Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2016

Two Free Workshops Explain “HEART Grant” Application Process & “Local Arts Grant” Application, May 19

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two free workshops on Thursday evening, May 19, will explain the application process for the 2016 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program and the 2017 Local Arts Grant Program. Both workshops will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Hall Museum, Wagon Shed Building, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083. The workshops are free of charge, but pre-registration is suggested.

The application process for a 2016 HEART grant for projects related to local history, the arts and humanities will be explained at the workshop for Union County non-profit organizations, individual artists and scholars.

“The response to the HEART Grant Program in past years has been exciting,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The recipients are a wonderful mix of creative individuals – poets and writers, historians, painters, photographers, musicians and dancers – plus arts, history and other cultural organizations and civic groups. Services they provide directly benefit the residents of Union County and increase appreciation for the arts, our history, and the humanities.”

The other workshop will provide guidelines for completing applications for the Union County 2017 Local Arts Grant Program. Funds for this program are made available through the New Jersey Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. Local arts activities taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2017, are eligible for consideration.

“Non-profit groups and arts organizations in search of funding need well-constructed grant proposals,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “This workshop will discuss the components of a successful application, including a description of the project, the budget and the marketing plan.”

For additional information or to register for the HEART Grant workshop or the Local Arts Grant Program workshop, 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, or E-mail: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.

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