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Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund - Historic Site Management Grant

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Agencies
for the Preservation of Historic Sites

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New Jersey Historic Trust - Department of Community Affairs

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05/03/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to New Jersey nonprofit organizations and government agencies for the preservation of historic sites. Funding is available for planning activities, master and strategic plans, disaster preparedness planning, fundraising and marketing, endowment planning and proposals, development of interpretive or directional signs, and nominations to the New Jersey and/or National Register of Historic Places.

In 2018, the following activities are eligible for a historic site management grant:

1. Preparation of the following documents or reports for planning for the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of historic properties:
a. Condition assessment reports;
b. Preservation plans;
c. Existing conditions documentation;
d. Historic structure reports;
e. Historic landscape reports;
f. Archaeological investigations and reports; g. Engineering reports;
h. Historic research reports;
i. Analysis of existing building systems (e.g. electrical, security, environmental controls) and recommendations for improvement; including an analysis for energy saving measures
j. Disaster management plans;
k. Master plans for rehabilitation;
l. Adaptive use feasibility studies;
m. Maintenance plans; and
n. Material conservation analyses (paint, mortar, masonry, etc.).

2. Preparation of architectural plans, designs, specifications, cost estimates and other construction documents.

3. Preparation of nominations to the New Jersey or National Register of Historic Places for individual properties or sites owned by local government units, nonprofit organizations or a State entity or authority. (Note: The consent and signature of property owner must be obtained and submitted with the application. If awarded, the final grant reimbursement will require NJ State Review Board approval of the complete nomination.)

4. Master planning for compliance with the New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode, including:
a. Evaluations of barrier-free access requirements for a historic property;
b. Evaluation of site and multi-site access for historic properties;
c. Preparation of architectural plans, designs, specifications, cost estimates, and other
contract documents for complying with New Jersey’s barrier-free requirements; and
d. Planning and development of interpretive materials or devices to help the disabled visitor

5. Heritage tourism planning initiatives, including:
a. Visitor assessments as part of a strategic plan or development of an interpretive/curriculum proposal for a historic district;
b. Design and fabrication of interpretive signage or literature;
c. Visitor-readiness assessments for one site or multiple sites; and Feasibility studies for heritage tourism marketing.

6. Professional planning for the management of historic properties through the preparation
d. Multi-year strategic plans;
e. Fundraising plans for initiating capital campaigns for the preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of a historic property; and
f. Endowment planning and proposals.

If a planning document or activity other than those listed above is proposed, please consult with staff to determine if it is an eligible activity.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate and rank applications for these grant funds:
-Historical significance of the resource;
-Physical condition of the property;
-Ability of the applicant to match the funds requested;
-Ability of the applicant to complete the proposed work;
-Potential of the project to foster preservation of the historic property; to promote other preservation activity or related cultural or economic activity; and to foster appropriate site management practices that sustain the long-term use of a property;
-Appropriateness of project to meet the needs of the resource and quality of the work proposed for funding;
-Degree to which the project represents innovative design or programming and reaches new audiences; and
-Degree to which the project contributes toward a balanced distribution of program funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182714

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request $5,000 to $50,000.

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.

Applicants may apply for projects that address the needs of multiple historic structures, for which a single application should be submitted. Applicants may also apply for grants for more than one historic resource in each grant round.

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:
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; or
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.

Ownership of Project Properties:

If the property is not owned in fee simple by the applicant, the applicant must obtain the written consent of the property owner.

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;
-Donated materials and/or donated in-kind services;
-Expenses for publicity, unless stipulated in the grant agreement;
-Charges more than the lowest bid, when the State or the recipient requires competitive bidding, unless the Trust agrees in advance to the higher cost;
-Charges for deficits or overdrafts;
-Interest expenses;
-Damage judgments arising from constructing, or equipping a facility, 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;
-Work including construction, research, and preparation of plans and reports performed outside
the approved project period;
-Work including construction, research and preparation of plans and reports not included in the scope of work set forth in the project agreement;
-Work that does not comply with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards;
-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 the interiors of buildings that are used primarily for religious worship or religious purposes;
-Costs related to overseeing or managing a capital exercise.
-Planning, refurbishing or installing permanent or temporary museum exhibits, unless tied specifically to public education about the interpretation of the structure or site or barrier-free program access to the site or structure that is funded, and that are located on the site; 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Applicant Workshop is scheduled for January 24, 2018 (Snow Date February 5, 2018), 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST at:

Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd
Bordentown, NJ 08505
United States

The New Jersey Historic Trust encourages potential applicants and preservation professionals to attend this free workshop for the 2018 Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund grant round.

In addition to reviewing the 2018 grant guidelines and application, special topics will include planning for archaeology at your site, a review of the standards for preservation planning documents and recommendations for site interpretation. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Pre-Application Information:

For each $3 request, the applicant must provide at least $1 in matching funds.

The Trust will accept completed applications with all supporting documents received to the Trust’s office by 4:00 PM the afternoon of May 3, 2018. Applications received after 4:00 PM will not be accepted.

All applicant properties must be listed or certified eligible for listing on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places by August 1, 2018 to be considered for grant funds in this round.

2018 Round Timeline:
-January 24, 2018: Applicant Workshop
-February-April 2018: Call program staff to discuss the specifics of your preservation project and application
-May 3, 2018: Deadline for submission of all applications materials.
-June - August 2018: Trust program staff completes review of applications and site visits. The professional Evaluators Panel will review applications and share its evaluations with the Grants and Loans Committee. The Committee makes its recommendations for funding to the Historic Trust Board of Trustees.
-September 2018: The Historic Trust Board of Trustees votes on the final list of recommended grants. All applicants will be notified of the Board’s decisions.
-Fall 2018: The Board will forward its recommendations to the Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT). The GSPT will review Trust recommendations and submit a final list of recommended projects to the Legislature and Governor for appropriation of grant funds.
-Jan-March 2019: Enactment of an appropriations bill makes grant funding available. Note that this date is approximate, subject to Legislative and Executive authorization. This date is an estimate to be used for planning purposes only.

Historic Site Management Grants Program Information:

Check the Resources Page for helpful guides about specific topics:

Contact Information:

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

Register for an Applicant Workshop on January 24, 2018 (Snow Date February 5, 2018)

New Jersey Historic Trust
P.O. box 457
Trenton, NJ 08625

101 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

(609) 984 0473

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