April 9, 2007

CONTACT: Seb D’Elia 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Free Workshop Explains Application Process
for Arts Grant Program, April 25

WESTFIELD, NJ – Does your non-profit organization need funds for an arts project? The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites community arts organizations, schools, libraries, health and social service agencies and other non-profit groups to attend a grant-writing workshop. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Union County Administration Annex, located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

The workshop will provide specific information and guidelines for completing applications for the Union County Fiscal Year 2008 Arts Grant Program. Funds for this program are made available through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

All non-profit groups and arts organizations that wish to offer an arts project to the public are eligible to apply for grant funds. Arts activities taking place between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 are eligible for consideration.

“An organization in search of funding needs a well-constructed grant proposal,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “This free workshop will take organizers through the process of writing this grant proposal step-by-step and discuss the specific components of a successful application, including a description of the project, the budget and the marketing plan.”

“The purpose of the grant program is to enrich the quality of life in Union County by stimulating and supporting the production, presentation and creation of the arts,” Freeholder Kowalski added. “We are very proud that the New Jersey State Council on the Arts has designated our Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs a Major Arts Service Organization for the ninth consecutive year.”

To register for the free April 25 workshop, or for information about other programs and services, please contact the

Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs,
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.
Telephone: 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711.
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