Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Preserve New Jersey Preservation Grant Award Recommendations Announced

The Emlen Physick Estate
The Emlen Physick Estate is included in a list of grant recommendations from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund.

From the state Department of Community Affairs

More Than $14M in Awards Recommended for Preservation Planning, Heritage Tourism, and Capital Projects 

TRENTON – The New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliate of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), today (Sept. 27) approved a total of $14,038,043 in grant recommendations from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund to save and promote historic sites throughout the state. Seventy-one preservation planning, municipal, county, and regional planning, heritage tourism, and capital projects are included in this year’s list of recommendations.

“As the state’s leading voice for historic preservation, the Trust has consistently advanced historic guardianship in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship, and financial investment programs that protect our traditions and strengthen our communities,” said DCA Acting Commissioner Jacquelyn A. Suárez. “This investment in historic resources will help to preserve New Jersey’s history for generations to come.”

Of the 71 grant award recommendations:

  • 26 will help fund preservation planning projects such as condition assessments, historic structure reports, archaeological investigations, and construction documents;
  • One grant will help fund a historic preservation ordinance and an update to an existing Master Plan Historic Preservation Element;
  • Eight grants will help fund heritage tourism initiatives to improve the visitor experience at historic sites; and
  • 36 grants will fund capital preservation projects on sites listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

All grants awarded to nonprofit organizations or entities of municipal, county, and state governments require a match from the recipient.

Included in the list of recommendations is $125,000 in support of two special initiatives: the Discover New Jersey History License Plate Fund and the Emergency Intervention Fund. Also included is $750,000 for the next tranche of funding for the multi-year project at Hoboken Public Library in Hudson County.

“We are pleased to be able to make the investment of more than $14 million in 16 counties throughout the state,” said New Jersey Historic Trust Executive Director Dorothy Guzzo. “We will continue to assist new grantees through our grant programs to help preserve New Jersey’s historic legacy.”

The grant recommendations, which have been approved by the New Jersey Historic Trust Board, will be presented to the Garden State Preservation Trust at its next meeting and require a legislative appropriations bill and the Governor’s approval before funds are made available. Funding for the current grant round is dedicated from a voter-approved constitutional amendment that created the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund. The Preserve New Jersey Fund continues the work of the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund and voter-supported referenda that have committed over $190 million to more than 1,000 historic preservation projects since 1990. All funded resources are listed or certified eligible in the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places, either individually or within designated historic districts.

Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund Grant Recommendations

Historic Site Management Grants (up to $75,000)

ApplicantProject NameMunicipalityCountyRecommended Award
The Borough of East RutherfordRichard Outwater HouseEast Rutherford BoroughBergen$45,000
Radburn AssociationGrange Hall (Radburn Historic District)Fair Lawn BoroughBergen$36,821
Borough of OaklandVygeberg Farm office buildingOakland BoroughBergen$61,125
Bergen CountyNew Milford Plant of the Hackensack Water CompanyOradell BoroughBergen$75,000
Roebling Main Gate Museum (DBA: Roebling Museum)101 Second Avenue (Roebling Historic District)Florence TownshipBurlington$28,332
Cape May County Historical & Genealogical SocietyCresse-Holmes House (John Holmes House)Middle TownshipCape May$49,584
Millville Army Air Field Museum Inc.Millville Army Air Field Historic DistrictMillville CityCumberland$22,500
Friends of the Van Ness House, Inc.Van Ness HouseFairfield TownshipEssex$45,713
The Montclair FoundationVan Vleck House & Gardens (Mountain Historic District)Montclair TownshipEssex$41,025
Rowan UniversityRed Bank BattlefieldNational Park BoroughGloucester$55,634
Gloucester County Historical SocietyHunter-Lawrence-Jessup HouseWoodbury CityGloucester$26,929
Save Ellis Island, Inc.Hospital Complex (Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island)Jersey CityHudson$63,750
1759 Vought HouseChristoffel Vought FarmsteadClinton TownshipHunterdon$13,650
Borough of High BridgeSolitude HouseHigh Bridge BoroughHunterdon$26,550
The College of New JerseyWilliam Green HouseEwing TownshipMercer$47,775
Howell Living History FarmHunter Road Bridge (Pleasant Valley Historic District)Hopewell TownshipMercer$35,250
American Battlefield TrustPrinceton Battlefield (Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Historic District)PrincetonMercer$74,925
City of Perth AmboyPerth Amboy City Hall and Surveyor General’s OfficePerth Amboy CityMiddlesex$71,250
Middlesex County, Division of History and Historic PreservationCornelius Low HousePiscataway TownshipMiddlesex$75,000
Borough of MatawanMajor John Burrowes MansionMatawan BoroughMonmouth$33,964
Morris County Historical SocietyAcorn HallMorristown TownMorris$15,330
Town of MorristownMorristown Post Office (Morristown Historic District Extension)Morristown TownMorris$75,000
Borough of Mountain LakesMountain Lakes Train Station (Mountain Lakes Historic District)Mountain Lakes BoroughMorris$7,670
Little Falls Historical SocietyLittle Falls Old Town HallLittle Falls TownshipPassaic$13,725
County of Passaic, Department of Cultural & Historic AffairsWestside Park Pedestrian BridgePaterson CityPassaic$69,451
Town of NewtonNewton Town Plot Historic DistrictNewton TownSussex$32,813

Municipal, County, and Regional Planning (up to $75,000)

ApplicantProject Name MunicipalityCountyRecommended Award
Township of MoorestownMoorestown Historic DistrictMoorestown TownshipBurlington$75,000

Heritage Tourism (up to $75,000)

