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Union County Offers History Grant Workshop, April 24

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 other non-profit organizations seeking funding for a history program or project meriting funding through the 2009 Union County History Grant Program. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Westfield at 300 North Avenue East.

“This free grant-writing workshop will help your group to turn a project idea into a feasible history grant proposal so you can promote better understanding of local, Union County and New Jersey history,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board.

Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for a project or program that can be developed into a proposal. The grant period is from September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.

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 including heritage tourism projects; photo exhibits focused on notable Union County historic figures or events; lectures; conservation and preservation of historical materials; local history publications; consultant fees; 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 24 workshop or to 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. E-mail request to