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New Jersey Historic Trust Awards Heritage Tourism Grants

New Jersey Historic Trust Awards Heritage Tourism GrantsCape May County Historical & Genealogical Society will use Grants to Develop and Promote Visitor-Ready Sites

TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey Historic Trust recently awarded two grants for heritage tourism projects from the “Discover NJ History” License Plate Fund. The Medford Historical Society will receive $5,000 to develop a tour highlighting the life of Dr. James Still, a 19th century African-American physician, that will incorporate several historic sites related to Dr. Still and his family. Another $5,000 grant will go to the Cape May County Historical & Genealogical Society to help create a “passport” visitor program in which five historic sites will participate.

“The Historic Trust is pleased to fund these heritage tourism projects that encourage connections between sites,” said Dorothy P. Guzzo, executive director of the New Jersey Historic Trust. “New Jersey has a rich history and potential for creating visitor experiences that explore cultural, architectural and social themes.”

The License Plate Fund was established at the recommendation of the 2010 Heritage Tourism Master Plan for New Jersey. Since 2012, 14 projects have been awarded grants totaling $48,185.

Successful projects include creation of wayside and interpretive signage, a smartphone app, a marketing guide for historic sites, and collaborative tour development. Successful grant projects will develop and promote visitor-ready sites as heritage tourism destinations. Eligible applicants include nonprofit, county, or municipal entities that may request up to $5,000. The preferred method of application is an on-line form, and grants are awarded quarterly.

For more information visit: www.njht.org/touring

The fund is supported by sales and renewals of the “Discover NJ History” license plate, which is available as a “dedicated plate” from the Motor Vehicle Commission. Plates may be also ordered from dealerships at the time of automobile purchase, or during on-line or in-person registration renewal.

Established in 1967, the New Jersey Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law. The Trust, a DCA affiliate, advances 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. For more information, visit: http://www.njht.org/dca/njht/ ###

The 1772 Foundation Announces 27 Historic Preservation Grants in New Jersey

The 1772 Foundation, partnering for a fourth year with the New Jersey Historic Trust awarded historic preservation grants totaling $290,000 to 27 private nonprofit organizations in New Jersey. The grants ranged in amount from $316 to the maximum of $15,000. Each organization had to have in place a monetary match for its grant.

Grants were for exterior painting; finishes and surface restoration; installation or upgrade of fire detection, lightning protection and security systems; porch, roof and window repair/restoration; structural foundation and sill repair/replacement; and chimney and masonry repointing. Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director, New Jersey Historic Preservation Trust, commented, "In these financially trying times when we need to make every dollar stretch even further, it has been especially important to be able to support critical capital needs that often go unattended. This program has brought new applicants and historic resources to the Trust and that has been very rewarding . . . a huge success."

Read the entire announcement.


TRENTON – The Christie Administration today announced that Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties are now available to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey’s historic places. Approximately $8 million in federal funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service for Sandy-impacted properties that are either listed in the National Register of Historic Places or identified as eligible for this listing.

Expressions of Interest are being accepted until June 30, 2014, from non-profit organizations, county or municipal government, and places of public accommodation.

Read Entire Announcement: http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2014/14_0054.htm

Go to the Sandy Grant page: http://www.njht.org/dca/njht/resources/sandy/

Christie Administration Announces Recommended List for 2012 Historic Preservation Grants

TRENTON, N.J. The Christie Administration today announced that 37 preservation planning projects at historic sites have been recommended for 2012 Historic Preservation Grants by the New Jersey Historic Trust. The recommended projects would receive a total of $1,393,084 million in matching grant funding.

The New Jersey Historic Trust Board of Trustees approved the grant recommendations at its meeting today. The recommended projects will now go before the Garden State Preservation Trust for ratification and then move on to the New Jersey Legislature for approval.

The Historic Trust s continued support for the preservation of New Jersey s heritage helps our communities maintain their sense of place and brings buildings back to active and valued use, said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. These matching grants go to projects that encourage local investment, create jobs, stimulate economic growth and attract tourism. New Jersey s history is a great asset for attracting residents and businesses to participate in our state s growth and development.

Funding for the 2012 grant round is coming from the Garden State Preservation Trust Fund, which was created to preserve open space, farmland and historic sites with money raised through voter-approved bond referendums. The New Jersey Historic Trust, a DCA affiliate, administers the historic grants from the Trust Fund.

The 2012 grant round is devoted to Historic Sites Management Grants that support non-construction activities such as conditions assessments, engineering reports, construction documents, archaeology investigations, use feasibility studies and heritage tourism initiatives. Special initiatives this year highlighted projects that addressed planning for energy conservation or heritage tourism assessments.

Every grant round is highly competitive, said Historic Trust Executive Director Dorothy P. Guzzo. The projects recommended for funding are exceptional in their design and will not only help save our state s significant history, but contribute to its economy.

When these recommended projects are approved by the Garden State Preservation Trust and the Legislature later this year, the Historic Trust will have awarded more than $149 million to 734 preservation projects since 1990.

Read the full press release here.

Hurricane Sandy Recovery

The following resources provide information, news, and tips for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.


State of New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Information Center:

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management:

New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office Hurricane Sandy Cultural Resources Recovery:

Post-Sandy Revovery Tips (pdf - includes a variety of resources from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other preservation organizations)

More resources and information


Press Releases and Announcements

February 2012: DCA & NJ Historic Trust Launch CAPITAL NEEDS SURVEY for New Jersey Historic Sites

August 2011: Governor Christie Signs Legislation To Preserve New Jersey History, Makes $10 Million Available for Preservation Grants to Protect 58 Historic Sites Across the State

Archived Press Releases

The Historic Trust in the News

The New Jersey Historic Trust and the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund are featured on page 60 of Rebuilding Community: Best Practices Toolkit For Historic Preservation And Neighborhood Redevelopment, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Download Rebuilding Community [pdf]