The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. The 2021 HEART Grants fund projects and activities taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2021. The application deadline is October 13, 2020. The draft deadline for first-time applicants is October 2.

HEART Grants are administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Grants are awarded for projects related to local history, the arts and humanities. Union County based non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations or individual artists, historians or others with programs that benefit Union County residents are eligible to apply.

 “The response to the HEART Grant Program in past years has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The recipients are a wonderful mix of creative individuals – poets and writers, historians, painters, photographers, musicians and dancers – as well as organizations. Heart Grants make it possible for the residents of Union County to gain an increased appreciation for the arts, our history, and the humanities.”

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The due date for 2021 HEART Grant applications is October 13. Applicants must submit one original and three copies. First-time applicants must submit a draft of the narrative and budget page by October 2. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Grant Writing Workshop for those wishing to apply will not be available. Applicants can request an individual telephone consultation to review their HEART Grant questions at 908-558-2550.

Organizations can request up to $2,500 (with a 25% cash match for anything over $1,000). Individuals can request up to $1,000 (no cash match required). The grant program period is 1/1/20-12/31/21. Residents should consult instructions and guidelines to know if a program is eligible.                                                                                      

For additional information about the HEART Grant, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs by email at  culturalinfo@ucnj.org or call 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users may dial 711.

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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