Essex Heritage Offers Matching Grants to Local Organizations

Photo of  the 1832 Privy at Holten House, Danvers
2014 Grant Recipient: General Israel Putnam Chapter of the DAR

Announces 2015 Partnership Grant Program

January 14, 2015 (Salem, MA) — Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), in its tradition of celebrating the region’s unique cultural heritage, announced that it will offer matching grants to Essex County organizations through its 2015 Partnership Grant Program. Recognizing the importance of providing seed money during financially challenging times, Essex Heritage will award $1,500 grants to fifteen 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 16, 2015 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 pleased to once again offer grants to local organizations that foster collaboration in our region and help us promote the region’s unique resources,” said Annie C. Harris, Essex Heritage CEO. “Over the 17-year life of the program we have provided grants to every community in Essex County – something we are proud of. And, now, more than ever, we recognize that many organizations need seed money for noteworthy projects that preserve and promote our cultural heritage.”

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

About Essex Heritage and the Essex National Heritage Area
Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs that enhance, preserve and encourage recreation, education, conservation and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley. The Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, MA. For more information, visit or call (978) 740-0444.

About the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program
The Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program is a 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 17-year old program has provided more than $1.5 million to municipalities and nonprofit organizations that steward the region’s nationally significant heritage.