Foundation / Corporation
Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission
04/26/19 4:30 PM
Grants to Somerset County, New Jersey nonprofit organizations and government agencies for the preservation of historic and architecturally important sites. Funding is available for acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, and preservation projects.
The 331-year history of Somerset County has produced a rich heritage of historic and architecturally significant sites, many of which are still in existence today. These sites represent important historical events and trends, significant individuals, numerous architectural styles and illustrate craftsmanship of by-gone eras. In order to help preserve these historic sites, the voters of Somerset County approved the expansion of the existing open space and farmland acquisition trust program to include historic preservation activities.
F. Emergency acquisition, stabilization or repair of a property
G. Plans and Reports
H. Project signs and markers
For more details about eligible activities, see https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/home/showdocument?id=32890#page=4.
GrantWatch ID#: 182135
All work on projects funded through this program must be completed within two years of appropriation of grant funds.
A. Municipal governments within Somerset County
B. Somerset County Government
C. Charitable conservancies (a corporation or trust exempt from federal income taxation under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 2 U.S.C. s.501(c)(3)) whose purpose includes historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects, or the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas or objects for historic preservation purposes. Charitable conservancies submitting applications must include documentation of their tax-exempt status.
A. The property must be located in Somerset County.
B. The property must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the New Jersey Register of Historic Places or contribute to the significance of a historic district listed on the National Register or the New Jersey Register.
C. If not listed in either Register, the Property must be certified as eligible for listing by the State Historic Preservation Officer either as an individually listed site or a contributing site within a historic district.
Ownership of Project Properties:
A. The applicant must hold the property in fee simple ownership; or
B. If the applicant is not the owner, the applicant must be able to prove the possession and significant control of the property through a valid lease. The unexpired term of the lease must be 25 years or more as of January 1, 2018.
C. All properties, which are to be purchased, must be purchased in fee simple and the purchasing entity must have full control of the land.
For a list of ineligible activities and expenses, see:
- February 2019: Applications transmitted to municipalities and nonprofit organizations.
- April 26, 2019, 4:30 P.M. Deadline: Completed applications must be received in the County Cultural and Heritage Commission office on or before this time.
- May/June 2019: The Advisory Committee will evaluate applications in accordance with the review criteria established for the program. The Committee submits its findings and recommendations to the County Cultural and Heritage Commission for their review. The Commission transmits their recommendation to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
-August/September 2019: The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders makes the final decision concerning funding. All applicants are notified of the Board’s decision.
For properties that are not registered in the National Register or the New Jersey Register, a Certification Of Eligibility (COE) letter issued by the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) or proof of National and or State Register status must be included with the application. A certification letter must be requested from the SHPO at least 45 days before the application deadline.
Complete and submit a separate application for each individual project.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The application can be found in the Supporting Documents section below.
Thomas R. D'Amico, AICP/PP
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission
P.O. Box 3000
20 Grove Street
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
USA: New Jersey: Somerset County