Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation logoCOVID-19 Update

To potential applicants to the 2020 Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund:

Due to the evolving situation with the coronavirus, we are pushing the entire Historic Preservation grant application process forward a month. The new application deadline will be Friday, April 24, 2020.

Please note we are waiving the requirement for paper submission this year, except where Preservation Plans or drawings/specs have not been reviewed previously by the County Consultant. If you have such plans/docs, please submit one hard copy of the application to this office (postmarked by April 24, 2020) and one hard copy directly to our consultant (please contact Program Coordinator Ray Chang for the consultant address used for the purposes of submitting the 2020 applications).

If you are required to submit a municipal resolution as part of your application but cannot make the deadline due to the scheduling of governing body meetings, you can include a draft resolution as part of your application submission by the April 24th deadline, and submit the adopted resolution when available afterwards.

We will provide a link through which applicants can submit all the digital application materials. Please note the time of receipt of your digital application will be considered the official time of submission of your application.

For the submission of the hard copy application, you can use our P.O. Box address at bottom or for some delivery services our street address:

Morris County Office of Planning & Preservation
30 Schuyler Place, 4th floor, Morristown, NJ 07963

The County has directed today (March 17, 2020) to be the last day in office for all non-essential employees, so I will be out of the office starting tomorrow until further notice. Please use e-mail for any communications related to the HP grant applications. You can also call 973-829-8138 to leave a message that I will check from time to time. But e-mail is the best way to reach me.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we go through this turbulent period. Take care, and let me know how I can assist with your grant applications.

Ray Chang, P.P., Historic Preservation Program Coordinator
[email protected]

2019 Historic Preservation Grant Awards

On July 10, the Board of Chosen Freeholders approved $2.9 million in county grants from the county’s 2019 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 26 historic sites in 18 towns across Morris County.

Please see the Summary of 2019 Funded Projects.

Approved Grants


Historic PreservationThe Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders 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 Freeholders 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.