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 available below:
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 FY2018
The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) upgraded to a new version of the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE) in February 2017. Current and prospective NJHC grantees are highly encouraged to do the following:
View the SAGE Grantee Webinar
After logging into SAGE, the webinar is located on the bottom, left-hand side under “System Information”/ “Training Videos.”
Download Updated SAGE User Manual
To ensure that all applicants successfully complete the submission of their application, the submission deadline is 3 p.m. on the day of the deadline. Applications that are not submitted by 3 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered for funding.
SAGE Guides for NJHC Applicants
Grants Awarded by the New Jersey Historical Commission FY2006-FY2017
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.
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.
General Operating Support Grant FY2017-2019 Cycle Guidelines
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 2018 cycle is March 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. The application will be due by 3:00 p.m. on April 21, 2017. 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)
, and 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; capacity building, and research (including archaeological projects, fellowships, oral history, and National and New Jersey registers of historic places nominations). Guidelines for FY 2018 Project Grants are posted below.
Intent to Apply
March 21, 2017
April 21, 2017
Notification of Award
Project Grant FY 2018 Cycle
General Categories for Project Grant Proposals
SAGE Guides for FY 2018 Project Grant Cycle
County History Partnership Program (CHPP)
The County History Partnership Program (CHPP) was created in 2015 to extend local re-granting programs to all of the state’s 21 counties. The program enables the NJHC to support both existing and emerging local history organizations and practitioners serving diverse audiences. Through the partnership with county re-granting agencies, NJHC support can more effectively reach history organizations and projects in communities throughout the state.
FY17 County History Partnership Program (CHPP) Guidelines
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:
The Alfred E. Driscoll Prize is an award of $1,500 to the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation in New Jersey history. Nominations are being accepted for dissertations completed within the last two years (2015 or 2016). The award encourages and rewards outstanding scholarly research and publications in New Jersey history. Individuals may be nominated by others, or they may self-nominate. The deadline to submit nomination is April 18, 2016
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 thathave 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
Richard J. Hughes
August 1, 2017
Richard P. McCormick
April 10, 2017
Alfred E. Driscoll
Available again in 2018
Awards of Recognition
August 1, 2017
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.
CAPES Guidelines and Application
Artifact Assessment Program (AAP)
Artifact Assessment Program - a service of the New Jersey Association of Museums.
There are no deadlines for application, apply anytime. AAP evaluations are performed at no cost to the organization. To be eligible to receive this service organizations must:
- be nonprofit organizations located in New Jersey
- have collections related to New Jersey
- make their collections available to the public
- hold artifact collections in the public trust
- do not receive primary funding from a governmental entity
Types of Services Offered
Initial Collection surveys on-site:
Follow-up programs include but are not limited to:
- Survey and evaluate environmental conditions in storage and exhibition areas
- rvey and evaluate condition of artifacts in storage and on exhibition
- Survey and evaluate storage arrangement and collection management processes
- Survey and evaluate documentation systems, processes and intellectual access
- Evaluation of a specific collection or project
- Aid in disaster preparedness or response
- Evaluation of move to new building or location
- Scope of Work for Grant Funded Project
Reports will not be widely discussed by consultants but will be available to staff and consultants of NJHC and NJAM’s representatives on an as needed basis. The New Jersey State Archives is the final repository for the artifact assessment program’s reports. Membership in the New Jersey Association of Museums is not required (but always appreciated) to receive service. All consultants are members of the New Jersey Association of Museums.
To apply: Complete the AAP application form and return it to:
New Jersey Historical Commission
P. O. Box 305
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0305
For non U.S. mail delivery:
New Jersey Historical Commission
225 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625