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Cultural & Heritage Awards LAP Grants

Post Date:03/05/2019 2:29 PM

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh recently presented ceremonial checks to organizations receiving grant money from the Local Arts Program (LAP) Grant. The total amount of grants awarded was $54,262.

Monies were awarded to organizations for general operating support, special projects and creative placemaking – an evolving field that promotes arts, culture and creativity to serve a community's interest while also promoting its growth. Grants were approved by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Follow this link to view photos of the ceremony.

The following organizations that received awards are listed by location:


Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra – $5,000

General operating support will allow the symphony to continue to provide enriching music programs to Somerset County residents.

 Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead – $8,500

General operating support will fund the continuation and expansion of arts programming by expanding the use of the English Barn for theater, music and community events. Monies will also help fund marketing, staff support and other operating expenses.


Bernards Township Parks and Recreation – $2,000

Special project funding will assist with the production of the award-winning Plays in the Park program for its 32nd season.


Bound Brook Revitalization Partnership – $3,500

Special project funding will support Riverfest, an annual street fair that will be held in downtown Bound Brook. Riverfest gives Somerset County visitors and residents the opportunity to see performing artists at no cost.


Adult Day Center of Somerset County – $1,000

Special project funding will aid in the implementation of a two-part, hands-on art and music program specifically geared for individuals with disabilities by using a variety of mediums. The program will also involve caregivers, families and the public. The public will be able to view completed works in the building.

Middle Earth – $4,500

Special project funding will support the Middle Earth Art House Initiative Program, which is open to all Somerset County youth through three community youth centers located in Franklin, Somerville and Bound Brook. Youth will participate in workshops to create exhibit pieces that will be submitted to public art showcases. This program provides a tangible link between positive youth development and arts education, it will help foster a sense of community and promote community education.

 Somerset County Park Commission – $4,000

Special project funding will help to expand the quality of performers and quantity of performances in the Summer Concert Series in the Park. Monies will be used to fund an initiative that will include various types of music such as jazz and blues and will provide quality performances at no cost to the public.

Bridgewater Township – $605

Creative placemaking funds will support a public mural art project that is sponsored by the Bridgewater Creative Arts Committee.


Raag-Rang – $4,500

Special project funding will support the Kal-Ke-Kalakar (Artists of the Future), that will include a summer concert, lecture, demonstration and will help to secure a larger venue for performances.

Raritan Valley Symphonic Band – $4,500

General operating support funds will be used to improve the quality of productions, revamp and update the organization's website, cover increased marketing costs and help to ensure that facilities are ADA compliant.


Arc of Somerset County – $2,500

Special project funding will help support a variety of music programs for participants who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Four public events will be held to raise public awareness about nontraditional ways for individuals with disabilities to enjoy and create music.


Villagers Theater – $2,500

General operating support will help fund theatrical productions, music workshops, a teen music workshop and an arts festival for senior residents, a summer theater arts program and other events. Monies will also support marketing and advertising.


The Coffeehouse Project, Inc. – $2,000

General operating support will fund insurance coverage, and assist with rent and increased marketing expenditures. CHP has worked with elementary and middle school children, teens, adults and senior citizens; many program participants have physical and cognitive disabilities.

About the Local Arts Program Grant

The State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant enables the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) to support local arts development within each of New Jersey’s 21 counties through a competitive grant application process by awarding funds to the designated county arts agencies (CAAs).  

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (SCC&HC) is the official agency designated in the county to apply for, receive and administer the Local Arts Program Grant program. 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 approved by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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