Essex Heritage Launches 20th Anniversary By Announcing Matching Grants for Local Heritage Projects

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), in keeping with its long tradition of supporting the region’s unique cultural heritage, announces the 2016 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program. In celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary, Essex Heritage will award $2,000 grants to twenty (20) organizations that steward the region's nationally significant heritage.

Essex Heritage is currently accepting online applications from municipalities and qualified nonprofit organizations whose projects support Essex Heritage's mission to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. Applicants have until Monday, February 15, 2016 to apply in one of three categories:

  • Education: Create or further develop educational opportunities for youth.
  • Interpretation: Increase awareness and understanding of the region’s heritage.
  • Preservation: Preserve or enhance historic structures, landscapes and cultural resources.

Detailed information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including application materials and guidelines, can be found at

“Essex Heritage is thrilled to celebrate the launch of its 20th anniversary year by offering grants for local projects that foster the enlightened stewardship of Essex County’s truly remarkable history, places, and stories,” said Annie C. Harris, Essex Heritage CEO. “We are proud to have provided funding to every community in Essex County through the grant program. And yet we recognize that many organizations still need seed money for worthwhile projects that preserve and promote our unique cultural heritage.”

For more information visit or call Essex Heritage at 978-744-0444.

About the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program
The Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program is a reimbursable, matching grant program created to foster and support the stewardship activities of municipalities and organizations that share its mission to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County). Impacting many in the region, the 18-year old program has provided more than $1.9 million to municipalities and nonprofit organizations that steward the region’s nationally significant heritage.