Grant Opportunities with March Deadlines

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Start planning now for two grant opportunities with March deadlines! Between February 19 and March 16, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) will accept Intent to Apply forms for its next Action Grant opportunity. Submitting an Intent to Apply form is the first required step to submitting a full application for an Action Grant. March 31 is the deadline to submit an application for an Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Mini-Grant.

What are the humanities? On its Grants FAQ Page, NJCH states, “The humanities examine shared history, culture, values, and beliefs.” Specific humanities fields include (but are certainly not limited to) anthropology, ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, and political science.

NJCH makes awards twice per year for Incubation Grants (up to $5,000) and once per year for Action Grants ($2,000 to $20,000). See the Grants Overview section of the NJCH website for summary information about both opportunities. Action Grants “help to implement new projects or expand existing programs.” On its Action Grants page, NJCH provides some tips to writing a competitive proposal. A proposal should support one or more of the Council’s four primary goals, such as building new audiences for the humanities or bringing people of different perspectives and backgrounds together. NJCH also expects applicants to emphasize a project’s audience and the significance of the proposed project. In 2017, NJCH awarded $184,000 in Action Grants. Awarded grant projects range from public programs to exhibitions to discussion groups.

If NJCH approves an applicant’s Intent to Apply Form, NJCH will unlock the full application. Applicants are required to discuss their proposed projects with NJCH staff and they are encouraged (although not required) to submit a draft of the application in advance of the deadline. Applicants should contact Gigi Naglak, the NJCH Director of Grants and Programs at

Grantmaking to “support arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries” is one of the ways that the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation meets its mission of “bringing the multicultural, creative spirit of Keats into children’s lives and literature.” An EJK Mini-Grant in an amount up to $500 offers the “opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library.” Visit the overview page of the EJK Mini-Grant program and read a description of what makes a “great” program. The Foundation website also provides examples of great Mini-Grant programs.

Potential applicants should review the page concerning how to apply and the program’s FAQs. After submitting the online application by March 31, applicants will receive notice of the status of their applications on or around May 1.


About Eileen Morales

Throughout my career, I've helped museums and libraries in New York and New Jersey find funding sources for new projects. My favorite projects have utilized new technologies to increase public access to the photographs, diaries, and everyday objects that are not usually on display. My position as Grants Manager at the New Jersey State Library includes outreach to New Jersey libraries involved in the grant-seeking process. Email me at