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New Jersey Historic Trust Announces “Bricks and Mortar” Preservation Grant Awards

Nearly $3 Million Awarded to 25 Projects

JANUARY 17, 2017, TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Historic Trust today announced $2,988,859 in grant awards through the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund for 25 “bricks and mortar” capital preservation projects located at historic sites. The grants, recently approved by the Garden State Preservation Trust, will require a Legislative appropriations bill and the Governor’s approval before funds are available.

“These grants will help restore these sites and preserve their historic, architectural, and aesthetic character for generations to come,” said Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Charles A. Richman.

Funding for the current grant round is dedicated from a voter-approved constitutional amendment that created the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund, which is supported by income from the corporate business tax. The Fund will receive an annual allocation in support of historic preservation projects for planning and construction. All grantees are nonprofit organizations or entities of municipal, county and state government. All funded projects are listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places, either individually or within designated historic districts. The Preserve New Jersey Fund continues the work of the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund and voter supported referendums that have committed $140 million to more than 750 historic preservation projects since 1990.

“Each grant round is highly competitive,” explained Historic Trust Executive Director Dorothy P. Guzzo. “While we were able to fund almost half of the requested number of applications in this grant round, there is still tremendous need for financial support of historic preservation at the state, county and local levels. We are very pleased to have this ongoing source of funding to help meet those needs.”

Established in 1967, the New Jersey Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law. The Trust became a DCA affiliate in 2002 in an effort to better realign the state's smart growth initiatives with historic revitalization. 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.

For more information on the New Jersey Historic Trust and its funding programs, visit njht.org. Note: the project names are as listed on the National Register of Historic Places and may not reflect the current names of the property.

Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund Grant Recipients:

(alphabetical by County)

Red Dragon Canoe Club, Edgewater Park, Burlington County, $125,875.00
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Burlington City, Burlington County, $150,000.00
White Hill Mansion, Fieldsboro, Burlington County, $45,000.00
Goshen School, Middle Township, Cape May County, $150,000.00
Joseph Falkenburge House, Dennis Township, Cape May County, $150,000.00
Bloomfield Cemetery: Receiving Vault, Bloomfield, Essex County $66,000.00
Hoboken City Hall, Hoboken, Hudson County, $150,000.00
The Dr. Barrow Mansion, Jersey City, Hudson County, $150,000.00
Case-Dvoor Farmstead, Raritan Township, Hunterdon County, $150,000.00
St. Michael's Episcopal Church,Trenton, Mercer County, $45,000.00
All Saints' Memorial Church Complex, Navesink, Middletown, Monmouth County $150,000.00
Carlton Theatre (Count Basie Theatre), Red Bank, Monmouth County, $147,900.00
Major John Burrowes Mansion, Matawan, Monmouth County, $149,358.00
The Towers (Strauss Mansion), Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, $133,448.00
Craftsman Farms: White Cottage, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County, $150,000.00
First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon, New Vernon, Morris County, $150,000.00
Hartley Dodge Memorial, Madison, Morris County, $150,000.00
Landing Railroad Station, Roxbury Township, Morris County, $150,000.00
Nathan Cooper Grist Mill, Chester Township, Morris County, $13,200.00
Cedar Bridge Tavern, Barnegat Township, Ocean County, $150,000.00
Daniel Robert House (Somerville Borough Hall), Somerville, Somerset County, $46,360.00
Christ Episcopal Church, Newton, Sussex County $131,400.00
Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union County, $150,000.00
George A. Strong Residence, Plainfield, Union County, $114,318.00
The Clearing (Reeves-Reed Arboretum), Summit, Union County, $21,000.00

New Jersey Historic Trust 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. The Historic Trust seeks to achieve its mission by serving as a leading voice for preservation at the state level; catalyst for preservation and community revitalization activities; a full partner in state policy development and a technical and financial resource for the stewardship of historic properties.

