FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2009

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

 

Non-Profit Groups in Union County Can Receive Funds
for Arts, History or Humanities Projects

 

Does your non-profit group need funds for an arts, history or humanities project? The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites community arts groups, history organizations, schools, libraries and other non-profit organizations to apply for funding through one of Union County’s grant programs.

“The purpose of our three grant programs is to provide funding opportunities to local arts and history organizations,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Groups interested in developing and showcasing Union County’s rich history and multi-cultural arts assets through public presentations are encouraged to apply.”

The Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, in the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal, administers the county’s Arts, History and HEART Grant programs.

“We are pleased to offer both Special Project and General Operating Support grants,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “Community arts groups, history organizations, and other non-profits are eligible to apply for funding.”

The Union County Local Arts Grant Program awards grants to organizations that demonstrate a high degree of professionalism in sponsoring or producing arts activities. The grants are made possible by the Local Arts Program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Union County History Grant Program provides funds to non-profit history groups, house museums, historic sites, libraries, schools and organizations with collections or programming relating to Union County and local history. The program is made possible by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Office of Cultural Affairs, in the Department of State.

Both the Arts and History grant programs are available pending restoration of funds to the 2010 state budget. Both programs offer Special Project and General Operating Support grants.

In recognition of the importance of culture and the arts to our economy and the quality of life for Union County citizens, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders established the innovative HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program in 1998. This
pioneering grant program provides funding for non-profit organizations, historians, individual artists and scholars producing or sponsoring projects related to the arts, history and humanities.

To request an application and guidelines for any of the grant programs, or information
about other programs and services, contact the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs,
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone: 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711.
Or E-mail culturalinfo@ucnj.org.