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Department of State

New Jersey Historical Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary
Naval Air Station Wildwood

Grant 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, Project Grants, and County History Partnership 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.

SAGE Information

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-FY2020

FY 2020 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants for History and Humanities Organizations

Rotating every year with the NJ Historic Trust and NJ Council on the Arts, FY 2020 is a NJ Historical Commission year for Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants. The program is designed to assist groups in addressing financial and operational challenges that threaten their stability and to help build greater operational capacity to manage and advance their work and achieve their missions. To be eligible, an organization must first be designated as "qualified" by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

Important deadlines:

  • June 14, 2019 – Deadline to be designated a Qualified Organization by the NJ Cultural Trust
  • July 8, 2019 – Declarations of Intent to Apply due
  • August 8, 2019 – Full Applications due

Important documents:

Application for Qualification

SAGE Guide for Completing FY 2020 Cultural Trust IFS Declaration of Intent

SAGE Guide for Initiating and Completing FY 2020 Cultural Trust History Institutional and Financial Stabilization Application

FY 2020 New Jersey Cultural Trust Grant Guidelines

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 FY2020 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.

Deadline FY2020
Intent to Apply March 15, 2019
Submission Deadline April 15, 2019
Notification of Award July 2019

General Operating Support Grant FY2020-2022 Cycle Guidelines

SAGE Guides for FY 2020-2022 General Operating Support (GOS) Cycle
Submitting Your FY 2020 GOS Declaration of Intent (DOI) to Apply

SAGE Guide for FY 2020 General Operating Support Grant (GOS) Grant Applications

Project Grants

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 2020 cycle is January 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The application will be due by 3:00 p.m. on February 19, 2019. Applications that are not submitted by 3:00 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered for funding.

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 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.

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; partnership projects; 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 2020 Project Grants are posted below.

Deadline FY2020
Intent to Apply January 22, 2019
Submission Deadline February 19, 2019
Notification of Award July 2019

Project Grant FY 2020 Cycle Guidelines

SAGE Guides for FY 2019 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.

FY 2020 County History Partnership Program (CHPP) Guidelines

County History Partnership Program (CHPP) Contact List

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
CAPES Letter

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:

  • 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

Follow-up programs include but are not limited to:

  • 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.

AAP application form


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
33 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608



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