Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 7, 2020

Union County Announces History Re-Grant Program Application for 2021

Andrew Hampton Homestead, also known as St. John’s Parsonage, 1696, Elizabeth, NJ

Union County, NJ – The Freeholder Board is pleased to announce that the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs will once again award two types history grants under the FY 2021 Union County History Re-grant Program. The deadline for final applications is August 31.

Funding for the History Grant program is provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission. Applicant organizations must be based in Union County, and History programming to be funded must take place in Union County.          

“The Union County History Re-Grant Program is an excellent opportunity for local historical groups to obtain funding that assists with operating expenses and other costs,” said Freeholder Chair Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board is proud to provide this opportunity to work towards a successful grant application.”

Each of the two grant programs includes general standards for eligibility as well as specific requirements:

  1. General Operating Support (GOS) grants provide assistance for the basic costs of operation such as programming, preservation of collections, salaries, marketing, and more. Funding is available to Union County based historical societies, house museums or historic sites only. The maximum GOS grant request is $5,000.
  2. Special Project (SP) grants 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 $3,500.

New applicants are encouraged to submit a draft for review by August 14, 2020. Final application materials must be submitted to the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs by August 31, 2020. For more details and to apply, please visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs/funding-opportunities.\

For clarification, assistance, or questions about applying, please contact John Prescott, History Programs Coordinator, at 908-436-2912 or by email at jprescott@ucnj.org.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and a list of locations for walk-up tests, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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