Posted Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Morris County Heritage Commission has received a state grant of $18,684 that will be used to offer small grants to Morris County organizations that need funding for history based projects, and also will provide some general operating funds to history based organizations in the county, it was announced today.

History Grants Available to Morris County Historic, Educational and Non Profit Groups Applications for the grants are due by Nov. 10.
The grant to the Heritage Commission, an advisory body of the Morris County Freeholders, will be provided by the New Jersey State Historical Commission. 

“We are very appreciative of the state grant, and will use the money for a re-grant program that will support a variety of efforts to increase appreciation, knowledge, and preservation of Morris County’s history,’’ said Peg Shultz, Archivist/Acting Director of the Morris County Heritage Commission.

“Morris County has a long and rich history when it comes to the creation of our nation, so we encourage   
Grant awards of from $1,000 to $5,000 will be available to Morris County based history organizations and other non-profit groups that need funding to help move along history based projects. 
Applications are due by Nov. 10 and awards will be announced the week of Dec. 21. 
Examples of eligible history projects include:

  • Exhibit catalogs
  • Organizational and information brochure
  • Collections catalogs
  • Exhibit mounting materials
  • Conservation of photographs and documents. 
In addition, funds may be used to cover consultant fees for preparing historic structure reports, organizational long range plans, A.D.A. compliance plans, and nomination applications for listing a property on the state and national registers of historic places. 
Some Examples of Morris County History Projects: The commission’s re-grant program funded the Pathways of History brochure and provided General Operating Support funding to the Mount Tabor Historical Society.
History Grants Available to Morris County Historic, Educational and Non Profit Groups
History Grants Available to Morris County Historic, Educational and Non Profit Groups
Richardson History House Museum in Mt. Tabor
History project grants are not intended for rehabilitation, preservation, or other work on historic buildings.

Those types of projects might be eligible for funding through the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund, at   

General Operating Support grants are intended to help history organizations meet expenses necessary to keep a historic site or museum open to the public. These costs can include insurance, security, heat, electric, other utility bills, and 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.
The Heritage Commission also welcomes applications from nonprofit agencies and organizations whose primary mission is not history based, but have archival collections, historic artifact collections, photographic collections, or are looking to develop public programs that relate to Morris County or New Jersey’s history. 
That could include veteran’s organizations, scout groups, schools, libraries and fraternal, social or civic organizations. 
Applications are available on-line at 
Questions can be directed to Heritage Commission’s Archivist/Acting Director, Peg Shultz, at 973.829.8117 or [email protected]