This announcement is also available on the NJ Department of Community Affairs website HERE


The 1772 Foundation Awards Grants to New Jersey Historic Preservation Organizations - 25 grant recipients announced

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June 20, 2016, NEWPORT, RI – The 1772 Foundation, partnering for the sixth year with the New Jersey Historic Trust, awarded historic preservation grants totaling $290,000 to 25 private nonprofit organizations in New Jersey. The grants ranged in amount from $2,038 to the grant maximum of $15,000. 11 of the 25 organizations received the maximum grant amount. Each grant recipient was required to have matching funds for its project. Grants also were awarded in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Grants were provided for exterior work: painting, surface restoration, fire/security systems, repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs and windows, repairs to foundations and sills, and chimney and masonry repointing.

Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director, New Jersey Historic Preservation Trust, noted, “We are so grateful to the 1772 Foundation for its continued support of New Jersey’s historic sites. While helping to preserve a variety of wonderful historic sites, this funding has also been instrumental in leveraging private philanthropy.”

President of the 1772 Foundation, B. Danforth Ely, stated "Our small matching grants provide important funding for preventive maintenance and accurate historic restoration. Grants of this nature are relatively scarce." He added, "The organizations receiving these grants must have a match in-hand at the time of application, thus demonstrating their commitment to preserving their buildings and local community support."

The 1772 Foundation was named in honor of its first restoration project, Liberty Hall in Union, NJ, which was built in 1772 and is the ancestral home of the Livingston and Kean families. The late Stewart B. Kean was the original benefactor of The 1772 Foundation. The 1772 Foundation works to ensure the safe passage of our historic buildings and farmland to future generations. More information about The 1772 Foundation may be found at www.1772foundation.org.

A complete list of grant recipients and projects is below:

Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, $15,000 toward roof repairs/replacement for the Collingswood Scottish Rite
Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank), $15,000 toward chimney repairs
Court Street School Education Community Center (Freehold), $9,250 toward slate roof repairs and security camera installation for the Court Street School
Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society, $4,870 toward window restoration for the Benjamin Temple House/Old Ryan Farmstead
Friends of the Locktown Stone Church (Delaware Township), $15,000 toward roof refinishing for the Church
Friends of Wallisch Homestead (West Milford Township), $8,292 for exterior painting for the homestead building.
The Growing Stage -- The Children's Theatre of New Jersey (Netcong), $9,920 toward security system installation for the Palace Theatre
The Highlands Nature Friends (Ringwood), $8,500 toward chimney repairs and installation of gutters and downspouts for the Camp Midvale Dormitory Building
Historic Cold Spring Village (Lower Township), $15,000 toward repairs and painting for five buildings
InfoAge (Wall Township), $10,000 toward window repairs for the Camp Evans Historic District Marconi Hotel
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown), $15,000 toward repointing four chimneys
Morris County Historical Society (Morristown), $15,000 toward roof restoration for Acorn Hall
Morris Museum (Morristown), $15,000 toward portico roof restoration for Twin Oaks Mansion
Morven Museum & Garden (Princeton), $15,000 toward application of lime wash coating for Morven
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center (Bloomfield), $9,680 toward porch repairs and painting for the Oakes Estate
Old Barracks Association (Trenton), $12,500 toward window repair and painting for the Old Barracks
The Parker Homestead - 1665 (Little Silver), $2,038 toward roof repairs for the homestead building
Peters Valley School of Craft (Layton), $15,000 toward painting the Universalist Church/Upper Trieble House
Pinelands Preservation Alliance (Southampton), $8,650 toward lighting protection and window and door restoration for the Louden Dairy Barn
Pohatcong History & Heritage Society (Phillipsburg), $15,000 toward roof, door and window restoration for the Shimer Mansion
Proprietary House Association (Perth Amboy), $15,000 toward window repair and painting for the Proprietary House
Tewksbury Historical Society (Oldwick), $12,000 toward roof, window and door restoration for the Oldwick Carriage House
Township of Hamilton Historical Society, $9,000 toward window repair and painting for the Little Red Schoolhouse
Township of Ocean Historical Museum, $12,500 toward exterior restoration and painting for the Stucile Farms Water Tower
Whitesbog Preservation Trust (Browns Mills), $7,800 toward cedar siding installation for a worker’s cottage

A complete list of 1772 Foundation projects funded through the New Jersey Historic Trust is available HERE.

A pdf of this announcement is available HERE.


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


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)

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