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Union County Offers History Grant Workshop, April 26: Historical Societies, Museums, Schools & Libraries Are Invited

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that a grant-writing workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Union County Annex, located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

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

Workshop attendees will receive assistance in the technical aspects of completing the application. Grant applications and guidelines for the following grants will be available at the workshop:

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) The Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs is introducing a new MINIGRANT (MG) which provides funding to history organizations only. The MG is offered in conjunction with the start of a national four year (April 2011 to April 2015) commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Grant funds up to $1,500 are available to organizations interested in conducting research into the history of slavery at the organization’s site and/or within their municipality. An organization applying for GOS may also apply for a Mini-Grant. Ten of Union County’s municipalities have been identified as having a history of slavery.

3) 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.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

To confirm attendance at the April 26 workshop or receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth 07202. Telephone: (908) 436-2912. New Jersey Relay users dial 711. E-mail requests to

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