Historic Site Management Grants
Application & Instructions

The 2020 grant deadline has been extended until June 4, 2020! All applicants are required to submit the online application, as well as a USB with all required attachments by the extended application deadline of June 4, 2020 at 4:00pm. The Trust has also provided Word and PDF versions of the application so that applicants can view the application in its entirety. We highly recommend that you type your answers into the Word version of the application first, and then copy/paste into the online application to avoid any potential loss of data.

Click here for the Online Historic Site Management (HSM) Application.

Click here for the Word version of the Historic Site Management (HSM) Application.

Click here for the PDF version of the Historic Site Management (HSM) Application.

Below is a link to the Historic Site Management (HSM) Supporting Documents Checklist. This checklist lists all of the attachments for the 2020 HSM application. The attachments must be uploaded onto a USB drive and delivered either via mail or in-person to the Trust office by June 4, 2020 at 4:00pm. If you are having trouble completing all of the required attachments, please reach out to NJHT staff directly.

Click here for the Historic Site Management (HSM) Supporting Documents Checklist.

Eligible Properties
  • Individually listed in the NJ or National Register of Historic Places
  • Contributing resource to a historic district listed in the NJ or National Register 
  • Certified eligible for listing by the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

Properties must be listed or certified eligible for listing by August 1, 2020 in order to be considered for funding in this grant round.  


Applicants must own or have permission of the owner to apply and to conduct the proposed activity at the time of application.

If the applicant does not own the property, the Owner Assurances should be included as Attachment B on the USB drive.

If the proposed activity is a register nomination for a historic district, consent is required from the Mayor of the municipalities within the proposed district, not from every property in the district. 

All applicants must also submit the signed Applicant Assurances page with each application. It should be included as Attachment B on the USB drive. 

Eligible Activities
  • Historic Structure Report (HSR)
  • Preservation Plan
  • Update to an HSR or Preservation Plan
  • Conditions Assessment
  • Architectural Plans, Designs, Specifications, or other Construction Documents
  • Cost Estimates
  • Archaeological Investigation/Report
  • Adaptive Reuse/Feasibility Study
  • Historic Research Report
  • Materials Analysis (paint, mortar, masonry, etc.)
  • Building Systems Analysis (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, security, energy efficiency, etc.)
  • Engineering Study
  • Landscape Report
  • Disaster Management Plan
  • Maintenance Plan
  • ADA Accessibility/NJ Barrier Free Subcode Compliance Planning, including:
    • Evaluations of barrier-free access requirements for a historic property
    • Evaluation of site and multi-site access for historic properties
    • Preparation of architectural plans, designs, specifications, cost estimates, and other contract documents for complying with New Jersey’s barrier-free requirements
    • Planning and development of interpretive materials or devices to help the disabled visitor
  • Professional planning for the management of historic properties through the preparation of:
    • Multi-year strategic plan
    • Fundraising plan for capital campaigns for the preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of a historic property
    • Endowment plan and proposal
  • Preparation of Design Guidelines
  • Preparation or revision of Local Historic Preservation Ordinances\
  • Preparation of historic preservation components to a municipal or county Master Plan
  • Preparation of an architectural survey to identify historic properties using the NJ Historic Preservation Office's approved guidelines and format

Please see the 2020 Grant Guidelines for a list of ineligible activities. Contact Historic Trust staff if you do not see your proposed activity listed. 

All HSRs, Preservation Plans, and updates to either of these documents should follow the formatting and guidelines laid out in Historic Structure Reports & Preservation Plans: a Preparation Guide—Second Edition

handy checklist is available for you to determine if your report has everything it needs. Boxes in bold indicate parts that are required, depending on the type of document. You should work with your consultant to determine what other pieces might be needed for your resource. 

Grant Requests & Matching Funds

Historic Site Managment Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $50,000. There is a 3:1 match, meaning the applicant must provide at least $1 in matching funds for every $3 of grant money requested. 

For example, if the grant request is $30,000, the applicant must match that with another $10,000, making a total budget of $40,000. 

Criteria for Funding

The following criteria will be used to evaluate and rank applications for these grant funds:

  • Historical significance of the resource;
  • Physical condition of the property;
  • Ability of the applicant to match the funds requested;
  • Ability of the applicant to complete the proposed work;
  • Potential of the project to foster preservation of the historic property; to promote other preservation activity or related cultural or economic activity; and to foster appropriate site management practices that sustain the long-term use of a property;
  • Appropriateness of project to meet the needs of the resource and quality of the work proposed for funding;
  • Degree to which the project represents innovative design or programming and reaches new audiences; and
  • Degree to which the project contributes toward a balanced distribution of program funds.