PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council (PCCHC) at Passaic County Community College is currently offering arts, cultural and history re-grants. 

In order to be eligible, the applicant must:  1) based in Passaic County; 2) be a tax-exempt non-profit organization incorporated in Passaic County or a municipal government entity; 3) have been in existence at least two years; 4) demonstrate that the project has clear artistic or historic merit; 5) match every dollar of the arts re-grant with one dollar of its own (a portion of this match can be in-kind contributions), and match every dollar of the history re-grant with fifty cents of its own; and 6) use the re-grant for the following: 

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·         An arts or cultural project (dance, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, etc.) to take place in Passaic County between January 1 and December 31, 2013, and that culminates in a public presentation. 

·         A local or New Jersey history project taking place in Passaic County between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, and that culminates in a public presentation. 

The deadline for arts applications is Thursday, July 12, 2012, and for history applications, Thursday, July 19, 2012.  Applications and guidelines are available online at www.pccc.edu/pcchc (click on the ‘grants’ tab). 

For assistance in improving your application, contact Susan Balik at PCCHC at sbalik@pccc.edu or 973-684-5444 to schedule a one-on-one meeting.  Meetings can be scheduled Monday through Friday, May 21 to July 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, Paterson, NJ.  If you need to schedule a meeting in the evening, please let us know and we can discuss a mutually convenient location.  All applicants are asked to complete a first draft of the application, including the narrative and budget, and bring it to the meeting.  PCCHC strives to maintain a barrier-free facility, including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs.