New Jersey Cultural Trust approves over $790K in 2024 Capital Historic Preservation grants

Advancing its ongoing commitment to ensuring a stable and healthy cultural industry, the New Jersey Cultural Trust Board approved a total of $798,395 in grants supporting capital projects at 21 nonprofit cultural organizations during an open public meeting held virtually Dec. 15. The nearly $800,000 in awards represents the largest total dollar amount the board has approved in grant awards in a single fiscal year since 2011.

With the FY2024 grant awards, the Cultural Trust has now awarded over $10.4 million in funding for historic preservation and financial stabilization projects across New Jersey to date.

“These grants are investments in the sustainability and longevity of sites significant to our state’s rich and diverse history,” Lt. Gov. Tahesha Way, who oversees the Cultural Trust in her capacity as secretary of state, said. “New Jersey’s historic places are essential to our state’s identity and culture, and the Cultural Trust’s Capital Historic Preservation program helps safeguard them for future generations.”

The Capital Historic Preservation program supports historic preservation projects at sites listed on the New Jersey and/or National Register of Historic Places, including stabilization, repair, restoration, adaptive reuse and accessibility improvements. All project proposals must be in conformance with the secretary of the interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

The maximum award amount for FY2024 grants was $40,000 — a 60% increase over the maximum award amount in FY2018, when the Capital Historic Preservation grant program was most recently offered. At the Cultural Trust Board meeting authorizing the FY2024 grant round, board members specifically approved this increase in response to inflation and the rising costs of materials and labor.

“The projects that come before the Cultural Trust are critical to the operations and missions of these historic sites and cultural organizations, and they’re only getting more expensive,” Cultural Trust Board Chair Bette Daniele said. “It’s important to the board that the Capital Historic Preservation program takes into account the on-the-ground realities facing the nonprofit organizations stewarding New Jersey’s historic places.”

The FY2024 awardees include arts and history organizations from 12 counties, with projects ranging from accessibility improvements and HVAC system upgrades to the stabilization and restoration of historically significant features including plasterwork and stained glass windows.

The FY2024 Capital Historic Preservation grant awards, as recommended by the New Jersey Historic Trust, are as follows:


FY2024 Capital Historic Preservation Awardees


Organization Project Name Town/City County Award Amount
Camden County Historical Society Pomona Hall Camden Camden


Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey Inc. USS New Jersey (BB-62) Camden Camden


Historic Cold Spring Village Historic Cold Spring Village Historic District Lower Township Cape May


Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (Cape May MAC) Emlen Physick Estate Cape May Cape May


Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum Hangar No. 1 Rio Grande Cape May


Millville Army Airfield Museum Base Headquarters, Millville Army Airfield Historic District Millville Cumberland


Montclair Historical Society Nathaniel Crane House and Clark House Montclair Essex


Gloucester County Historical Society Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup House Woodbury Gloucester


Save Ellis Island, Inc. Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island Jersey City Hudson


The 1759 Vought House, Inc. Christoffel Vought Homestead Clinton Township Hunterdon


Delaware River Mill Society Prallsville Mills Stockton Borough Hunterdon


Hunterdon Land Trust Case-Dvoor Farmstead Flemington Hunterdon


Historic Morven Inc. Morven Princeton Mercer


Old Barracks Museum Old Barracks Trenton Mercer


Friends of Millstone Township Historic Registered Properties Clarksburg Methodist Episcopal Church Millstone Township Monmouth


InfoAge Science History Center Camp Evans National Historic Landmark Wall Monmouth


South Street Theatre/the Community Theatre (Mayo Performing Arts Center) Community Theatre, Morristown Historic District Morristown Morris


American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark Botto House Haledon Passaic


Liberty Hall Museum Liberty Hall Museum Union Union


Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association Merchants and Drovers Tavern Rahway Union


Reeves-Reed Arboretum Wisner House Summit Union