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New Jersey Historical Commission
225 W.State Street
P.O. Box 305
Trenton, NJ 08625

Tel: (609) 292-6062
Fax: (609) 633-8168

Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us

Grant and Award Opportunities

The New Jersey Historical Commission 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 New Jersey Historical Commission offers General Operating Support Grants, Project grants and Minigrants 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 available below: 

Grant Application Process

The Historical Commission 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 FY 2014-FY 2015

The New Jersey Historical Commission has developed a new grant initiative for FY 2014. As part of the Commission‘s effort to mark New Jersey‘s 350th anniversary, grant applications will be accepted for funding the research, writing, and publication of new books on New Jersey history.

The Commission is seeking publication projects based on original research in historical studies related to New Jersey that address areas underexplored in the current scholarship, or synthesize existing knowledge in new and compelling ways.

Applicants for NJ350 Publication Initiative grants are encouraged to submit projects that are aimed at scholarly or popular audiences. Funding for this project will be spread out over three years, with money in the first year going for research, and then in the second or third years for production as authors complete their works. For more information about this new initiative, please see pages 19-20 of the Commission’s guidelines

The New Jersey Historical Commission is also encouraging applicants for Project grants and Minigrants to address plans for celebrating New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary in 2014 in their narrative. The New Jersey Historical Commission will be offering a number of special programs to celebrate this anniversary, based on the themes of innovation, diversity and liberty. For more information about the 350th Anniversary or to coordinate with the Commission in this effort, please contact the Commission at (609) 292-6062.

Grants Awarded by the New Jersey Historical Commission
FY 2006-FY 2014:

General Operating Support Grants

The New Jersey Historical Commission 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.

ELIGIBILITY: General Operating Support grants are available only to organizations. There are general standards of eligibility as well as specific requirements for programs. See pp. 11-14 in the General Operating Support guidelines for notes on eligibility.

General Operating Support Grant FY 2014-2015 GOS Guidelines

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.

The Commission 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.

Deadline
FY 2014
FY 2015
Intent to Apply
Filed electronically by
11:59 pm on March 1, 2013
A satisfactory Interim Report serves as the declaration
Submission Deadline
Filed electronically by
11:59 pm on April 5, 2013
N/A
Notification of Award
July 2013
July 2014

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 Commission immediately at 609-292-6062.

Project Grants, Minigrants & NJ350 Publication Initiative

ELIGIBILITY:  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.

DEADLINES:  All applications for Project grants and Minigrants will be filed using the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE), and must be complete and filed by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline dates listed below. The entire proposal must be submitted by the applicant; Commission staff will not assemble proposals. No revisions of the grant package are permitted after the submission deadline. All applications for Project grants and Minigrants must be complete AND SUBMITTED by the posted deadline. Applications that have not been formally submitted using the SAGE system will be cancelled.

Project Grants and Minigrant Guidelines FY 2014 Project Grants, Minigrants and NJ350 Publication Initiative Guidelines

All Project and Minigrant 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 Commission immediately at 609-292-6062.

Project Grants

Projects: 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 2014 Project Grants and Minigrants are posted above.

Deadline
FY 2014 - Round I
FY 2014 - Round II
Intent to Apply
Filing Deadline Has Passed
N/A
Submission Deadline
Filing Deadline Has Passed
N/A
Funding Level
$3,001 - $15,000
N/A
Notification of Award
January 2014
N/A

Minigrants

Support for smaller projects related to New Jersey history. Applicants may request support for planning (long-term, strategic, interpretive) but they may not use Minigrant funds for other types of operating support. 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 2014 Project Grants and Minigrants are posted above.

Deadline
FY 2014 - Round I
FY 2014 - Round II
Intent to Apply
Filing Deadline Has Passed
Cancelled
Submission Deadline
Filing Deadline Has Passed
Cancelled
Funding Level
Up to $3,000
N/A
Notification of Award
January 2014
N/A

Prizes

Richard J. Hughes Award: Given every year for outstanding, lifetime achievement in the field of New Jersey history.

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.
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Award of Recognition: Given every year to individuals and organizations that have helped to preserve New Jersey history and have increased public awareness of and appreciation for that history.

All nominations will be submitted by the deadlines specified below. The Hughes Award and the Awards of Recognition are evaluated by the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Grants and Prizes Committee. The Committee’s recommendations are voted on by the Commission’s full board. Nominations for the McCormick, Driscoll and Gavin Prizes are reviewed by an independent panel of evaluators; their recommendations are forwarded to the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Grants and Prizes Committee. The Committee’s recommendations are voted on by the Commission’s full board.

Nomination Form

2013 Richard J. Hughes, Richard P. McCormick, and Award of Recognition Recipients

Prize
Submission Deadline
Notification
Richard J. Hughes
September 3, 2013
November, 2013
Richard P. McCormick
Winter, 2015
Fall, 2015
Alfred E. Driscoll
April 15, 2014
Fall, 2014
Mildred Barry Garvin
November 1, 2013
January, 2014
Awards of Recognition
September 3, 2013
November, 2013

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 service 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.

CAPES Guidelines and Application

CAPES Letter