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The New Jersey Historic Trust and NJ Historic Preservation Office have updated the Historic Structure Reports & Preservation Plans: A Preparation Guide (PDF).

Originally published in 1998, this document has been reformatted and revised and includes a new section on Vulnerability and Hazard Assessment. We are seeking feedback on this draft document before final publication. In the past two decades, this document has been a useful guide for restoring and rehabilitating historic sites, not just in New Jersey but nationally as well. Your input is essential to ensuring that this document continues to provide meaningful guidance for the treatment of historic properties.

Comments may be submitted via email to dorothy.guzzo@dca.nj.gov until September 30, 2015. Please use the subject line “HSR & PP Update Comments.”

Thank you for your participation!

This publication has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and administered by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. The contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity; National Park Service; 1849 C Street NW; Washington, D.C. 20240.

New Jersey Historic Trust Announces New Funding Round

March 26, 2015 - New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today announced that New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliate of the DCA, is now accepting applications for the Corporate Business Tax (CBT) Historic Preservation Fund.  Applications must be submitted by June 25, 2015. 

Governor Christie’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget allocates $1.4 million in historic preservation grant funds from the CBT revenue to be administered by the DCA. The amount of available funding is pending resolution of the fiscal year 2016 budget. This year’s grant round is for capital preservation grants.  The maximum grant request is $150,000 and requires a match of $2 for every $3 in award money.

Capital preservation grants may be used for construction expenses related to the preservation, restoration, repair, and rehabilitation of historic property and professional fees necessary to prepare and complete the construction project. All proposed projects should be supported by previous investigations, such as preservation plans or assessments. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit organizations or units of county or municipal government.  Eligible properties must be listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places by December 31, 2015.

The Historic Trust requests that Letters of Intent to Apply be submitted by all potential applicants by April 14, 2015. Potential applicants will be asked to provide information about their organization, property ownership, historic registration and anticipated grant request. Lettes of intent may be submitted on line at : https://fs19.formsite.com/NJHT/CBTintent/index.html .

Applications and guidelines are available on the Trust’s web site starting April 2, 2015. To request an application by mail, call (609) 984-0473 or e-mail: njht@dca.nj.gov.

Potential applicants and professional consultants are invited to attend a workshop on May 14, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown.  Program staff will present the guidelines for the fiscal year 2016 grant program and answer questions about the application process.  Interested applicants can reserve a space at the workshop by calling 609-984-0473 or by emailing njht@dca.nj.gov.

This is the first grant round under the new CBT Historic Preservation Fund, which was created when New Jersey voters approved a change to the state constitution to provide a stable source of funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation by dedicating funds from Corporate Business tax revenue. Since 1990, the Historic Trust has awarded $137 million in historic preservation planning and capital grants through the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund (2000-2012) and Historic Preservation Bond Program (1990-1997)

Created by the State Legislature, the New Jersey Historic Trust is a nonprofit historic preservation organization affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs. Governed by a 15-member board of trustees, the mission of the Trust 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. For more information visit: www.njht.org

Christie Administration Announces $11 Million in Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties

November 19, 2014  TRENTON – The Christie Administration today unveiled a list of historic properties selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

After review by the New Jersey Historic Trust, 37 Sandy-impacted sites were deemed eligible for some $8 million in grants. Sites are located in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset and Union counties. Major projects include the Hoboken Public Library, Newark Museum, Ventnor City Hall, Acorn Hall in Morristown, and the Romer Shoal Lighthouse near Sandy Hook. 

In addition, grants were approved for two Sandy battered state historic properties: $2 million towards the restoration of the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at Liberty State Park in Jersey City and $500,000 towards a structure and shoreline protection project at historic East Point Lighthouse in Maurice River Township in Cumberland County. 

“These grants will help finance the vitally important task of preserving and sustaining our state’s heritage, to restore and protect important links to the past that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy,’’ said Commissioner Martin, whose agency oversees the State Historic Preservation Office.

“This restoration work will allow future generations to fully enjoy and treasure these historic sites, which enhance the quality of life for all residents of New Jersey, ’’ added State Historic Preservation Office Administrator Dan Saunders.

For a full list of grant awards, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/docs/grant-awards.pdf

The federal funding is being 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 such a listing. This includes individually listed properties and those contributing to a historic district.

The money was appropriated from the federal Historic Preservation Fund, which is financed by federal Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues, not tax dollars. 

Expressions of Interest were accepted from non-profit organizations, county or municipal government, places of public accommodation and religious properties. Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties will fund up to $500,000 to repair historic and archaeological resources impacted by Sandy.
All repairs must be completed consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

The circa 1889 historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at Liberty State Park was overwhelmed by a massive and damaging tidal surge during Sandy. The $2 million earmarked for the Terminal will be used towards reconstruction of interior and for infrastructure restoration. Visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/liberty.html

At the other end of the state, in Delaware Bay, the $500,000 approved for the East Point Lighthouse is a match towards a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project that will protect the lighthouse and an adjacent archaeological site, and also will create and protect habitat of Horseshoe Crabs and the Red Knots that feed on the crab eggs during the annual Red Knots’ migration. Visit: http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=372

These federal grant funds are paid to applicants on a reimbursement basis, according to the progress of completed work and approval of all work by program staff. No match is required for these grant funds.

The DEP’s State Historic Preservation Office is partnering with the New Jersey Historic Trust, which is an affiliated agency of the state Department of Community Affairs, to administer the Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties. 

The State Historic Preservation Office’s mission is to assist the residents of New Jersey in identifying, preserving, protecting and sustaining New Jersey’s historic and archaeological resources through the implementation of the State’s historic preservation program.

The New Jersey Historic Trust’s 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.

For information on Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties, visit www.njht.org/resources/sandy



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.

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

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]