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Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund Grants

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Agencies
for Historic Preservation Projects

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New Jersey Historic Trust - Department of Community Affairs

Conf. Date:

03/04/19

Deadline Date:

05/02/19 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to New Jersey municipal and county governments and nonprofit organizations to preserve, rehabilitate, and restore state historic resources. Three types of projects are eligible: capital preservation, planning grants for heritage tourism, and the management of historic sites.

In addition to meeting basic eligibility requirements, grant applicants must demonstrate the need for and the administrative and financial capability to carry out the project; indicate how the preservation of the historic resource will be assured after the grant is expended; document the availability of funds to match the grant; and explain how the project will benefit the public. Any construction work related to providing access for handicapped or disabled persons must be in accordance with the New Jersey Barrier Free Sub code (N.J.A.C. 5:23-7), and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (Revised 2017).

Special Initiatives. For the 2019 grant round, special consideration will be given to grant proposals that address the following themes:

The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment/ Women’s History in New Jersey. The year 2020 marks the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, granting women in the United States the right to vote. In an effort to celebrate this centennial anniversary, grant proposals that incorporate New Jersey women’s heritage sites or that aim to promote women’s history in New Jersey are encouraged.

The 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution. The United States Semiquincentennial will be celebrated in 2026 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the nation and its victory in the American Revolution. Grant proposals that highlight sites involved in the American Revolution or that aim to promote New Jersey’s role in Revolutionary War are encouraged.

For more information on Historic Site Management Grants, see the RFP: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/PreserveNJ_Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=16

For more information on Heritage Tourism Planning Grants, see the RFP: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/PreserveNJ_Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=21

For more information on Capital Preservation Grants, see the RFP: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/PreserveNJ_Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=25

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182714

Estimated Size of Grant:

Level I applicants may apply for grants of $5,000 to $150,000.

Level II applicants may apply for grants of $150,001 - $750,000.

The Historic Site Management applicants may apply for grants of $5,000 to $50,000.

Heritage Tourism Planning applicants may apply for grants of $5,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

For Historic Site Management and Heritage Tourism Planning grants, a grant agreement must be in effect and work must begin within eighteen months from the date funds are appropriated by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor; otherwise the grant will be terminated.

Capital Grants: A grant agreement with the Trust for a capital grant must be in effect within 18 months from the date of the appropriation of the grant funds by the Legislature and Governor, or the grant will lapse. Also, the actual capital preservation project work funded by the Trust must begin within two years from the date project funds are appropriated by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor, otherwise, the grant will lapse. Work on a capital preservation project must be done in accord with the project schedule established in the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. 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) 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.

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.

“Match expended,” will be eligible for capital grants in the 2019 grant round. To be eligible as “match expended,” the planning or construction work must have been completed within two years prior to the time of application - May 2, 2019. No work completed before May 2, 2017 will be eligible to qualify as matching funds. No more than 25% of the project budget may be matched with “expended” funds.

No “match expended,” work that is completed prior to the date of application, will be eligible for Historic Site Management grants or for Heritage Tourism Planning grants in the 2019 grant round. Applications will only be accepted for work that is proposed for after the date of application.

Eligible Properties:

To be eligible for a grant, a property must be listed in, or eligible to be listed in, the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and/or the National Register of Historic Places per N.J.A.C. 7:4 as follows, by August 1, 2019:

1. Individually listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and/or the National Register of Historic Places;
2. Situated within the boundaries of a historic district listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and/or the National Register of Historic Places, and identified in the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form inventory as a resource contributing to the significance of that district;
3. Certified by the State Historic Preservation Office as a property that is eligible to be listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places, or that meets the criteria to be listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places;
4. Though a property need only be certified eligible for listing in order to apply for funding, listing is required prior to the disbursement of capital grant funds.

