July 2023 


Thank you for your interest in the Monmouth County Historical Commission’s Historic Preservation Grant program. The Commission is the official County body created by the Board of County Commissioners 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 County Commissioners 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 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, houses of worship are no longer eligible for these grants.) Funds are allocated in the form of a dollar for dollar matching basis. There is a $500 minimum and a $10,000 maximum grant per applicant, which has been increased this year to encourage participation.

The applicant must read the application carefully. The application and the submission process will be reviewed at a Grants Workshop, to be held in-person at the Planning Board Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Hall of Records Annex, 1 East Main Street, Freehold, at 6:00 PM Monday, September 18, 2023. Register for link by contacting Executive Director, Meg Sharp Walton by e-mail at margaret.sharpwalton@co.monmouth.nj.us. 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 Friday, November 3, 2023 postmarked or delivery to Monmouth County Historical Commission, Hall of Records Annex (2nd Floor), 1 East Main Street, Freehold, N.J. 07728. The format requires completion of the attached application and submission with other required documents. Please note that although the application was designed for simplicity and intended to be user-friendly, the instructions must be followed carefully.

Barbara Kolarsick-Harrigan

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