CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419
Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746


Funding Is Available for Local History Programs

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is seeking applicants for its Fiscal Year 2009 Union County History Grant Program. The program, administered by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs (OCHA), provides General Operating Support (GOS) grants for Union County-based house museums, historical societies, historic sites, libraries and archives with collections or programming relating to local and Union County history. The maximum request for a GOS Grant is $7,500.

Special Project (SP) Grants are available to support specific projects relating to local history: research, publication, public programs, conservation and educational initiatives. County-based non-profits including colleges, schools, churches, municipal, cultural commissions and similar groups are eligible to apply for SP Grants up to $5,000.

The Union County History Grant Program is made possible by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

History staff from the OCHA will offer technical assistance to applicants upon request. First time applicants must submit a draft of their proposals by June 2. The application deadline is June 13.

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