Trenton, NJ - From a Hudson County courthouse to the docks of the Delaware Bay, New Jersey residents will soon have expanded access to local history and cultural programs. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) recently awarded $146,531 in grants to eleven institutions, including museums, arts and educational organizations, and county cultural and heritage agencies. The grant funds will provide residents with free access to films, exhibitions, oral histories, presentations, discussions, and other educational resources developed in consultation with some of the state’s leading humanities scholars.

Briann Greenfield, NJCH Executive Director, praised the community organizations, “Supporting New Jersey’s local cultural organizations is central to what we do.  Programs like these give residents the opportunity to share their stories and explore the issues and ideas most relevant to their communities.”

Grants were awarded to:

• Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, & Genocide Education in Lincroft ($20,000) for an exhibition on the history of the Armenian Genocide

• Gallery Aferrro in Newark ($20,000) for a community-based oral history and exhibition project on the history of public art in Newark

• Newark Museum Association ($20,000) for programming in support of the exhibition Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs

• The Film Collaborative in Los Angeles, CA ($20,000) for a documentary film on the history of the civil disturbance that took place in Newark in 1967

• Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission ($19,456) for an interpretive podcast and signage at the site of the Battle of Dallas Landing

• Burlington County Division of Parks ($17,500) for an orientation video for the County’s Historic Smithville Park

• Essex County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs ($11,500) for an oral history film for the County’s Kip’s Castle Park

• Morris Museum in Morristown ($10,000) for programming in support of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

• Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs ($3,775) for a walking tour guide for the County’s Justice William J. Brennan Court House

• Arts Council of Princeton ($3,000) for a community-based discussion program on the history of Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood

• The Theater Project in Maplewood ($1,300) for a discussion on the role of the American media following a performance of the play Murrow

NJCH awards major grants of up to $20,000, mini-grants of up to $3,000, and community discussion grants of $500 throughout the year. Nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about NJCH’s grants program are invited to attend a free grant proposal workshop this spring. Complete information on NJCH’s grants program, including it spring workshop schedule, can be found on its website at NJCH’s grants officer, Robert Apgar, can be reached at (609) 695-4838 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..