May 11, 2007

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


Funding Available for Local History Programs
Deadline for Applications: June 15

Do you have a history project you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the funding? Now’s your chance to apply for a Union County History Grant. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, is accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2008 Union County History Grant Program.

Applicants seeking funding for a history project or public history program highlighting a historic site, event or historic figure(s) related to Union County’s 150th Anniversary Celebration (1857-2007) are particularly encouraged.

The maximum request for a General Operating Support (GOS) Grant is $7,500 which is available only to Union County-based history organizations. Other non-profit groups, including libraries, schools, churches, municipal recreation departments, and municipal cultural and heritage commissions in Union County may apply for a Special Project (SP) Grant (up to $5,000) in support of an innovative history program or project.

Special projects or programs may be proposed to coincide with special events such as Humanities Month (October), Black History Month, Women’s History Month or Hispanic Heritage Month. Community groups are encouraged to collaborate when developing and producing local history projects.

“Union County is full of history that few people know about,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “We encourage history buffs to apply for this grant and share their historical treasures with the public.”

History staff from the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs will offer technical assistance to applicants upon request. First-time applicants must submit a draft of their proposals by June 4. The application deadline is June 15.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs administers the History Grant Program, which is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. The grant application and guidelines may be obtained from the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth 07202. Telephone: (908) 558-2550. New Jersey Relay users dial 711. E-mail requests to