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Union County Local Arts Grant Program Accepting Applications

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that applications to the 2023 Local Arts grant program (LAP) are now being accepted by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, a division of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Union County’s Local Arts grant program helps the organizations in our community sustain their operations and continue to bring high-quality programming to our residents, and it also enables other organizations to provide arts programming. We encourage eligible organizations to apply,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

Qualifying non-profit arts organizations can apply, as well as libraries, schools, and local government offices.

Two types of grants are available under the LAP program:

  • General Operating Support grants are available to arts organizations. The maximum request is $12,000.
  • Special Project grants are available to both arts organizations and non-arts organizations producing an arts project, such as a performance series. The maximum request $6,000.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be based in Union County, and arts activities must take place in Union County during 2023. Grants will be awarded to applicants that demonstrate a high degree of professionalism in arts programming.

Full details, including eligibility requirements, application components and other information, are outlined in the complete LAP Guidelines.

All application materials must be submitted online by September 21, 2022 through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs grant portal.

To obtain the link to the grant portal and begin the application process, applicants must first send the name of their organization by email to Martha Sturm, LAP Grant Coordinator, at msturm@ucnj.org and culturalinfo@ucnj.org. Use both email addresses to ensure a timely response.

For questions about the LAP grant program, contact Martha Sturm at 908-558-2552 or msturm@ucnj.org.

Funding for this grant program is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For information about all grants administered by the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs/funding-opportunities/.

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