Burlington County announces grant awards for local arts, history groups

Twenty-six Burlington County arts and history organizations will receive awards that support a variety of activities and programs.

Special to The Sun: Burlington County Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell speaks with a reenactor during the dedication of a monument in Mount Holly that commemorates the Battle of Iron Works Hill. The commissioners approved a $3,543 grant for Mount Holly to support its Revolutionary War Project.

Twenty-six Burlington County arts and history organizations will receive close to $200,000 in local arts and historic preservation grants this year to help support their operations and special events.

The Burlington County Commissioners approved the individual grants earlier this month, saying they reflect a substantial increase in funding for local arts and history groups.

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“Burlington County is home to incredible history and a diverse arts scene and they both play an enormous role in the county’s stellar quality of life,” said Burlington County Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell. “These grants will assist local towns, historical societies, museums and other nonprofits preserve and enhance many of our county’s most important historic sites, as well as help educate people about their importance. Similarly, these grants will allow numerous local arts groups to continue operating, performing and developing new and exciting programs that bring culture and visitors to our communities.”

A total of $47,574 in local history grants were awarded to 11 organizations, up from the $31,716 awarded in 2021. Another $152,350 in arts grants were awarded to 15 organizations, up from the $42,000 awarded in arts grants distributed in 2021.

The larger grants are the result of state funding increases and the board’s decision last year to raise the caps on the arts grants and to eliminate the matching funds requirement for both programs.

The grants were awarded by the county as part of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s County History Partnership Program and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Local Arts Program. All 26 awards will support a variety of activities and programs, including general operations, marketing, special exhibits, classes, performances and the development of museum exhibits.

The awards include five first time applicants for the history grants and two first time applicants for arts grants.

The first-time history recipients are the Bordentown Historical Society, Mount Holly Township, the Riverfront Historical Society, Springfield Township and Evesham Township. The first-time recipients of an arts grant are the Haaf Family Arts Foundation and the South Jersey Artist Collective.

“We know many of these arts and history organizations were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and we’re thrilled to be able to distribute larger awards this year to help them recover and launch new programs or projects,” O’Connell said. “We’re also pleased to see several new grant recipients and project proposals so this funding can impact more people.”

A full list of individual grants can be found on the county’s website at www.co.burlington.nj.us.

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