Archived Press Releases

June 2016:
The 1772 Foundation Awards Grants to New Jersey Historic Preservation Organizations

June 2015:
New Jersey Historic Trust Awards Three Heritage Tourism Grants

November 2014:
Christie Administration Announces $11 Million in Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties

September 2014:
New Jersey Historic Trust Awards Heritage Tourism Grants
Cape May County Historical & Genealogical Society will use Grants to Develop and Promote Visitor-Ready Sites

TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey Historic Trust recently awarded two grants for heritage tourism projects from the “Discover NJ History” License Plate Fund. The Medford Historical Society will receive $5,000 to develop a tour highlighting the life of Dr. James Still, a 19th century African-American physician, that will incorporate several historic sites related to Dr. Still and his family. Another $5,000 grant will go to the Cape May County Historical & Genealogical Society to help create a “passport” visitor program in which five historic sites will participate.

“The Historic Trust is pleased to fund these heritage tourism projects that encourage connections between sites,” said Dorothy P. Guzzo, executive director of the New Jersey Historic Trust. “New Jersey has a rich history and potential for creating visitor experiences that explore cultural, architectural and social themes.”

The License Plate Fund was established at the recommendation of the 2010 Heritage Tourism Master Plan for New Jersey. Since 2012, 14 projects have been awarded grants totaling $48,185.

Successful projects include creation of wayside and interpretive signage, a smartphone app, a marketing guide for historic sites, and collaborative tour development. Successful grant projects will develop and promote visitor-ready sites as heritage tourism destinations. Eligible applicants include nonprofit, county, or municipal entities that may request up to $5,000. The preferred method of application is an on-line form, and grants are awarded quarterly.

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The fund is supported by sales and renewals of the “Discover NJ History” license plate, which is available as a “dedicated plate” from the Motor Vehicle Commission. Plates may be also ordered from dealerships at the time of automobile purchase, or during on-line or in-person registration renewal.

Established in 1967, the New Jersey Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law. The Trust, a DCA affiliate, advances historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities. For more information, visit:

August 2014:
The 1772 Foundation Awards Grants to New Jersey Historic Preservation Organizations

March 2013:
Christie Administration Announces Recommended List for 2012 Historic Preservation Grants

January 2012:
DCA & NJ Historic Trust Launch Capital Needs Survey for New Jersey Historic Sites

August 2011:
Governor Christie Signs Legislation To Preserve New Jersey History, Makes $10 Million Available for Preservation Grants to Protect 58 Historic Sites Across the State

April 2011:
Recommended List for 2010 Historic Preservation Grants

February 2009:
Historic Trust Announces $15.5 Million in Recommended Grants

January 2008:
New Jersey Historic Trust Awards $1 Million in Historic Preservation Grants

November 2007:
New Jersey Historic Trust Awards $11 Million in Historic Preservation Grants

July 2006:
New Jersey Historic Trust Recommends $1.3 Million in Historic Preservation Grants Across New Jersey

May 2006:
Three New Jersey Historic Trust Grant Recipients Receive Preservation Honors

May 7, 2003:
New Jersey Historic Trust Approves More Than $11.3 Million in Grants for Preservation

September 26, 2001:
New Jersey Historic Trust Announces More Than $1 Million in Grants to 37 Projects

October 2000:
Garden State Preservation Trust Approves $12.3 Million in Grants to 50 Historic Preservation Projects