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Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund Grants

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Local Governments
to Preserve and Restore Historic Resources

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New Jersey Historic Trust - Department of Community Affairs

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04/29/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations and county, municipal, or state governments to preserve, rehabilitate, and restore local historic resources. Eligible areas of interest include planning, management, and the conservation of local sites. Funding is intended to offer financial and technical support to organizations engaged in historic preservation projects. This year the Trust will again offer the opportunity for applicants to apply for multiphase projects to facilitate larger capital investments.

Special consideration will be given to grant proposals that address the following themes:

  • The 250th Anniversary of 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.
  • Underrepresented Histories - For the 2021 grant round, the Trust encourages applications demonstrating efforts and/or initiatives that consider and engage with underrepresented histories, such as black history, civil rights history, disability history, indigenous history, latinx history, lgbtq+ history, or the history of any other marginalized group.

HSM grant program - For the 2021 grant round, the Trust is highlighting Municipal Planning Projects as eligible activities in the Historic Site Management (HSM) grant program. Municipal Planning Projects may include the preparation of design guidelines; the preparation or revision of local preservation ordinances; the preparation of historic preservation components of a municipal or county Master Plan; and the preparation of an architectural survey of historic buildings utilizing the NJ State Historic Preservation Office’s approved guidelines and format.

In the 2021 grant round, the Fund will accept applications for Historic Site Management grants, Heritage Tourism Planning grants, and Capital Preservation grants. Grant Types:

  • Historic Site Management - Historic Site Management Grants are intended to foster sound planning and stewardship for New Jersey’s historic properties. Grants are available to aid historic property owners and managers to gain better understanding of preservation needs for a site or structure; to enhance long-term planning for the operations and programs of historic sites; and to broaden public awareness and enjoyment of historic sites. For more information, see:
  • Heritage Tourism - Heritage Tourism Planning Grants are intended to help promote and enhance visitor experiences at New Jersey’s many unique historic, cultural, and natural assets. Grants are available to promote site interpretation; to create links among sites; to assess visitor-readiness; to establish performance evaluation systems; and to provide training initiatives, workshops, and educational activities that foster the goals and objectives of the New Jersey Heritage Tourism Plan. Project proposals that link to broader heritage tourism plans or initiatives are encouraged. For  more information, see:
  • Capital Preservation -  Capital Preservation Grants are intended to assist with construction expenses related to the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic properties and associated non-construction expenses. For more information, see:

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. For full criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182714

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Historic Site Management grants: minimum request is $5,000 and the maximum request is $50,000
- Heritage Tourism grants: minimum request is $5,000 and the maximum request is $50,000
- Level I Capital Grants: minimum request is $5,000 and the maximum request is $150,000
- Level II Capital grants: minimum request is $150,001 and the maximum request is $750,000

For the 2021 grant round, the Trust will continue to offer multi-phase funding for capital grant applicants. These multi-phase funding commitments will be made to large-scale capital projects with a minimum request of $500,000 per grant round. A successful multi-phase grant applicant will receive a grant award of $500,000-$750,000 in 2021 with a commitment to fund subsequent capital phases in the following years. Multi-phase commitments are contingent on availability of funds and on the applicant’s successful completion of each capital phase.

Term of Contract:

Multi-phase funding: Applicants will be able to apply for funding for multiple phases of projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
- Entities of county, municipal, or state government
- 501(c) tax exempt organizations that comply with New Jersey charity registration laws

Nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply for projects that benefit churches and houses of worship.

Ineligible activities:
- Historic Site Management grants, see:
- Heritage Tourism grants, see:
- Capital Preservation grants, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

On January 28th, the Trust will be offering a free Applicant Workshop as a virtual webinar hosted via Zoom. The Trust strongly encourages prospective applicants to attend the workshop to learn about the 2021 grant application. Preregistration for this workshop is required and attendees will receive a link to the webinar following their online registration.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for application and supporting document submission: April 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Schedule of Important Dates
- January 28, 2021, 1:00-4:00 PM: Applicant Workshop
- April 29, 2021, 4:00 PM: Deadline for submission of application and supporting documents
- August 2, 2021: All resources must be listed or certified eligible for listing in the NJ or National Register by this date.
- May - September 2021: Application review
- September 29, 2021: Historic Trust Board of Trustees votes on its recommendations
- October 12, 2021: GSPT reviews NJHT Board’s recommendations and submits final recommendations to the Legislature and Governor.
- January - March 2022: Enactment of appropriations bill making grant funds available.

Please note, the application for the 2021 round is digital. In addition to your digital submission, you will also be required to submit a USB with all required supporting documents. In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Trust is asking all applicants whenever possible to please submit their supporting document USB via mail or delivery service, rather than in person. If you are unable to send your USB via mail or delivery service, the Trust will be allowing limited in-person deliveries on Thursday, April 29 in the lobby of the DCA building at 101 S. Broad Street. You will be able to drop off your USB from 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 3 PM.

- An applicant may request funds from more than one grant type, including Historic Site Management, Heritage Tourism Planning, Capital Level I, and Capital Level II. Applicants may also apply for more than one historic resource in each grant round.

For Matching Requirements, see:

Capital grants:

Historic Site Management (HSM) grants:

Heritage Tourism grants:

For supporting documents checklist and links to required forms, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

Click here to view a recording of the presentation:

Contact Information:

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

Capital grants application online:

Historic Site Management (HSM) application online:

Heritage Tourism application online:

Mailing address:
New Jersey Historic Trust
Department of Community Affairs
P.O. Box 457
Trenton, NJ 08625-0212

Hand deliveries:
New Jersey Historic Trust
101 South Broad Street, Sixth Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 984-0473
Fax (609) 984-7590

If you are having trouble completing all of the required attachments, please reach out to NJHT staff directly.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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