Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Applications are now available for projects seeking funding in 2013 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, said Ray Chang, program coordinator.

Application forms and program rules and regulations are now available online at

The Morris County Department of Planning and Development will conduct a workshop to explain the grant application process on Jan. 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Rd., in Morris Township. A snow date for the workshop is Jan. 31.

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

According to Chang, starting in 2013, three types of applications are available.

Projects that are principally construction related will require a Construction application. Grant requests for acquisition and preservation planning documents should be completed on a Preservation Planning application, and grant requests for the preparation of Construction Documents should be completed on the Construction Documents application.

Applications must be returned to the county no later than March 29. Applicants must also submit a “Declaration of Intent” to the county 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 this year allocated $2.5 million from the trust fund to help preserve 25 historic sites in 16 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].