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Cultural & Heritage Awards CHPP Grants

Post Date:03/04/2019 1:26 PM

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh recently presented ceremonial checks to organizations receiving grant money from the County History Partnership Program (CHPP) grant. The total amount of grants awarded was $24,750.

Monies were granted to organizations for general operating support and special projects. Grants were approved by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Follow this link to see photos of the ceremony.

The following organizations that received awards are listed by location:


Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead – $3,000

Special project grant funding will support the installation of portable panels that display photos, text and maps explaining the history of the Farmstead. The portable panels also will be used as a tool for outreach to local schools, community organizations and senior centers.

Historical Society of the Somerset Hills – $1,500

General operating support will help replace two museum display cases at the Historical Society’s headquarters in Basking Ridge. The display cases are essential for conserving and sharing local artifacts.


Revitalization Partnership – $3,000

Special project funding will support marketing efforts and staffing for the Battle of Bound Brook historic site walking tour. These efforts will boost public awareness and attract more visitors, which will help to sustain 150 businesses in downtown Bound Brook.


Heritage Trail Association – $4,500

Special project funding will support a scholarly symposium that celebrates the 240th anniversary of the winter cantonment of George Washington's Continental Army at Middlebrook in 1778. In June, the Heritage Trail Association will host a daylong program at the Bridgewater Township Municipal Complex.

The Somerset County Historical Society – $3,000

General operating support funding will help foster the society’s marketing and outreach program, address Americans with Disabilities Act issues, and help process and preserve archival collections for public display. Monies also will help purchase insurance and pay for utilities and speaker fees.


Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services – $3,000.

Special project funding will support a series of 10 interactive educational programs conducted by historians. Programs will be held at the six county-operated senior centers, which serve residents age 60 and above including low-income, minorities and people with physical disabilities.


Borough of South Bound Brook – $3,000

Special project funding will support the design and implementation of an exterior kiosk to be placed near the barn of the Abraham Staats House. The kiosk will provide information about the original barn, agricultural practices, other buildings of the Abraham Staats plantation, and life in the 18th and 19th centuries through text and images. Visitors will also be able to access an audio link to listen to the information.

Friends of the Abraham Staats House – $3,750

General operating support will help the Friends of the Abraham Staats House expand its interpretation of the Staats family household and explore the many connections to local, state and national history through exhibits, programming and social media. Grant funding will support the design and implementation of an interior exhibit focused on the lives of the Staats family, as well as other people who lived or stayed at the homestead including Baron von Steuben who used the home as his military headquarters during the American Revolution.

About the County History Partnership Program Grant

The CHPP grant was created by the New Jersey Historical Commission in 2015 so that New Jersey’s 21 counties would have the opportunity to receive grants for programs and services that will benefit diverse public audiences. The state commission supports existing and emerging local history organizations and other eligible nonprofit organizations through the administration of regranting.

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is the official agency designated in Somerset County to apply for, receive and administer the annual CHPP grants. The grant applications are approved through an independent panel of peers who evaluate and provide recommendations for the allocation of funding. Recommendations are submitted to the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission for approval and are then authorized by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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