The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that a history grant writing workshop will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at the Union County Annex, 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield. 

“The grant-writing workshop is intended for Union County-based non-profit groups including historical societies, schools, museums, libraries, municipal governments and other organizations seeking funding for a history project or event that promotes better understanding of Union County and New Jersey history,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “Attendees will learn about the two types of competitive grants available through the Union County History Grant Program administered by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.”

The history staff will present an overview of the grant program and a step-by-step approach to preparing the application budget and narrative. Applications and guidelines will be available at the workshop. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss project or event ideas.

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The maximum request for a General Operating Support (GOS) grant is $7,500 and it is available only to Union County-based history organizations. Other non-profits may request a Special Project (SP) grant up to $5,000. The funds are awarded on a competitive basis.  

Applicants with Community and History Project ideas celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865) or Elizabethtown, New Jersey’s 350th anniversary (1664-2014) are especially welcome. Funding for this program is made available through the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

To confirm attendance at the April 24 workshop or receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth 07202. Telephone: (908) 436-2912. New Jersey Relay users dial 711. E-mail requests to