DCA and NJ Historic Trust Announce $1.2 Million

Preservation Grant Round

New Funding Available For Historic Preservation Planning Projects 


TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Richard E. Constable III today announced the New Jersey Historic Trust is now accepting applications for Historic Site Management Grants from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Eligible properties are historic sites that are listed, or are eligible for listing, in the New Jersey or National Register of Historic Places. Guidelines and applications are now posted on the website of the NJ Historic Trust, a DCA affiliated agency, at www.njht.org.

"The Historic Trust is eager to help facilitate the preservation of worthy projects by offering this latest grant round, which we know will be highly competitive," said Acting Commissioner Constable. "The grants will enable stewards of historic property in New Jersey to plan for the future restoration, repair and responsible management of their important sites."

Historic Site Management Grants, which range from $5,000 to $50,000, may be used to fund the preparation of plans and studies needed to improve site stewardship, maintenance and interpretation. The grants are available for eligible recipients such as certified nonprofit organizations and agencies of state, county or municipal government. Grant recipients are required to provide matching funds. 

"These planning grants allow historic sites to explore new uses and heritage tourism possibilities, as well as produce preservation plans and construction drawings that guide bricks-and-mortar construction projects," said Chris Perks, Historic Trust chair. "Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the grant guidelines or attend the applicant workshop prior to applying."

Potential applicants and professional consultants are invited to attend an applicant workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 18, 2012 at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown. Participants may register to attend by calling (609) 984-0473 or by emailing njht@dca.state.nj.us.   

A Declaration of Intent to Apply for funding must be submitted to the New Jersey Historic Trust by July 12, 2012. The Declaration of Intent to Apply form, guidelines and application for this grant round are available for download from the NJ Historic Trust's website at www.njht.org. To request a paper copy, call (609) 984-0473 or e-mail: njht@dca.state.nj.us.

Applications are due September 20, 2012.

The current grant round funding comes from the 2009 voter approved referendum and continues the work of the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund and the Historic Preservation Bond Program. Since 1990, the NJ Historic Trust has awarded more than $134 million in matching grants for capital and preservation planning projects in every county of the Garden State.

Established in 1967, the New Jersey Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law. Its mission is to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities.