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Mars opens submissions for the Forrest E. Mars Jr Chocolate History Research Grant

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HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., U.S. — Mars Wrigley has announced that it is currently accepting submissions for its 2020 Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant through December 30, 2019. The grant provides funding for innovation in the areas of chocolate history research, scholarship and education. A minimum of $30,000 in grant money will be awarded.

“At Mars, we believe that chocolate has played an intrinsic role in our collective global heritage and culture,” said Gail Broadright, Director Mars Sponsorships and Family Properties. “The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant was created to support institutions dedicated to revealing these stories, sharing them with the public, and preserving them for future generations.”

Submissions can be made on the American Heritage® Chocolate website at https://www.americanheritagechocolate.com/grants/grant-application/. American Heritage Chocolate is a line of artisanal chocolate with flavors inspired by ingredient lists from the 18th century. American Heritage Chocolate helps illuminate the stories of our collective history – from chocolate’s Mesoamerican roots, dating back over 3500 years, to its place in the lives of European and Colonial American families, to its role in popular culture today.

Launched in 2013 the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant is named after one of the late owners of Mars, Inc and fierce advocate of preserving and sharing the history of the Americas.

The grant has a special emphasis on uncovering and sharing chocolate’s role in global history. Grant funds will be awarded for project(s) that investigate and/or educate the public on the history of chocolate and/or the chocolate making process from a cultural, historic and/or scientific perspective(s).

The scholarship process is competitive, and the awards will be made based on merit as judged by a committee of experts. Educational impact will be at the forefront of this decision process.

Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant winners will be announced at the annual meeting of the Heritage Chocolate Society (HCS) scheduled for January 27-28, 2020. HCS is a group of history leaders and professionals formed in 2003 with the mission to uncover the collective history of chocolate, and share the stories of its cultural, and socioeconomic impact to educate the global community.

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