April 5, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Wayne Avery, (908) 527-4742


Union County Offers History Grant Workshop, April 23

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is sponsoring a free grant-writing workshop for Union County-based historical societies, historic house museums, libraries and similar organizations seeking funding for a history program or project through the Fiscal Year 2008 Union County History Grant Program. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, at 300 North Avenue East, Westfield.

Groups with ideas for a special project or program related to Union County’s 150th Anniversary Celebration (1857-2007) are especially encouraged to attend and to take advantage of this funding opportunity.

Workshop participants will learn how to develop and write a quality history grant proposal for a project or program that teaches and promotes better understanding of and appreciation for Union County and New Jersey history. Programs or projects must be presented or completed during the period September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

The maximum request for a General Operating Support (GOS) grant is $7,500 and available only to Union County-based history organizations. Other nonprofits may request Special Project Grants up to $5,000 to expand their history programming. The funds are awarded on a competitive basis.

Funds from the History Grant Program can support activities such as photo exhibitions focused on notable Union County historic figures or events; lectures; conservation and preservation of historical materials; Civil War re-enactors; honorariums for guest presenters or speakers; and oral history projects.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs administers the Union County History Grant Program, which is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

To confirm attendance at the April 23 workshop or receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth 07202. Telephone: (908) 436-2912. New Jersey Relay users dial 711. Or e-mail requests to