FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419
Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746

Union County History Grants Are Available; Deadline for Applications: June 20


The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that grant-funding opportunities are available through the 2012 Union County History Re-Grant Program, made possible from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, administrators of the program, is actively seeking applications from Union County-based non-profit groups. Funds must be used in support of an organization’s general operating expenses or a special history project or program.

“Local organizations interested in developing and showcasing Union County’s abundant history are encouraged to apply for funding,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “These include historical societies, historic house museums, libraries, schools and similar groups.”

The two types of grants available have general standards of eligibility as well as specific requirements. The General Operating Support (GOS) Grant provides assistance for the basic costs of operation (e.g. programming, preservation of collections, salaries, marketing, etc.) to Union County-based historical societies, house museums or historic sites only. The maximum GOS grant request is $7,500.

The Special Project (SP) Grant supports history organizations, museums, schools, libraries and similar organizations with collections or programming relating to Union County and New Jersey state history. The maximum grant request is $5,000.

The application deadline is Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The grant period runs from September 1, 2012, through August 31, 2013.

To obtain an application or receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone: 908-436-2912 or 908-558-2550. New Jersey Relay users dial 711. E-mail requests for a writeable Word document (Microsoft Office 2000) to culturalinfo@ucnj.org or ewashington@ucnj.org.

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