FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419
Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746

Union County Offers History Grant Workshop, April 25;
Historical Societies, Museums, Schools & Libraries Are Invited


UNION, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that a history grant writing workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, April 25, at the Liberty Hall Museum at Kean, 1003 Morris Avenue in Union.

“The grant-writing workshop is intended for historical societies, schools, museums, libraries and similar non-profit and diverse organizations in Union County,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “Attendees will learn about the two types of competitive grants available through the Union County History Grant Program administered by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.”

The history staff will answer questions and provide assistance to applicants on the technical aspects of the application process. Applications will be available at the workshop. There are general standards of eligibility as well as specific requirements for each grant:

1)      General Operating Support (GOS) grants provide 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.

2)      Special Project (SP) grants support 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.

Special projects on topics or events related to Union County and the Civil War Era are especially welcome as the nation continues to observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865). Funding for this program is made available through the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

To confirm attendance at the April 25 workshop or receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth 07202. Telephone: (908) 436-2912. New Jersey Relay users dial 711. E-mail requests to ewashington@ucnj.org.

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