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County History Partnership Program (CHPP) Grant

Grants to Somerset County, New Jersey Nonprofits,
Agencies, and IHEs 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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08/16/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Somerset County, New Jersey nonprofit organizations, units of local government, institutions of higher education, and faith-based organizations for programs with a focus on local or state history. Funding is intended to support general operating expenses and specific projects such as historic preservation research, lectures, exhibits, and oral history.

The County History Partnership Program (CHPP) enables the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) to support both existing and emerging local history organizations serving the public that provide history programming, services and development. Grant awards seek to encourage excellence in history programming at the local level.

Programs and services will increase 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.

Types of grants:

A. General Operating Support (GOS) funds provide support for the overall operations of those organizations whose missions are exclusively devoted to the public presentation of history. These funds may be used for most activities that support the organization’s history mission.

B. Special Project Grant (SP) is 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. 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 a list of Eligible Expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182134

Term of Contract:

Term of the Contract: January 1, 2020 – December 31 2020. (All grant-funded activities must be completed by December 31, 2020.)

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 under the same or different names shall not be considered.

For a list of Ineligible Expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

2020 CHPP Grant Technical Assistance Workshop - July 15, 2019

2 same day sessions offered: 2 PM and 6 PM
Location: Somerset County Administration Building
2nd Floor, Engineering Conference Room
20 Grove Street Somerville, NJ

Two free Technical-Assistance Grant-Writing Workshops, geared specifically for the County History Partnership Program Grant to familiarize and assist potential applicants with the application process, will be offered on July 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM and another one at 6:00 PM.

Please register by July 12, 2019:

Pre-Application Information:

Request for Application (RFA) responses will be received by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Manager on the deadline date. In person deliveries to the Somerset County Planning Division must arrive no later than 4:00 P.M. Application packets received after 4:00 P.M., even if postmarked August 16, 2019, will not be accepted. Faxed or emailed proposals will not be accepted.


1. Release of RFA: June 19, 2019
2. Technical Assistance Workshop: July 15, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. & 6:00 P.M.
3. Submission of Questions Deadline: July 26, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.
4. Application Deadline: August 16, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.
5. Professional Peer Panel Review: September 2019
6. Closed Meeting of the SCC&HC For Final Funding Approval: September 2019
7. Freeholder Approval by Resolution/Notification of Awards: October 2019
8. Re-Grantee Agreements (Contracts) Paperwork Sent: December 2019
9. Return Deadline for Re-Grantee Agreement: January 2020
10. Brief Interim Report Due: June 2020
11. Completion of All Grant-Funded Programming: December 31, 2020
12. Final Report Deadline: January 11, 2021

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.

Match Requirements:

- A GOS applicant must match 25% of the amount requested for General Operating Support.
- Applicants requesting a Special Project grant cannot request more than 75% of the total projected expenses of the special project, and must match 25% of the total project cost.

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 Office
P.O. Box 3000
20 Grove St.
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
Attention: 2020 CHPP Grant Application

Please direct all questions in writing via fax or email to:

Kaitlin Bundy, Manager
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Fax: 908-707-1749

Tel. (908) 203-6020

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USA: New Jersey: Somerset County