Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund

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.

How Was the Preserve New Jersey Fund Established?

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.

2018 Grant Round

The 2018 Grant Round for the Preserve New Jersey Fund will be for Historic Site Management Grants, up to $50,000. 

The deadline for applications is May 3, 2018.  Read complete details.