Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The Morris County Heritage Commission has received a grant of $18,127 from the New Jersey Historical Commission to provide re-grants for local history projects and general operating support to history organizations and social studies and history teachers in the county.

The re-grant program supports a variety of efforts to increase the appreciation, knowledge and preservation of Morris County’s history, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Eligible history projects include exhibit catalogs, organizational and information brochures, collections catalogues and the conservation of photographs and documents. Funds may also be used for consultants to prepare historic site and organizational long range or strategic plans and A.D.A. compliance plans.

History project grants are not intended for rehabilitation, preservation or other work on historic buildings. 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.

General operating support grants are intended to assist organizations in meeting expenses necessary to keep a site open to the public, to extend public visitation hours, or to cover costs associated with maintaining an Internet presence. 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.

Application packets are available from Peg Shultz, Heritage Commission archivist, at 973-829-8117 or by e-mail at [email protected] Completed applications are due Oct. 27, and the awards will be announced the week of Dec. 15.