Morris County Applications Available for Historic Preservation Funds

Published on January 13, 2022

Chester Rockefeller Center 1868.jpg


Morris County Applications Available for Historic Preservation Funds

The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund is now accepting grant applications for 2022 funding.

The popular program began in 2003, after voters overwhelmingly approved dedicating tax dollars to preserve Morris County’s rich history. As of 2021, the Morris County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved over $43 Million to help preserve, restore or protect 117 historic sites in 34 towns.

To be eligible for a matching grant, a historic resource must be listed or certified eligible for listing on the State Register or National Register of Historic Places.  Eligible applicants are municipalities, qualified non-profit organizations and the county.

Details for obtaining and submitting applications may be found at the application webpage.

The Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation will hold a workshop to explain the application process on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. via WebEx:

Please register to attend the workshop via e-mail to [email protected] or phone at (973) 829-8138.  It will be an opportunity to ask questions about the program and suitability of projects such as:

  • Is my project eligible?
  • What kinds of projects were funded in the past?
  • Can cemeteries apply?
  • Are Construction Documents required for construction projects?
  • What if my project is not currently listed on the National and New Jersey Registers?

Please note, the Historic Preservation Program is again waiving the requirement for paper submission for the 2022 grant applications, except where Preservation Plans and/or drawings/specs have not been reviewed previously by the County Consultant.

Below are some important links to additional information.The Tunis-Ellicks House – Harding Township.jpg

The application deadline is Friday, March 25, 2022

If you have questions regarding the Historic Preservation program, please contact Ray Chang, P.P., Historic Preservation Program Coordinator, Morris County Office of Planning & Preservation, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900. E-mail: [email protected]. Phone: 973-829-8138.

Photos: Chester Borough's Rockefeller Center, 1868, (top right) and the 1838 Tunis Ellicks House in Harding Township (bottom right), both of which benefited from historic preservation grants approved in 2021.

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