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Christie Administration Announces Recommended List for 2012 Historic Preservation Grants

March 14, 2013

37 Historic Sites Approved by NJ Historic Trust to Receive More Than $1.4 Million in Funding

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:
http://www.state.nj.us/nj/home/features/spotlight/hurricane_sandy.shtml

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management:
http://ready.nj.gov/

New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office Hurricane Sandy Cultural Resources Recovery:
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/hpo/hurricane_sandy.htm

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

May 2012: DCA and NJHT Announce $1.2 Million Available for Historic Preservation Grants

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]