Posted Friday, September 24th, 2010

The Morris County Heritage Commission has received a grant of $20,868 from the New Jersey Historical Commission to provide re-grants for local history projects and general operating support to history organizations and social studies/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, said Peg Shultz, Heritage Commission archivist.

Eligible history projects include exhibit and collections catalogs, organizational and information brochures, exhibit-mounting materials and the supplies used to conserve photographs and documents, Shultz said.

Funds may also be used for consultants to prepare historic site and organizational long range, strategic and A.D.A. compliance plans.

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

History project grants are not intended for building rehabilitation or preservation, Shultz said. These projects may be eligible for funding through the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund (

General operating support grants are intended to assist organizations in meeting expenses necessary to keep a site open to the public or to extend public visitation hours. Shultz said these costs may include heat and electric bills and the costs associated with maintaining a security system and 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 on the Heritage Commission Web site, They are also available by e-mail at [email protected] and by calling Shultz at 973-829-8117.

Completed applications are due Nov. 5, and the awards will be announced the week of Dec. 20.

The Morris County Heritage Commission is an advisory body of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.