SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has awarded seven organizations in Scotch Plains-Fanwood funding through the 2017 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program.

The program was established in 1998 to support artists and community organizations of Union County. Total funding for this year’s grants is $100,000.

“The recipients of HEART Grants are a wonderful mix of creative individuals including composers and writers, historians, visual artists, musicians and dancers, as well as arts, history and other cultural organizations and civic groups,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The response to the program has been exciting ever since its inception.”

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Artists, educators, civic and historical non-profit organizations that want information about next year’s HEART Grant Program can contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Call (908) 558-2550 or e-mail:

The local HEART Grants Recipients for 2017 are:

  1. Brian Beste, Fanwood, $1,000 for presenting art and photography workshops
  2. Candace Waller, Fanwood, $1,000 for providing free dance classes
  3. Borough of Fanwood,$2,200, for presenting the Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series
  4. JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, $2,200, for presenting a cultural appreciation series for seniors
  5. Language & Enrichment Center, Scotch Plains, $1,000, for presenting performances by pre-school children of Italian winter songs
  6. Life Drawing Studio Group, Fanwood, $2,000, for providing visual arts workshops
  7. Music for All Seasons, Scotch Plains, $2,500, for presenting music programs for U.C. Juvenile Detention Center is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.