Friday, April 30th, 2010

Morris County has received 35 applications for funding under the county’s Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

While the trust fund will have approximately $2.5 million to allocate this year, the35 applicants are seeking a total of more than $3 million.

The program was established by the Morris County Freeholders in 2003 allowing the county to amend its Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund to include the acquisition, stabilization, restoration or preservation of historic resources. The matching funds used for the historic preservation program come from trust fund monies that have been traditionally set aside for administrative costs and are not diverted from open space or farmland preservation.

“Morris County has an incredibly rich history,” said Freeholder Jack J. Schrier. “This program allows us to preserve and protect the irreplaceable historic sites that tell our county’s story.”

To be eligible for 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 towns, qualified non-profit organizations and the county. They may apply for construction or non-construction grants, which may include acquisition and the development of plans for preservation.

The Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board will now evaluate each of the applications and make funding recommendations to the freeholder board in late June.

The freeholders last year approved projects covering 30 historic sites in 21 towns.

Additional information about the Historic Preservation Trust Fund may be obtained by calling Ray Chang, program coordinator, at (973) 829-8120.