The Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund was established by legislation in 2016 to provide an annual source of matching grants from the state’s corporate business tax for historic preservation projects. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and government entities. The Preserve New Jersey Fund continues the work of the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund (2000-2012) and the Historic Preservation Bond Program (1990-1997). Since 1990, more than $137 million in matching grants has been awarded to worthy historic preservation construction and planning projects throughout the state.
In November 2014, New Jersey voters approved a change to the state constitution to provide a stable source of funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation by dedicating funds from the Corporate Business Tax.
The implementing legislation (S2456) was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in June 2016. The legislation defines the percentage of funding for the Historic Preservation Fund at 5 percent (likely between $3 and 4 million in available grant funds each year). However, the specific amount of available funding each year will be determined upon the resolution of that year's budget.
In 2017, the New Jersey Historic Trust will offer the following grant opportunities:
Capital Preservation Grants are for construction and non-construction expenses related to the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic properties.
Level I Capital Preservation Grants have a maximum $150,000 request and required match of $2 for $3 in request.
Level II Capital Preservation Grants have a maximum $500,000 request and required match of $1 for every $1 in request.
Historic Site Management Grants are intended to aid historic property owners and managers to enhance long-term planning for operations and programs and broaden pubic enjoyment of historic sites through heritage tourism planning exercises.
Historic Site Management Grants have a maximum $50,000 request and required match of $1 for every $3 in request.
February 27, 2017: Applicant Workshop scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown. More information and registration.
May 3, 2017: Applications due