Mercer County Executive, Brian M. Hughes, the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the county’s Division of Culture and Heritage announced that application forms and guidelines for the County’s FY20 Mercer County LAP grants and the Mercer County History Regrant programs are now available online on the County’s website www.mercercounty.org/departments/culture-and-heritage/

The Mercer County Local Arts Program (LAP) grants are available to eligible Mercer County-based non-profits, libraries, units of local government and institutions of higher education offering arts programming and events. The Mercer County History Regrants support eligible County-based nonprofit historic societies, history organizations, local government entities, schools, libraries and other Mercer County non-profits offering local historic programming and events. Each program offers General Operating (GOS) or Special Project (SP) grants for eligible not-for-profit organizations and historical sites.

Proposed projects to be funded through this FY20 round of grants must take place during the calendar year 2020 (January 1 – December 31, 2020). Deadline for submission of the FY20 grants is July 12, 2019. The Division of Culture & Heritage is offering free grant-writing workshops for local non-profits on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton, NJ. Organizations may sign up for either the 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. session by emailing their name, organization’s name and telephone number to tfagan@mercercounty.org by noon on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Organizations are encouraged to review the online Guidelines for information for eligibility requirements. For questions or to request a hard copy of either grants package, contact Tricia Fagan at tfagan@mercercounty.org

The Local Arts Program (LAP) grants are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The County’s History Regrants are made possible with funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission’s County History Partnership Program (CHPP) and Mercer County’s Cultural and Heritage Commission. Both grant programs are administered by the County’s Division of Culture & Heritage and supported by the County of Mercer.