Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
The Morris County Heritage Commission has received a grant of $18, 684 from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the New Jersey Department of State, to provide re-grants for local history projects and General Operating Support to history organizations and other non-profit groups that have a history-based project.
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 and acting director.
Completed applications are due by 1 p.m. Oct. 30, and the awards will be announced the week of Dec. 15.
Eligible history projects include exhibit and collections catalogs, organizational and information brochures, exhibit-mounting materials and the conservation of 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 and historic site nominations.
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, preservation or other work on historic buildings, 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. Shultz said these costs can include insurance, heat, electric and other utility 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.
The Morris County Heritage Commission is an advisory body of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.