Discover NJ History License Plate Fund for Heritage Tourism

The Discover NJ History License Plate Fund provides small grants (up to $5,000) to develop and promote visitor ready sites as heritage tourism destinations.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are agencies or entities of state, county or municipal government and nonprofit organizations organized under the New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act that qualify for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue code and are current with their NJ Charitable Registration.

Eligible Activities

These technical assistance grants may be used to promote interpretation, marketing links among heritage sites; to assess visitor-readiness of a heritage site or sites; to establish performance evaluation systems; and to provide training initiatives, workshops and educational activities that foster the goals and objectives of the NJ Heritage Tourism Plan.

Guidelines and Applications

Applications to the Discover NJ History License Plate Fund for heritage tourism initiatives will be accepted at any time throughout the fiscal year, July 1 – June 30, until the annual allocation has been exhausted. The Board of Trustees of the Historic Trust will award the grant request during a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision on their request. In order to be considered by the Board at one of its regularly scheduled meetings, completed applications should be received no later than four weeks prior to the meeting.

The preferred method of application is online. You may Download a PDF file of the Application for reference only. All applicants must read the guidelines thoroughly before submitting the application. Download the Guidelines (PDF). Incomplete applications will be returned.

Program staff will provide technical assistance on a one-on-one basis to potential applicants call the office to schedule a consultation.

Discover NJ History License Plate

The grant program is supported by income from sales and renewals of the Discover NJ History License plate, which was established in 1995 to support historic preservation activities in the State. The plates feature a Victorian-style row house image, from a painting by New Jersey artist Harry Devlin. These beautifully designed plates will remind others that history is always ready to be “discovered” in New Jersey.

Pay a one-time $50 fee ($10 annual renewal) and pick up your “Discover NJ History” plates at any motor vehicle agency or by mail. Personalize your plates with up to five characters for an initial $100 fee ($10 annual renewal). If you are purchasing a car, ask the dealership to order them for you. They are under the "Dedicated Plates" category.

Visit Motor Vehicles Services to order your Discover NJ History plates.