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County History Partnership Program (CHPP) Grant

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and
Faith-Based Organizations for Local History Programs

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Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission (SCC&HC) and New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC)

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09/14/21 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, units of local government, institutions of higher education, and faith-based organizations in eligible locations for programs with a focus on local or state history. Funding is intended to support general operating expenses and special projects. Eligible applicants are located in Somerset County.

The County History Partnership Program (CHPP) enables the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) to support existing and emerging local history organizations, and other eligible nonprofit organizations providing history projects, programs, services to benefit diverse public audiences. Funds granted are used to support applicants that provide history programming, services, and development. Grant awards are competitive and seek to encourage excellence in history programming at the local level.

Grant Types:

  • General Operating Support (GOS): GOS is limited to nonprofit organizations whose missions are exclusively devoted to the public presentation of history. GOS funds provide support for the overall operations of these organizations for the calendar year; although there are specific uses for GOS funds that are considered ineligible (See the RFA for Eligible and Ineligible Expenses: GOS funds may be used for most activities that support the organization’s history mission. 
  • Special Project Grant (SP): Open to any organization that meets the eligibility requirements. A special project is a specific, well-planned project that brings quality history programming to the community and has defined start and completion dates. The project may contain multiple events or activities, but these must be clearly related by discipline or theme. Special projects must be focused on New Jersey history and benefit the general public in Somerset County. Priority will be given to projects focused on or related to the 250th anniversary of American Independence. Focusing on this initiative is not required, but encouraged. Examples of Special Projects (include but are not limited to):
    • Original Research for and preparation of nominations to the National Historic Register or the New Jersey Register of Historic Places or research in connection with historic preservation projects.
    • Oral History projects such as documenting the experience of veterans, new immigrants and voice of people previously not heard (e.g., women, diverse communities, etc.) and the costs of transcriptions.
    • Publications including research to prepare, write, edit and print.
    • Public Programming such as lectures or exhibitions on local or New Jersey history.
    • Digital Media, digitization projects of historic material not available at other depositories.

For Special Project eligible expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182134

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

1. Organization must be Somerset County-based, operating as a:
- Non-profit organization - 501(c)3 or 501(c)4*
- Unit of local government
- Institution of higher education or**
- Faith-based organization**

*Non-profit organizations must be incorporated in the state of New Jersey as a non-profit organization and submit a copy of this ruling from the Internal Revenue Service documenting tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 and must be current with their 990 filing; or a unit of local government, institution of higher learning or faith-based organization providing proof of tax-exempt status.

**Programs in educational or religious institutions that do not actively seek a wide general public audience are ineligible. However, afterschool programs utilizing school or faith-based facilities, broadly advertised as open to and welcoming the general public are eligible for funding.

2. Organization must provide a program or service that increases public access to New Jersey history and/or expand upon the knowledge of New Jersey history, or seek to improve management of a local history organization.
3. Organization must have provided public history programs and/or services in Somerset County for the benefit of the general public for at least two years prior to application.
4. Organization must provide proof of stability and fiscal responsibility.

GOS is limited to non-profit organizations whose missions are exclusively devoted to the public presentation of history.

More than one applicant from an individual, a firm or partnership, a corporation or association, municipality or nonprofit under the same or different names shall not be considered.

Organizations may not receive grants from both the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the New Jersey State Historical Commission within the same funding cycle.

SCC&HC will not accept applications or award grant funds to organizations applying to or receiving CHPP grants from other County Cultural and Heritage Commissions.

For General Operating Support ineligible expenses, see

Special Project ineligible expenses:
- Field trips, if that is the only component of the project
- Purchase of books or prepackaged instructional materials
- Purchase of items for collections
- Purchase of refreshments for the project’s audience
- Retroactive funding (for example, an exhibition proposal may not include a request for funding for exhibition research completed before the submission of the application)

For examples of ineligible Special Projects, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance Workshops will be held on July 28, 2021 at 5:00 P.M., August 10, 2021 at 10:00 A.M., and August 26, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. via ZOOM. A link will be sent out via email prior to each workshop and sign up will be posted on the County website.

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Please register no later than 2 PM the day prior to the workshop you wish to attend.

Pre-Application Information:

Sealed Request for Application (RFA) responses will be received by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Manager on September 14, 2021, at 4:00 P.M.

Grant Program Schedule:
1. Release of RFA: July 14, 2021
2. Technical Assistance Workshops (Virtual):
- July 28, 2021 at 5:00 P.M.
- August 10, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.
- August 26, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.
3. Submission of Questions Deadline: August 31, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.
4. Application Deadline: September 14, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.
5. Professional Peer Panel Review: October 2021
6. Closed Meeting of the SCC&HC For Final Funding Approval: November 2021
7. Commissioner Approval by Resolution/Notification of Awards: December 2021
8. Re-Grantee Contracts Paperwork Sent: January 2022
9. Return Deadline for Re-Grantee Contracts: February 2022
10. Brief Interim Report Due: June 2022
11. Completion of All Grant-Funded Programming: December 31, 2022
12. Final Report Deadline: January 10, 2023

The County of Somerset Cultural & Heritage Commission is maintaining Social Distancing; therefore, it is encouraged to Mail in your RFA responses in a timely manner via USPS, UPS, and FedEx, etc. If they must be hand-delivered, potential respondents may drop them off at the Main Entrance of the County’s Administration Building and a Sheriff’s Officer will contact the Cultural & Heritage Commission to receive the responses. In-person deliveries to the Somerset County Planning Division will be subject to current County policies and must arrive no later than 4:00 P.M. Application packets received after 4:00 P.M., even if postmarked September 14, 2021, will not be accepted.

New for 2022: All applicants must include plans for virtual or other alternatives to proposed programming to comply with County and State health and safety regulations.

An initial payment of 75% of the total award will be made as soon as the submitted Re-grantee Agreement and all attachments have been approved and fully authorized by the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners. At the end of the grant period, having received the Re-grantee’s Final Report and verifying that all terms of the original agreement have been satisfied, the remaining 25% of the award balance will be paid.

Questions by prospective applicants concerning this RFA may be addressed to Kaitlin Bundy, Cultural and Heritage Commission Manager for the County of Somerset in writing via fax or by email.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application to:

Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission
P.O. Box 3000/20 Grove St.
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
Attention: 2022 CHPP Grant Application

Please direct all questions in writing to:

Kaitlin Bundy, Manager
Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission
Voice: (908) 203-6020
Fax: (908) 707-1749

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