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Over $2 million in Middlesex County Arts, History, and Historic Preservation & Capital Grants awarded for 2021

Over $2 million in Middlesex County Arts, History, and Historic Preservation & Capital Grants awarded for 2021

(MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ) -- Middlesex County has announced the 2021 Arts & History Grant Awards in the amount of $2,008,422 to 100 municipal agencies and local nonprofit arts and history organizations. 

Currently, three types of funding opportunities are available: General Operating Support, Program Support, and Historic Preservation & Capital Grants. The grant cycle opens each summer with the announcement of the grant guidelines and a series of Grant Writing Workshops, which were held virtually last year.

Funding for these grants is made possible by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. Middlesex County funding partners include the New Jersey Historical Commission and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

With a strong tradition of supporting arts, culture, and history, Middlesex County aspires to reach all County residents through these funded programs and directly through virtual and in-person programming providing by the Arts Institute of Middlesex County.

The Division of Arts & History, located at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, provides programs such as technical assistance workshops, arts and history lectures, artist interviews, folklife events and workshops, cultural foodways tutorials and kits, makerspace workshops, arts education programs, public art partnerships, and a variety of interactive arts and wellness programs for seniors and veterans.

The following is a list of total funding amounts by discipline:


* Dance total amount granted: $ 311,100

* Festivals/Folklife total amount granted: $148,166

* Multidisciplinary total amount granted: $273,299

* Music/Choral total amount granted: $116,925

* Public Art total amount granted: $19,900

* Theatre total amount granted: $943,782

* Visual Art total amount granted: $56,500

* Writing/Spoken Word total amount granted: $6,750


* History total amount granted: $102,000

* Historic Preservation and Capital total amount granted: $30,000

Middlesex County is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities, 18 park systems, and world-class healthcare and research facilities making it one of the nation’s most dynamic regions and a leader in technology, transportation, the arts, and food innovation. As one of the most diverse populations in the country, Middlesex County is home to over 832,000 residents living throughout 25 municipalities and employing nearly 40,000 people. Ranked #1 in the state for best schools, the County offers an award-winning vocational school system, a county college, and workforce development creating a unique ecosystem in which opportunities abound. Conveniently located between New York and Philadelphia, Middlesex County is a leading destination for businesses and residents alike to live, work, and play – and has been since the 17th century.  

originally published: 02/25/2021

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