UNION COUNTY, NJ – Four Elizabeth organizations are among the 34 from around Union County to receive a grant from the Union County Local Arts Grant Program for the funding year 2017, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.

The Bridgeway Program, Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth Public Library, and YWCA of Eastern Union County were selected to share a portion of the $64,000 in grants. The grants, provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner organization of the National Endowment for the Arts, are part of a larger $144,000 Council on the Arts award for Union County. They are administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

“This new round of funding demonstrates that our local arts community has earned a reputation for delivering programs that make significant contributions to the quality of life in Union County, and throughout New Jersey,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I wish our awardees all the best for a successful and productive season.”

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The balance of the grant will be matched by the Freeholder Board, enabling the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs to present the Teen Arts Program, the Senior Citizen Art Exhibit, Music in the Mills and gallery exhibits as well as technical assistance workshops and other services for Union County artists, cultural organizations and residents.

 “A little goes a long way, and this new round of funding will reach thousands of Union County residents with programs and activities that enrich and educate,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who is the Freeholder Liaison to the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

For more information about Union County arts grant programs or to learn about other programs, services and volunteer opportunities through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, call 908-558-2550 (NJ Relay users dial 711), email culturalinfo@ucnj.org or visit during regular business hours at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth.