Monday, December 8th, 2008

Applications are now available for projects seeking funding in 2009 under Morris County’s Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

To be eligible for matching grant consideration, a historic resource must be listed, or certified as eligible for listing on the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places. Eligible applicants are municipalities, qualified non-profit organizations and the county.

Application forms and revised program rules and regulations are available on the Trust Fund’s Web site, www.MorrisPreservation.com.

Two types of applications are available. Projects that are principally construction related will require a Construction application.

Grant requests for acquisition, plans and reports associated with the implementation of a historic preservation project should be completed on the Non-Construction application.

Applications must be returned to the county no later than March 27, 2009. Applicants must also submit a “Declaration of Intent” by Feb. 27.

The Morris County Department of Planning, Development and Technology will conduct a workshop to explain the grant application process on Jan. 27, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Rd., Morris Township.

The Morris County Freeholders established the fund after voters approved a public question in November 2002 allowing the county to amend its Open Space Trust Fund to include the acquisition, stabilization, restoration or preservation of historic resources.

The freeholders in 2008 approved 25 grants allocating $2.1 million from the trust fund to help preserve 25 historic sites in 17 towns.

More information about the application process or the Historic Preservation Trust Fund may be obtained by calling Ray Chang at the Morris County Department of Planning, Development and Technology at (973) 829-8120.