Monday, September 26th, 2016

GRANTS AID GROUPS AND PROJECTS THAT SUPPORT MORRIS COUNTY HISTORY

The Morris County Heritage Commission has received a $43,520 grant to provide support for local history projects and general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

morris-county-courthouse

The funding supports a variety of efforts to increase appreciation, knowledge, and preservation of Morris County’s history.

Historical societies, museums, and historic preservation groups are among those eligible to apply for either general operating support or a specific project grant of between $1,000 and $7,000.

Fraternal, veterans, education, youth and ethnic organizations also are invited to apply for project grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Applications are due by Nov.10.  Awards will be announced the week of Jan. 9, 2017.

Kathy DeFillippo

Kathy DeFillippo

“The Heritage Commission promotes awareness of the county’s rich history in concert with many local and community groups or organizations that maintain our heritage,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, liaison to the Heritage Commission. “I urge our community groups to apply for these grants, which can help finance their vital work.’’

Examples of grant-eligible history projects include exhibit catalogs, organizational and information brochures, collections catalogs, exhibit mounting materials, and conservation of photographs and documents. Also, funds may be used for consultants to prepare historic site and organizational long-range, strategic, A.D.A. compliance plans and historic site nominations.

Doremus House in Montville

Doremus House in Montville

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

General operating grants are intended to financially assist history organizations meet expenses to keep a historic site or museum open to the public. Costs can include insurance, utility bills, internet needs, and security systems.

Nonprofit groups, such as veterans’ groups, schools, libraries, and fraternal organizations, that maintain collections or archives of historic integrity, even though their activities are not specifically history-based, also can apply.

Applications are available from the Heritage Commission at www.morrisheritage.net.

 Questions can be directed to the Commission’s Archivist/Acting Director, Peg Shultz, at 973.829.8117 or email to [email protected]