MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ  – The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Office of Culture and Heritage are pleased to announce the 2017 History Grants program. Middlesex County based, non-profit organizations or municipal groups are eligible to apply for projects taking place from January 2017 through December 2017.

 The program supports projects relating to the history of New Jersey and its peoples, staffing needs, technical assistance and history related publications.

 “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is committed to enhancing history programming in the County,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “The History Grants program has consistently been one of the most successful ways for us to help local groups educate our residents and bring history to life.”

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 “These grants are a great way for us to support all types of programming throughout the County,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. “Each grantee provides such unique and special history programming and education that help us reach so many of our residents.” 

 The guidelines are accessible online at www.co.middlesex.nj.us; search History Grants and Services. Hard copy versions of the guidelines are available by calling the Office of Culture and Heritage at 732-745-4489. Applications must be submitted online no later than midnight, Friday, July 1, 2016. Applications received after this date/time will not be considered.

 A Grant Workshop will be offered on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will take place at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Rd., Piscataway and is open to any organization interested in applying for History Grants. The workshop will give an overview of the online application process, while discussing common pitfalls and errors to avoid when applying. Workshop attendance is recommended for all applicants.

 To assist new applicants one-on-one with the grant writing process, a History Grant Help Clinic will be offered at the Culture and Heritage Office, 703 Jersey Ave., New Brunswick, by appointment only.

 For more information regarding History Grants, or to register for the Workshop or Help Clinic, please call Michael Moran, History Services Coordinator, at 732-745-4171. The History Grants are funded by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.