The following organizations or groups are eligible to apply for grants through this program:
1. Agencies or entities of county government.
2. Agencies or entities of municipal government.
3. Agencies or entities of state government.
4. Nonprofit organizations organized under the New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act (N.J.S.A.15A:1-1 et seq.) that qualify for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue code (26 U.S.C. 501 (c)). Nonprofit applicants must include documentation of their tax-exempt status and registration with the State, and IRS letter.
To document compliance with the New Jersey Charitable Registration and Investigation Act of 1994 (CRI Act), all nonprofit organizations must include a copy of a current registration number issued by the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, Office of Consumer Protection/Charities Registration, or submit a letter from that agency confirming exemption from the requirements of charitable registration.
In addition to traditional historical organizations, eligible nonprofits may also include destination marketing organizations, tourism bureaus, chambers of commerce, etc.
The following activities and expenses are not eligible for historic site management grants:
-Acquisition of real or personal property;
-Administrative or operational costs of the agency receiving funding;
-Costs for large quantity printing of publications or brochures intended for public distribution;
-Donated materials and/or donated in-kind services;
-Food and/or beverage purchases;
-Charges for deficits or overdrafts;
-Cost of any litigation as a result of an activity supported by this grant whether determined by judicial process, arbitration, negotiation, or otherwise;
-Services, materials, or equipment obtained by a local governmental unit or nonprofit organization under any other State program;
-Contract cost overruns, not approved, which exceed the allowable amount under contract specifications;
-Costs for grant application expenses;
-Architectural plans, reports, studies related to a capital exercise;
-Work including physical improvements, alteration, repair, restoration, and/or maintenance;
-Work performed for a local government unit which has not been awarded in compliance with the State Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 52:32-1 et seq. or the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq.;
-Costs related to overseeing or managing the proposed exercise;
-Planning, refurbishing or installing permanent or temporary museum exhibits; individual signage may be an eligible activity if tied specifically to public education about the interpretation of the structure or site or if signage provides barrier-free program access to an historic site or structure; the design and content of any signage must be approved by the NJHT before fabrication; and
-Collections management including: a. Cataloging an artifact or archival collection; b. Appraising or documenting collections; c. Instituting conservation measures for artifacts; and d. Furnishing plans.