The New Jersey Historical Commission is offering a special grant initiative for 2014. As part of the Commissionís effort to mark New Jerseyís 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 these NJ350 Publication Initiative grants are encouraged to submit projects that are aimed at either a scholarly or popular audience. Funding 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. The Commission proposes to fund ten new publications through this program, ranging from 60,000 to 100,000 words with approximately 12 illustrations per book. For this initiative, the Commission will not consider proposals for collections of essays, memoirs, bibliographies, or historical fiction. The Commission intends to arrange for the publication of the projects selected, subject to the availability of funding and the acceptance of the finished manuscripts. Applicants to this grant program may request up to $10,000 per book. Successful applicants will receive $3,000 in the first year of the grant; remaining grant funds will be disbursed to the publisher once the work has been accepted for publication.
Applicants may participate in the NJ350 Publication Initiative by submitting a Declaration of Intent to apply by September 9, 2013. Full applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on October 1, 2013. Guidelines for application will be available after June 1, 2013 at the Commissionís website, www.history.nj.gov. All declarations of intent and applications must be submitted electronically through SAGE, the System for Administering Grants Electronically at www.sage.nj.gov.
For more information on the NJ350 Publication Initiative, please contact the New Jersey Historical Commissionís Grants Program Manager, Skylar Harris, or Chief Programs Officer, Niquole Primiani, at 609-292-6062. The New Jersey Historical Commission is a division of the New Jersey Department of State.
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