July 2018

Historic Preservation Grant Program

Thank you for your interest in the Monmouth County Historical Commission’s Historical Preservation Grant program. The Commission is the official County body created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders for the promotion of preservation of Monmouth County history. Our principal program is the Historic Preservation Grants, an undertaking that recognizes the acute need for funding to preserve Monmouth County’s rich and diverse built environment. This program provides enabling funds to serve as a model for other giving and to encourage municipal and organizational commitment.

The Commission plans to grant funds allocated by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on a competitive basis to eligible applicants (i.e., municipalities and non-profit organizations), which need financial help in preserving or restoring historic structures. (Due to a recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, houses of worship are not eligible for these funds.) Funds are allocated in the form of a dollar for dollar matching basis. There is a $500 minimum and a $7,500 maximum grant (increased this year from $5,000) per applicant. The program is very competitive; therefore not every eligible applicant may receive a grant award.

The applicant must read the application carefully. The application and the submission process will be reviewed at a brief Grants Workshop, to be held at 6:00 PM, Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Planning Board Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Hall of Records Annex, 3 East Main Street, Freehold.  Please call or e-mail (as below) to let us know if you are coming.  Start your preparations early, as many have found that obtaining two reliable bids can be the most difficult and time-consuming step.

The deadline for applying is Monday, November 5, 2018 postmark or delivery. The format requires completion of the attached application and submission with other required documents. If you feel further guidance may be helpful, please contact the Commission at the Hall of Records Annex, Freehold, NJ 07728 or 732-431-7460, Ext. 7413. Our Executive Director, John Fabiano’s usual office days are Monday and Wednesdays, or contact him by e-mail at john.fabiano@co.monmouth.nj.us referencing the preservation grant program in the subject line. Please note that the application, designed for simplicity and intended to be user-friendly, must be followed carefully.


Barbara Kolarsick-Harrigan


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