Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - The Mercer County Division of Culture and Heritage is conducting grant-writing workshops on Monday, March 31 and Thursday, April 3, 2008, County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced. The workshops offer a practical, interactive experience for staff, board members and volunteers from the County's nonprofit arts and history organizations that are new to grant-writing or are looking for tips for developing successful grants. The application process and eligibility requirements for the County's "Local Arts" and "History Regrant" programs will be reviewed.

The March 31 session, "Grant Writing De-Mystified," will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library system, 2751 Brunswick Pike, at Darrah Lane, in Lawrence. The April 3 session will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mercer County Joyce McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street, Trenton, Room 211.

Division staff member Tricia Fagan, a non-profit administrator and consultant with more than 20 years experience, will conduct the workshops.

The workshops are free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information or to register for either workshop, call the Division of Culture and Heritage at (609) 278-2712; NJ Relay Users dial 609-989-6865 (TTY) or email ltramo@mercercounty.org. Registration deadline is Friday, March 28, 2008.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State.