ApplicantProject NameMunicipalityCountyRecommended Award
The Whitesbog Preservation Trust, Inc.Whitesbog Historic DistrictPemberton Township (Brown Mills)Burlington$30,000
South Mountain TheaterWorks, Inc. d/b/a South Mountain TVGreenwich Historic DistrictGreenwich TownshipCumberland$75,000
Millville Army Air Field MuseumMillville Army Air Field Historic DistrictMillville CityCumberland$8,163
Historic Morven, Inc.MorvenPrincetonMercer$75,000
St. Michael’s Episcopal ChurchSt. Michael’s Episcopal ChurchTrenton CityMercer$24,390
Borough of FreeholdGeneral Clinton’s HeadquartersFreehold BoroughMonmouth$15,000
Millstone Township Historical Preservation CommissionClarksburg Methodist Episcopal ChurchMillstone TownshipMonmouth$71,250
Friends of Passaic CountyBelle Vista (Lambert Castle)Paterson CityPassaic$75,000

Capital Level I ($5,000 – $150,000)

ApplicantProject NameMunicipalityCountyRecommended Award
Perkins Center for the ArtsCarriage house (Perkins House)Moorestown TownshipBurlington$150,000
New Hanover TownshipGeneral Edward S. Godfrey HouseNew Hanover TownshipBurlington$149,489
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (trading as Cape May MAC)Emlen Physick EstateCape May CityCape May$32,308
Cape May Maritime Museum and Education CenterU.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-36538Lower TownshipCape May$45,017
Bayshore Center at BivalveA.J. Meerwald Schooner and Bivalve Oyster Packing Houses and DocksCommercial TownshipCumberland$82,728
Mount Pleasant CemeteryMount Pleasant CemeteryNewark CityEssex$21,600
Gloucester County Historical SocietyMoravian ChurchWoolwich TownshipGloucester$23,582
Historic Morven, Inc.MorvenPrincetonMercer$72,300
Twin Lights Historical SocietyNavesink Lighthouse(Twin Lights) (Navesink Light Station)Highlands BoroughMonmouth$15,000
Borough of MatawanMajor John Burrowes MansionMatawan BoroughMonmouth$149,377
The Morristown & Morris Township Library FoundationMorristown Public Library (Morristown Historic District Extension)Morristown TownMorris$37,911
The Growing Stage Theatre for Young Audiences, Inc.Palace TheatreNetcong BoroughMorris$140,502
Skylands Association, NJ Botanical GardenCarriage House (Skylands)Ringwood BoroughPassaic$150,000
Liberty Hall MuseumCarriage House Liberty Hall (Governor William Livingston House)Union TownshipUnion$90,000

Capital Level II ($150,001 – $750,000)

ApplicantProject NameMunicipalityCountyRecommended Award
New Jersey Pinelands CommissionFenwick ManorPemberton TownshipBurlington$575,000
Camden County Historical SocietyBenjamin Cooper Ferry and TavernCamden CityCamden$611,340
Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc.USS New Jersey (BB-62)Camden CityCamden$750,000
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (trading as Cape May MAC)Emlen Physick EstateCape May CityCape May$404,611
HCSV Foundation, t/a Historic Cold Spring VillageCold Spring Grange HallLower TownshipCape May$156,266
City of Jersey CityReservoir #3Jersey CityHudson$750,000
Hudson County Division of ParksNorth and South Summer Houses(West Bergen-East Lincoln Park Historic District)Jersey CityHudson$713,550
Dorothea van Dyke McLane AssociationDorothea van Dyke McLane House (Princeton Historic District)PrincetonMercer$475,718
Historic Morven, Inc.MorvenPrincetonMercer$500,000
Old Barracks AssociationOld BarracksTrenton CityMercer$152,622
City of TrentonTrenton City HallTrenton CityMercer$749,644
SLT & CC Landmark Friends, Inc.Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket ClubRumson BoroughMonmouth$304,000
Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation, Inc.Ayres Farm (Knuth Farm) Denville Township Morris$194,150
Township of HanoverJoseph Tuttle HouseHanover TownshipMorris$539,250
Borough of MendhamPhoenix House Mendham Historic DistrictMendam BoroughMorris$214,029
Township of Mine HillBridget Smith HouseMine Hill TownshipMorris$259,600
Morris County Park CommissionGeneral Joseph W. Revere House (The Willows, Fosterfields)Morris TownshipMorris$245,430
Mount Olive Township(Barn Seward House)Mount Olive TownshipMorris$261,205
Washington Township Land Trust of Morris County, Inc.Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill (German Valley Historic District)Washington TownshipMorris$470,500
City of CliftonMorris CanalClifton CityPassaic$444,995

Capital Level II: Multi-phase ($500,000 – $750,000)

120 East State StreetFirst Presbyterian Church and CemeteryTrenton CityMercer$750,000
County of PassaicPassaic County Court House, and United States Custom House and Post Office Historic DistrictPaterson CityPassaic$750,000


ApplicantProject NameMunicipalityCountyRecommended Award
Hoboken Public LibraryHoboken Public LibraryHoboken CityHudson$750,000
New Jersey Historic TrustEmergency Intervention FundTrenton CityMercer$100,000
New Jersey Historic TrustDiscover NJ History License Plate FundTrenton CityMercer$25,000

Total Recommended Grant Awards: $14,038,043

Created by the State Legislature, the New Jersey Historic Trust is a nonprofit historic preservation organization affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs. Governed by a 15-member board of trustees, the mission of the Trust is to advance 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.

DCA offers a wide range of programs and services, including local government management and finance, affordable housing production, rental assistance, fire safety, building safety, community planning and development, disaster recovery and mitigation, and privacy protection.

For more information on the New Jersey Historic Trust and its funding programs, visit: http://www.njht.org.

For more information about DCA, visit nj.gov/dca/.

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