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20th Anniversary of the Historic Preservation Program

This year, 2022, is the 20th anniversary of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund program. We want to celebrate this occasion by illustrating all the historic sites that have received grant funding with a Storymap. Visit the Funded Sites page to view the Storymap.

20 years ago, on November 5th, 2002, the voters of Morris County approved a referendum authorizing the then County Freeholders to permit historic preservation funding under the Open Space Trust Fund, as allowed by state law. Ever since the first funding round in 2003, the Commissioners have awarded over $45 million to 122 historic sites located in 34 municipalities.

We hope this Storymap can bring County residents closer to the many historic treasures which they have helped fund, and also show the strong commitment of the Commissioners toward historic preservation that contribute to the high quality of life here in Morris County. 

2022 Historic Preservation Grant Awards

On July 13, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners approved $2.65 million in county grants from the county’s 2022 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 29 historic sites in 21 towns across Morris County.

Please see 2022 Funding Summary(PDF, 1MB).

2022 Historic Preservation Grant Applications

Application forms for the 2022 grant round of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund are now available.

Note the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022: Application Workshop, via Webex (Please register to attend the Application Workshop)
  • Monday, February 28, 2022: Declaration of Intent due at Morris County
  • Friday, March 25, 2022: Grant Application Deadline

 

About Us

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The Morris County Board of County Commissioners created the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund (Fund) to help support the preservation of the county’s exceptional abundance of historic resources. The Fund was created after Morris County voters approved a referendum in November 2002 authorizing the Commissioners to allow historic preservation funding under the Open Space Trust Fund, as permitted under state legislation. 

The Fund considers grants for the acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration or preservation of historic resources by municipalities, qualified non-profits and the County. All funded activities must be in conformance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Applications for plans and reports associated with the implementation of a historic preservation project are also eligible. Historic resources must be listed, or certified as eligible for listing, on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, in order to be eligible for the program.

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