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HEART Grant Applications Now Available for Non-Profits, Individual Artists and Scholars

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that applications for the 2023 Union County HEART Grant program are now available for Union County non-profit organizations, individual artists and scholars. Projects related to local history, the arts and humanities are eligible for consideration in the HEART Grant funding program.

“We created the HEART Grant program in 1998 to help foster a thriving environment for the arts and cultural activities in Union County, and the program has received an enthusiastic response ever since. We are looking forward to another exciting season of programming that reaches thousands of residents with enriching new experiences that enlighten, educate and entertain,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

The HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) program serves as a catalyst for Union County’s non-profit organizations, artists and scholars, enhancing their ability to connect residents with programs and activities.

Along with civic groups and cultural organizations, past HEART Grant recipients have included individual poets and writers, historians, painters, photographers, musicians, dancers and more.

Organizations can request a grant of up to $3,000, with a 25% cash match for any amount over $1,000.

Individuals can request up to $1,000, with no cash match required.

All projects funded under the HEART Grant Program must directly benefit Union County residents and increase appreciation for Union County history, the arts and humanities, demonstrating that cultural assets are a vital part of community life, education and wellbeing, economic development and cultural heritage tourism.

Activities must take place in 2023 between January 1 and December 31 to be considered for funding. All applicants must be Union County residents or Union County based non-profit organizations with programs taking place in Union County.

The application deadline is October 18, 2022.

The HEART Grant program is administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.

To receive the 2023 HEART Grant guidelines and a writable application form, visit ucnj.org/ cultural or email culturalinfo@ucnj.org.

For more information about all Cultural and Heritage Affairs programs call 908-558-2550 (NJ Relay users dial 711).

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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