Historic Preservation

2019 Historic Preservation Grant Round


Application forms for the 2019 grant round of the Historic Preservation Trust Fund are now available.

An Application Workshop to explain the grant process will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Rd. (County Route 510), in Morris Township.  A snow date for the workshop is Jan. 31.

Applicants must also submit a “Declaration of Intent” to the county by Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Applications must be submitted to the county no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.

For questions or more information, please contact Ray Chang at the Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation at (973) 829-8138 or [email protected].

Historic Preservation Program Workshop Held

An Historic Preservation Program Workshop was held on November 5, 2018 at the Morris County Cultural Center to help non-profit applicants and municipalities better meet the needs of their historic preservation projects.

Topics included working with architect/consultant, cost estimation, bidding, contingencies for construction work, insurance, public access, long-term commitment beyond completion of a preservation project, etc. There were also presentations from two historic site managers.

You can listen to an audio recording of the workshop below along with some materials provided at the workshop:

  • 0:00~21:45: Michelle Munn, President of the Mt. Tabor Historical Society, on the J. Smith Richardson History House in Parsippany-Troy Hills
  • 22:15~48:20: Amy Curry, Executive Director of the Morris County Historical Society, on Acorn Hall in Morristown
  • 48:50~1:03:35: Amanda Gold, Project Architect, and Dominique Hawkins, Managing Principal, with Preservation Design Partnership (Preservation Consultant to Morris County)
  • 1:03:35~1:25:10: Comments / Questions & Answers

Meeting Materials

Please note this event does not take the place of the 2019 Application Workshop which is still scheduled to occur in late January 2019.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the workshop, please contact Ray Chang at [email protected] or 973-829-8138.

2018 Historic Preservation Grant Awards

On July 11, the Board of Chosen Freeholders approved $2.2 million in county grants from the county’s 2018 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 20 historic sites in 16 towns across Morris County.

Please see the press release and summary of 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.