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Mars opens submissions for the 2023 Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant

Mars announced today that it is currently accepting submissions for its 2023 Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant through November 15, 2022.

The grant provides funding for innovation in the areas of chocolate history research, scholarship and education.

Created in 2013, the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant has awarded 44 grants totaling over $470,000 to historical, educational, civic and community organizations since its inception.

Thousands of adults and children throughout North America have experienced the fascinating story of chocolate through grant-funded chocolate history exhibits, lecture series, live demonstrations, and educational programs.

“The rich history of chocolate runs in parallel with the stories of trial and triumph that mark the landscape of our nation and the globe,” said Gail Broadright, Senior Director, Premium Brands, & Family Properties. “The Forrest E. Mars Chocolate History Grant enables the creation of immersive experiences, research projects and publications that bring these stories and important cultural moments to life. It’s through the translation of these stories that we can see history through a collective lens and preserve them for future generations.”

Through its rich history and fascinating global stories, it is chocolate’s ability to connect past and present that inspires the grant.

Submissions can be made on the AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate website at

AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate is a line of artisanal chocolate products developed from ingredient that date as far back as 1750. Developed by Mars, AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate helps illuminate the stories of our collective history. From chocolate’s deep roots in Mesoamerican culture dating back 3000 years, to its essential role as a food and medicinal source for European and Colonial Families, chocolate continues to be woven through global culture and pop culture even today.

The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant, has a special emphasis on uncovering and sharing chocolate’s role in global history as well as its influence on heritage and culture. Grant funds will be awarded for project(s) that investigate and/or educate on the history of chocolate and/or the chocolate making process as well as the anticipated audience reach. The scholarship process is competitive, and the awards will be made based on merit as judged by a panel of experts. Educational impact will be at the forefront of this decision process as will attention to equity, inclusion, and diversity in the proposal.

Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant winners will be announced at the annual meeting of the Heritage Chocolate Society (HCS) scheduled for February 7-8, 2023 in Richmond, VA.

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.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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