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Historic Preservation Certified Local Government Grants

Purpose of Funding
The Certified Local Government (CLG) Program offers the opportunity to participate more directly in state and federal historic preservation programs. The goals for the Historic Preservation Fund Grant projects are to identify all buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts that are significant in American historic, architecture, archaeology, and engineering, and that meet criteria for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and implement planning tools for the protection of these resources.

Source of Funding
US Department of Interior-National Park Service (NPS)

Statutory Citation
National Historic Preservation Act, P.L. 89-655, as amended

Who is Eligible

  • Local governments certified by the HPO and National Park Service on or before the grant application deadline
  • Municipalities participating in the CLG program
  • Local governments that have submitted their Historic Preservation Commission's annual report for the last calendar year in accordance with the CLG Program Guidelines.

**These requirements do not apply to communities that were not certified or required to submit annual reports.  Applicants are not required to provide a local matching share for all eligible costs. 

Qualifications Required for Consideration

  • Grant awards will be made to the applicants whose proposals meet the established funding priorities and are the most advantageous to the Historic Preservation Office (HPO), cost and other factors considered.
  • The Historic Preservation Office uses a competitive selection process and awards grants to projects that best meet the evaluation criteria and funding priorities described in the application packet.

Grant Limitations

  • Newly formed historic preservation commissions, or entrants into the CLG program are afforded the opportunity to apply for technical assistance, training and professional services grants. 
  • The maximum individual grant award will be $70,000 and the minimum award is $9,000.  All grants are awarded contingent upon the availability of federal funds.

Application Procedures
Each year notification of availability is mailed to the mayors and copied to the historic preservation commission chairs.  Applications are available online or upon request.

Review Process

  1. Applications reviewed by staff for completeness
  2. Applications reviewed by panels of peers
  3. Recommendations for funding made to Asst Commissioner, who is signatory to award letters

For More Information, Contact;
Andrea Tingey, Principal Historic Preservation
NJDEP - Natural & Historic Resources
Historic Preservation Office
Mail Code 501-4B
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625‑0420
(609) 984-0539


Application Deadline

As stated in application.

Notification Date

As stated in application.

Total to be Distributed


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Certified Local Government
(CLG) Program
Participation in the CLG program requires that a municipality have a historic preservation ordinance and a historic preservation commission conforming to the specifications of both the Municipal Land Use Law and the National Park Service approved New Jersey Certified Local Government Guidelines.  As a CLG, the community is eligible to apply for Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants for a variety of local preservation activities.

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