Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

KEY SEPT. 15 AND DEC. 4 DEADLINES FOR ELIGIBILITY

The Morris County Heritage Commission has received $43,520 in state funding to provide grants for local history projects throughout the county.

History Grants Available in Morris County from County Heritage CommissionThe Commission’s “re-grant program,’’ financed by the New Jersey Historical Commission, supports a variety of efforts to increase appreciation, knowledge, and preservation of Morris County’s history.

Organizations, such as historical societies, museums, and historic preservation societies, are eligible to apply for either General Operating Support or a Project Grant between $1,000 and $7,000. Fraternal, veterans’, education, youth and ethnic organizations are invited to apply for project grants ranging from $500 to $5,000. No cash match is required.

A Declaration of Intent is due Sept. 15 to be eligible for a grant. Finalized applications are due on Dec. 4, with awards to be announced the week of January 20, 2019.

History Grants Available in Morris County from County Heritage Commission

The J.-Smith-Richardson History House in Mount Tabor is just one example of preserved history in Morris County

Examples of 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 nominations, historic site preservation planning documents, and organizational long-range 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 from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund (www.morrispreservation.org).

Operating (GOS) grants are intended to assist history organizations to meet expenses to keep a historic site or museum open to the public. These costs can include insurance, heat, electric, and other utility bills, plus costs associated with maintaining an internet presence and security system.

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

The Commission welcomes applications from nonprofit agencies and organizations, such as veterans’ organizations, youth groups, schools, libraries, fraternal organizations, men’s/women’s clubs, and ethnic/cultural groups whose primary mission is not history.

Public programs, archival projects, conservation of textiles and exhibit curatorial consultant expenses are among the types of projects eligible.

Application materials are available on-line on the Heritage Commission website www.morrisheritage.net.  Questions regarding the program can be directed to the Commission’s Archivist/Acting Director, Peg Shultz, at 973.829.8117, or by email to [email protected].