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Free Workshop Explains Application Process for Local Arts Grant Program, May 7


WESTFIELD, NJ – Does your non-profit group need funds for an arts project? The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites community arts organizations, schools, libraries, health and social service agencies and other non-profit organizations to attend a grant-writing workshop on Thursday, May 7. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Union County Administration Building Annex, located at 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield.

“An organization in search of funding needs a well-constructed grant proposal,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “This workshop will take organizers through the process of writing the grant proposal step-by-step and will discuss the components of a successful application, including a description of the project, the budget and the marketing plan.”

The free workshop will provide specific information and guidelines for completing applications for the Union County FY2010 Local Arts Grant Program. Funds for this program are made available through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. All non-profit groups and arts organizations that wish to offer an arts project to the public are eligible to apply for grant funds. Arts activities taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2010, are eligible for consideration.

“The purpose of the grant program is to enrich the quality of life in Union County by stimulating and supporting the production, presentation and creation of the arts,” said Freeholder Kowalski. “We are very proud that the New Jersey State Council on the Arts has designated our Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs a Major Arts Service Organization for the eleventh consecutive year.”

To register for the free May 7 workshop, or for information about other programs and services, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711. E-mail address: