Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Morris County Heritage Commission, an advisory body of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, has received a grant of $20,844 to provide re-grants for local history projects and general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The re-grant program supports a variety of efforts to increase appreciation, knowledge, and preservation of Morris County’s history, said Peg Shultz, the commission’s archivist and acting director.

Re-grant awards from $1,000 to $5,000 will be available to history organizations and other non- profit organizations that have a history based project, Shultz said.

Applications are due Oct. 27, and awards will be announced the week of Dec. 19.

According to Shultz, examples of eligible history projects include exhibit catalogs, organizational and information brochures, collections catalogues, exhibit mounting materials and conservation of photographs and documents. In addition, funds may be used for consultants to prepare historic site and organizational long range, strategic, A.D.A. compliance plans and historic site nominations.

History project grants are not intended for rehabilitation, preservation, or other work on historic buildings, she said. These projects may be eligible for funding through the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund,
www.morrispreservation.org.

Morris County organizations having historic collections or archives but whose activities are not history-based, are also encouraged to apply for history project funds, Shultz said.

General operating support grants are intended to assist organizations in meeting expenses necessary to keep a site open to the public, Shultz said.

These costs can include insurance, heat, electric, and other utility bills. Costs associated with maintaining an internet presence and security system can also be included. General operating support proposals must demonstrate how the applicant will be able to continue and/or improve the level of service offered to visitors if funding is granted, Shultz said.

Application materials are available on line on the Heritage Commission website,
www.morrisheritage.net, or by calling the Heritage Commission at 973-829-8117, or by e-mailing [email protected]