Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The Morris County Department of Planning and Development workshop to explain the grant application process for the county’s Historic Preservation Trust Fund that was scheduled for Jan. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Rd., in Morris Township has been rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 27, because of predicted inclement weather.

Staff members from the department will be on hand to answer questions relating to project eligibility requirements, the kinds of projects that have been funded in the past, the review process and any other questions that may arise about the Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

Application forms and program rules and regulations are now available online at www.MorrisPreservation.com.

Applications must be returned to the county no later than March 25. Applicants must also submit a “Declaration of Intent” by Feb. 28.

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.

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 2010 allocating $2.5 million from the trust fund to help preserve 27 historic sites in 15 towns.

More information about the workshop, the application process or the Historic Preservation Trust Fund may be obtained by contacting Ray Chang at the Morris County Department of Planning and Development at (973) 829-8138 or [email protected].