Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012

Applications are now available for projects seeking funding in 2012 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 program rules and regulations are now available online at

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 the close of business March 30. Applicants must also submit a “Declaration of Intent” by Feb. 28.

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 2011 allocated $2.57 million from the Historic Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve 24 historic sites in 15 towns.

More information about 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]