Volume 4 • Issue 2 2006 fall Home
Grants Announcements
Historical Commission awards grants for general operating support

The New Jersey Historical Commission met on July 20 in New Brunswick and approved $3,184,500 in general operating support grants to 82 historical organizations throughout the state.

The Historical Commission’s general operating support grants are designed to assist organizations that preserve, promote, or provide programs that increase public understanding and appreciation of New Jersey’s heritage. These grants can be used to pay basic expenses such as salaries, hourly wages, utilities, leases, and postage. Funding for the grant program comes from a portion of the revenue produced by the state’s hotel and motel occupancy fee.

According to Michael Fernandez, acting chair of the Commission, "Tourism is one of New Jersey's major industries, and grants from the Historical Commission help make our state's historic sites and museums more attractive destinations for visitors, which has a direct and positive effect on New Jersey’s economy."

The following is a list of grant recipients by county.

Atlantic County
Absecon Lighthouse/IPPA, $40,500
Atlantic County Historical Society, $7,000
Save Lucy Committee, Inc., $41,400

Bergen County
Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs, $25,000
Friends of the Hermitage, Inc., $50,400
Meadowlands Museum, $9,000
Pascack Historical Society, $5,000
Waterworks Conservancy, Inc., $16,000

Burlington County
Alice Paul Institute, Inc., $45,000
Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc., $5,000
Whitesbog Preservation Trust, $20,000

Camden County
Camden County Historical Society, $25,000
Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc., $27,000

Cape May County
Avalon Museum and Historical Society, $8,000
Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage, $18,000
Cape May County Historical & Genealogical Society, $18,000
Center for Community Arts, $25,000
Historic Cold Spring Village, $91,800
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, $357,300
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, $31,500
Ocean City Historical Museum, Inc., $10,000

Cumberland County
Bayshore Discovery Project, $66,600
Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission, $13,000
Millville Army Air Field Museum, $8,000
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, $63,000

Essex County
Montclair Historical Society, $23,000
New Jersey Historical Society, $338,400
Newark Public Library, $54,000

Hudson County
Hoboken Historical Museum, $57,600

Hunterdon County
Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, $23,000
Lambertville Historical Society, Inc., $7,000
Readington Museums, $12,000

Mercer County
City of Trenton, 1719 William Trent House Museum, $32,400
David Sarnoff Library, $27,000
Historical Society of Princeton, $85,500
Howell Living History Farm, $34,200
Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, $10,000
Old Barracks Association, $42,300
Preservation New Jersey, Inc., $54,000
Princeton University Library, Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, $36,000
Trent House Association, $12,000
Trenton Historical Society, $7,000

Middlesex County
Genealogical Society of New Jersey, $10,000
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, $126,900
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers Univ. Libraries, $117,900
Thomas Edison Papers, $109,800

Monmouth County
Allaire Village, Inc., $13,000
Monmouth County Historical Association, $99,900

Morris County
Canal Society of New Jersey, $7,000
Historic Sites of Morris County Park Commission, $82,800
Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest, $10,000
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, $18,000
Morris County Heritage Commission, $25,000
Morris County Historical Society, $31,500
Morris Museum, $33,300
Morristown & Morris Township Public Library, $43,200
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, $52,200
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, $40,500

Ocean County
Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen’s Museum, Inc., $25,000
Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission, $18,000

Passaic County

American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, $24,000
Friends of Long Pond Ironworks, Inc., $7,500
Passaic County Historical Society, $16,000

Salem County
Salem County Historical Society, $44,100

Somerset County
Crossroads of the American Revolution, $14,000
Friends of the Abraham Staats House, Inc., $7,000
Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, $18,000
Heritage Trail Association, $20,000
Meadows Foundation, Inc., $18,000
Save Ellis Island, Inc., $27,000

Sussex County
Lenape Lifeways Educational Programs, Inc., $7,500
Montague Association for Restoration of Community History, $5,000

Union County
Cranford Historical Society, $5,000
Historical Society; Elizabeth, NJ, Inc., $7,000
Historical Society of Plainfield, $11,000
Kenilworth Historical Society, Inc., $8,000
Merchants & Drovers Tavern Museum Association, $25,200
Plainfield Public Library, $21,000
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, $27,000
Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, $96,300

Warren County
Help Our Preservation Effort, $5,000
Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission, $23,000

For information on the New Jersey Historical Commission’s grant program, contact Mary R. Murrin, Director, Grants Program, New Jersey Historical Commission, PO Box 305, Trenton, NJ 08625; (609) 292-6062; fax (609) 633-8168; emailmary.murrin@sos.state.nj.us

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Grant Application Deadlines

General Operating Support: Letter of intent March 1, 2007; Application April 1, 2007

Project Grants: September 15, 2007

Minigrants: No deadline; reviewed throughout the year

CAPES (Caucus Archives Project Evaluation Service):  No deadline, reviewed throughout the year