Potential Grantees to Learn Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today announced that the New Jersey Historic Trust is still taking registrations for its free applicant workshop for potential grantees that have applied for Historic Site Management Grants as a part of the 2012 Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund Grant Round. This informational workshop is being held on July 18, 2012 at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown from 1 – 3 p.m.

“This latest grant round, which offers historic site management grants, will provide applicants with the resources needed to plan for the future restoration, repair and responsible management of their important sites,” said Commissioner Constable. “Applicants should take advantage of this upcoming workshop, which will provide first-hand access to Historic Trust staff.”

Potential applicants and professional consultants are invited to attend this workshop, which will present eligibility and evaluation criteria from the Grant Guidelines and review the application document and decision-making process.  Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of the guidelines and application.  The Trust staff will be available for questions during and after the presentation.   

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. 

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

“Applicants should read the grant guidelines or attend the applicant workshop prior to applying,” said Dorothy Guzzo, New Jersey Historic Trust Executive Director.  “This workshop will provide a forum to learn more about the application document and the decision-making process and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.”

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 To request a paper copy, call (609) 984-0473 or e-mail:

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.

Applicants can register by calling (609) 984-0473 or by emailing   No refreshments will be served; vending machines are available.

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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.