New Jersey Historic Trust Grants Include 10 Morris County Sites – Morris County, NJ

Posted on September 29, 2022

$1.7 million planned for ongoing local preservation projects

New Jersey Historical Trust yesterday approved nearly $15.8 million in grant recommendations from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund to save and promote historic sites in New Jersey, including 10 Historic Sites in Morris County.

Morris County sites are recommended for a total of $1.7 million. Before funds are made available, grant recommendations must be presented to the Garden State Preservation Trust at its next meeting, and dollars require a statutory appropriations bill and governor’s approval.

Ford-Faesch-House.jpg “This is an important first step in the process, as well as a huge boost to our own efforts to preserve, protect and restore historic sites throughout Morris County. These state dollars will supplement the grants we have already approved from our Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund to protect these same sites,” said Morris County Commissioner Stephen Shawcouncil liaison with the Office of Planning and Preservation.

From July, when he Morris County Board of Commissioners approved $2.65 million in grants for 29 local historic sitesthe county awarded a total of nearly $46 million contribute to the preservation, protection and restoration of 122 historic properties since the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund began operating in 2003.

Historic preservation projects often involve different phases of planning, design, construction and restoration work, and theObadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill Long Valley.jpg nonprofit or government organizations sponsoring a preservation project often apply for multiple grants from various sources at different stages of a project. The New Jersey Historic Trust reviews many funding applications each year, committing funds for multiple phases of a project, one phase of a project, or in some cases, approving funds with the requirement that the project sponsor match or completes the financing of the Trust.

Grants for Morris County are awarded in different categories:

Management of the historic site: includes grants for preservation plans, historic structure reports, condition assessments, design documents, etc. ; as well as municipal, county and regional planning projects such as architectural surveys, design guidelines, historic preservation elements of a municipal or county master plan and the preparation or review of a historic preservation ordinance local

Level 1: grants of $150,000 or less, involving the New Jersey Historic Trust providing 60% funding for the cost of a project while the nonprofit or government organization pays 40% of the cost.

Level 2: Grants from $150,001 to $750,000 involving the New Jersey Historic Trust providing 50% funding for the cost of a project while the nonprofit or government organization pays 50% matching.

Multi-phase grants: large-scale capital projects involving a minimum request of $500,000 per grant round. A successful applicant will receive a commitment to fund subsequent capital phases in subsequent years.

Morris County projects and categories are listed below

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Top right: Friends meeting house

Center left: Manoir Ford-Faesch

Bottom right: Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill

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