To determine a property's register status, visit the NJ Historic Preservation Office (HPO) website: https://www.nj.gov/dep/hpo/1identify/nrsr_lists.htm

To see lists of ineligible activities:

Historic Site Management: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/PreserveNJ_Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=17

Heritage Tourism: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/PreserveNJ_Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=22

Capital Grants: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/PreserveNJ_Guidelines_FINAL.pdf#page=27

Pre-proposal Conference:

NJ Historic Trust strongly encourages potential applicants and preservation professionals to attend the free applicant workshop on Monday, March 4 from 1 - 4 pm (snow date March 25) at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor.

NJ Historic Trust staff will review the 2019 grant guidelines and application, including a number of new and important changes for this year's grants.

If you can not attend, the PowerPoint presentation & related notes will be posted on the URL for Full Text page after the workshop.

RSVP for Applicant Workshop: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-preserve-nj-applicant-workshop-tickets-54428757880?ref=elink

Pre-Application Information:

All applications and supporting documents must be received by 4:00 pm on May 2, 2019.

The Trust is introducing its first online application for the 2019 Preserve New Jersey grant round. The online application is the preferred method. Applications should be submitted online, if at all possible. Contact Trust staff if you are unable to complete the online application.

The Trust requires supporting documents to accompany the application. These documents should be uploaded to a USB Drive and must be received via mail or in-person by the grant deadline.

Matching Requirements:

- Level I applicants may apply for grants of $5,000 to $150,000 and the match required is 3:2 (for every $3.00 in grant request, a match of $2.00 is required).
- Level II applicants may apply for grants of $150,001 - $750,000, and the match required is 1:1 (for every $1.00 in grant request, a match of $1.00 is required).
- The Historic Site Management applicants may apply for grants of $5,000 to $50,000, and the match required is 3:1 (for every $3 in grant request, a match of at least $1 is required).
- Heritage Tourism Planning applicants may apply for grants of $5,000 to $50,000, and the match required is 3:1 (for every $3 in grant request, a match of at least $1 is required).

Schedule of Important Dates:

- March 4, 2019: Applicant Workshop
- May 2, 2019, 4:00 pm: Deadline for submission of application & supporting documents, both online and hard-copy. All materials must be RECEIVED by this date, NOT postmarked by.
- August 1, 2019: All resources must be listed or certified eligible for listing in the NJ or National Register by this date.
- May – September 2019: Application review by Trust staff and Evaluator Panels including staff site visits. Evaluator Panels make recommendations to Grants & Loans Committee. Grants & Loans makes recommendations to Historic Trust Board of Trustees.
- September 2019: Historic Trust Board of Trustees votes on its recommendations. Applicants are notified of the Board’s decision.
- Fall 2019 (approximate – will be after NJHT Board meeting): GSPT reviews NJHT Board’s recommendations and submits final recommendations to the Legislature and Governor.
- January – March 2020 (approximate – will be after GSPT meeting): Enactment of appropriations bill making grant funds available. *Note that date is an estimate to be used for planning purposes only.

All applicant properties must be listed or certified eligible for listing on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places by August 1, 2019 to be considered for grant funds in this round.

Capital Level I and II application information: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/capital.html

Historic Site Management application information: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/hsm.html

Heritage Tourism application information: https://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/preservenj/ht.html

Check the Resources Page for helpful guides about specific topics:
http://njht.org/dca/njht/resources/application/index.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Capital Level I and II online application: https://fs19.formsite.com/NJHT/capitalapplication/index.html

Historic Site Management online application: https://fs19.formsite.com/NJHT/hsmapplication/index.html

Heritage Tourism online application: https://fs19.formsite.com/NJHT/htapplication/index.html

Address for USB drive or those given an exception to submit a hard-copy:

Mailing address:
NJ Historic Trust
PO Box 457
Trenton, NJ 08625

Hand deliveries:
NJ Historic Trust
101 S. Broad St, 6th Fl.
Trenton, NJ 08608

(609) 984 0473
njht@dca.nj.gov

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey