Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund

The Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund was established by legislation in 2016 to provide an annual source of matching grants from the state’s corporate business tax for historic preservation projects. The Preserve New Jersey Fund continues the work of the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund (2000-2012) and the Historic Preservation Bond Program (1990-1997). Since 1990, more than $145 million in matching grants has been awarded to worthy historic preservation construction and planning projects throughout the state.

How Was the Preserve New Jersey Fund Established?

In November 2014, New Jersey voters approved a change to the state constitution to provide a stable source of funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation by dedicating funds from the Corporate Business Tax.

The implementing legislation (S2456) was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in June 2016. The legislation defines the percentage of funding for the Historic Preservation Fund at 5 percent (likely between $3 and 4 million in available grant funds each year). However, the specific amount of available funding each year will be determined upon the resolution of that year's budget.

2021 Grant Round Overview

The 2021 Preserve New Jersey grant round is now open! Applications are due no later than 4:00pm on Thursday, April 29, 2021. For the 2021 round, the Trust will be offering Capital, Historic Site Management, and Heritage Tourism Planning grants. 

For full details about each grant type, award limits, matching requirements, and eligibility, please see the 2021 Grant Guidelines. Click the links below to learn more about each specific grant type: 

Click here for more information about Capital grants.

Click here for more information about Historic Site Management (HSM) grants.

Click here for more information about Heritage Tourism grants.


Please note, the application for the 2021 round is digital. In addition to your digital submission, you will also be required to submit a USB with all required supporting documents. Please see the "Supporting Documents" section below for links to the Supporting Documents Checklist for each grant type. 

In light of the ongoing pandemic, we are asking all applicants whenever possible to please submit their supporting document USB via mail or delivery service, rather than in person. This will help ensure the safety of our building staff, NJHT staff, and our applicants themselves. Applicants that submit their USB via mail or delivery service will receive a confirmation email when your USB is received.

If you are sending your USB to us via the United States Postal Service (USPS), please use the following address:
New Jersey Historic Trust
Department of Community Affairs
P.O. Box 457
Trenton, NJ 08625-0212

If you are sending your USB to us via a delivery service such as FedEx or UPS, please use the following address:
New Jersey Historic Trust
101 South Broad Street, Sixth Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

If you are unable to send your USB via mail or delivery service, we will be allowing limited in-person deliveries on Thursday, April 29 in the lobby of the DCA building at 101 S. Broad Street. You will be able to drop off your USB from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. No deliveries will be accepted between 12pm and 1pm. If you must deliver your USB in person, you are required to wear a mask or face covering and we ask that you keep your interactions with NJHT staff as brief as possible.

The Trust remains committed to the preservation of New Jersey's historic resources, and to our mutual health and safety. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply for projects that benefit churches and houses of worship

Guidelines and Fact Sheets

Read the guidelines carefully before applying. The guidelines include important information about eligible applicants and activities, criteria for evaluation, schedule for review, and more. See our Fact Sheet for more information about the 2021 Underrepresented Histories special initiative. 

2021 Preserve New Jersey Grant Guidelines 

Underrepresented Histories Special Initiative Fact Sheet


Each grant type has its own separate application for the 2021 grant round. All applicants are required to submit the online application, as well as a USB with all required attachments by the application deadline of April 29, 2021 at 4:00pm. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your 2021 grant application, please reach out to NJHT staff directly.    

Below are links to the online applications for each grant type:

Capital Online Application

Historic Site Management (HSM) Online Application

Heritage Tourism Online Application 


Below are links to the Word and PDF versions of the applications for each grant type:

Capital Application - Word and PDF

Historic Site Management (HSM) Application - Word and PDF

Heritage Tourism Application - Word and PDF 


Supporting Documents

The Trust requires specific supporting documentation as part of the grant application. These documents must be uploaded to a USB Drive and must be received via mail or in-person by April 29, 2021 at 4:00pm. If you are having trouble completing all of the required attachments, please reach out to NJHT staff directly.

Supporting documents must be organized into labeled folders that correspond to the attachment section. The USB drive must also contain a Table of Contents listing all supporting documents on the drive. Please note that the documentation requirements vary slightly among the different grant types offered in 2021--be sure to use the correct checklist when completing your application.  Below are links to the Supporting Document Checklists for each grant type:

Capital Supporting Documents Checklist

Historic Site Management (HSM) Supporting Documents Checklist

Heritage Tourism Supporting Documents Checklist 


Below are links to some of the required forms: 

Click here for the Applicant Assurances form.

Click here for the Owner Assurances form.

Click here for the Owner Authorization form

Applicant Workshop

On January 28th, the Trust offered a free Applicant Workshop as a virtual webinar hosted via Zoom. We strongly encouraged prospective applicants to attend the workshop to learn about the 2021 grant application.  

Overview of the 2021 Preserve NJ grants:

  • The 2021 grant round will accept applications for Capital Level I & II, Historic Site Management (HSM), and Heritage Tourism grants.

  • Applications are due by the grant deadline of 4:00 pm on April 29, 2021.

  • Applications will be available online. Supporting documents will be submitted on a USB drive.

  • Heritage Tourism projects will have their own separate application.

  • Multi-phase funding: Applicants will be able to apply for funding for multiple phases of projects. Each phase must be a request of at least $500,000.

  • Eligible applicants are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and entities of state, county or municipal government. Nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply for projects that benefit churches and houses of worship.

  • All applicant properties must be listed or certified eligible for listing on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places by August 2, 2021 to be considered for grant funds in this round

Click here to view the presentation (PDF)

Click here to view a recording of the presentation (YouTube)


Click here for additional resources to help with your application.