of a single book, or development of a particular exhibition or project.
Awards of Recognition Nominations:
- For multiple contributions made over time
- For those who have had a positive impact on the ways in which audiences and/or communities are engaged in history
- For scholarship, public service, conservation and preservation efforts, special events, and teaching
- For helping to increase public awareness
- Must be submitted on a nomination form
- Must be submitted by a supporter; self-nomination is no longer accepted
- Must include a brief statement of why the award should be given (1-2 pages)
- Must include a brief vitae (3 pages maximum) noting major accomplishments
- Nomination Form
Alfred E. Driscoll
New Jersey Historical Commission Award Recipients
Every year the New Jersey Historical Commission honors individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to state history.
Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service (CAPES)
The New Jersey Historical Commission would like to take this opportunity to encourage your organization to consider CAPES (Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service), a
which provides free professional assessment of archival paper collections by consultants of the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.
If your New Jersey history organization has a collection of paper items such as manuscripts, books, photographs, and maps, you may take advantage of a FREE assessment from a professional archivist of how
your collection can best be conserved.
CAPES consultants are available to evaluate archival collections held by New Jersey archives, libraries, historical societies, and other agencies. The linked document below is a letter from CAPES coordinator
Frederic Pachman, and provides background information on the program, contact information, and other important details.
Consider applying for CAPES, a joint project of the New Jersey Historical Commission and the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. In these difficult economic times, CAPES can
provide an important service to your organization.