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2024 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program


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Funding Source
County of Union
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey: Union County

Important Dates
LOI Date: 10/18/23
Deadline: 10/25/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $3,000 to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, libraries, scholars, and artists in eligible locations for programs in the areas of humanities, arts, and history. First-time applicants must submit a draft of their application prior to applying. Applicants must be based in Union County.

Projects funded under the HEART Grant Program must directly benefit Union County residents and increase appreciation for Union County history, the arts and humanities, demonstrating that cultural assets are a vital part of community life, education and wellbeing, economic development, and cultural heritage tourism. 

The Union County Board of County Commissioners will give paramount consideration to projects that:

  • Showcase Union County-based arts or historical resources
  • Engage County residents of all ages
  • Encourage participation by Union County’s diverse populations in all aspects of arts, history and cultural activities within the county
  • Are submitted by new applicants or that propose new projects

Eligible programs and projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Performances, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations
  • Arts- or history-in-education projects
  • Educational projects that focus on Union County or local history
  • Programs promoting cultural diversity and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assistive services: sign or audio interpretation, rental of listening devices, large print programs, etc.
  • Programs for underserved populations (youth, seniors, special needs)

Funds may be used for artist or speaker fees, coordinators, technical crew and other professional fees, rentals, postage, printing, web subscriptions (such as video conferencing), supplies, etc. that are related to the project. Applicants should hire only Union County or New Jersey artists unless special permission has been granted beforehand.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Criteria:
- Applicants must be Union County-based non-profit organizations, units of local government, libraries, and individual artists and scholars who live in Union County.
- Programs and projects must occur in Union County.
- Organizations must have tax exemption status under Section 501(c) (3) or (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code or be pending same.
- Colleges and other educational or religious institutions are eligible if the proposed activity is open to the general public and is separate from religious observance.
- Individuals may apply for funds to support projects that benefit the Union County public. Grant funds exceeding $600 received by individuals in any one year are taxable and must be reported to the IRS in the year they are received.
- Grants will be awarded to support specific public programs or projects only and not for general operating support.
- Past recipients who plan to present the same project must explain why this project should be funded again.

NEW: If your organization has applied for funding from the 2024 Union County Local Arts Program (LAP), you are NOT eligible to apply for a 2024 HEART Grant.

Grant funds may not be used for:
- General administrative salaries
- Scholarships or prizes
- Purchase of artwork or artifacts
- Capital improvements
- Hospitality costs (food and beverages)
- Reimbursement of deficits
- Assembly type programs or fashion shows
- Fundraising events for non-arts/history organizations

Pre-Application Information
First-time applicants' deadline is October 18, 2023.
Full Application deadline is October 25, 2023.

First time applicants only are required to submit an early draft of the applications narrative and project budget page.

An organization or individual may submit one application for the grant year.

Cash match requirements for organizational applicants only:
- Grant requests of $1,000 or under have no cash match requirement.
- Grant requests of $1,001 to $3,000 must match at least 25% in cash.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Individuals may request a maximum of $1,000 (no cash match required).
- Organizations may request a maximum of $3,000.

Term of Contract
The 2023 HEART Grant round is for projects taking place between January 1, 2024 and
December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Applications for 2024 must be completed on-line at the OCH&A Grant portal:

For questions about this grant program, contact Rich Palmatier
HEART Grant Program Coordinator: or call 908-558-2550.
Fax: (908) 558-2652
NJ Relay 711

Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Attention: HEART Grant Coordinator

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