mc millstone baird house grantPhoto: Commissioner Ellen Tracy, Friends of Millstone Township Historic Properties Vice President Debbie Novellino, Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry and Friends of Millstone Township Historic Properties President Patricia Butch attend the Monmouth County Historical Commission’s preservation grant award ceremony on Monday, Feb. 24 in Freehold, NJ. Debbie Novellino and Patricia Butch accepted a $5,000 grant for roof repair at Baird House in Millstone.

13 projects share in $64,411 grant money

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Historical Commission awarded preservation grants recently for 13 restoration projects that totaled $64,411.


“Most people are not simply satisfied to read about Monmouth County’s history; they want to experience history and visit our many sites,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County Historical Commission. “I am proud to say that the County strives to preserve historic structures that help remind us that we must treasure and remember our roots and the people who built our communities.”

The Historical Commission is dedicated to preserving the past and creating a living history. The types of projects eligible for funding are preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of historic structures, usually 50 years or older, and which are accessible to the public. The program covers essentially structural work for projects commonly known as “bricks and mortar” undertakings.

“The on-going preservation and restoration of meeting halls, offices, churches and former homes helps make history real and present in our daily lives,” Burry said. “It is important to maintain and restore these landmarks to their glory and interpret their importance for generations to come.”

The Monmouth County Historical Commission was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders for the preservation and conservation of Monmouth County history. Established in August 1988, its principal program is the preservation grants, an undertaking that recognizes the acute need for funds to preserve Monmouth County’s rich and diverse historic legacy. The commission grants matching funds on a competitive basis to municipalities and nonprofit organizations needing financial help in the preservation or restoration of historic structures.

“The Historical Commission provides both sustained support and an open door for new projects,”   said John Fabiano, executive director of the Historical Commission. “Once again, we have an interesting mix of grantees that are moving these great preservation projects forward.”

Each grant application must include a description of the mission, its meaning to history and the significance and the audience it serves. It must also include a detailed budget, a source of funding available for the applicant’s dollar-for-dollar contribution, detailed quotations for the work, the materials to be used and a time frame for completion.

There is a $500 minimum per applicant in any year. The program is competitive and the commission requires proof of the availability of matching funds.

The Historical Commission’s Annual Preservation Awards ceremony was held Feb. 24 at the Hall of Records in Freehold where recipients received checks for the first half of their award.

Each grantee is required to submit interim and final reports. The interim report is due when 50 percent of the work is completed. The final report, due at completion, must show evidence of completion and a canceled check to document payment to the contractor.

The deadline for applying for the preservation grants is Nov. 1 of every year. Information about the Historical Commission grant program can be found at

For information about the County’s Historical Commission, contact the Hall of Records, Room 201, Freehold, NJ 07728, call 732-431-7460, ext. 7413, or visit the County’s website at

The 2014 Preservation Grant recipients are:


Battleground Historical Society (Englishtown) –

Village Inn Porch roof restoration                                                                $4,000

Borough of Fair Haven - Bicentennial Hall front entry restoration                    $3,713

Friends of Monmouth Battlefield (Freehold) –

Craig House window replacement                                                                $2,915

Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association (Long Branch) –

Ross Island Stone Hut                                                                                $4,000

Long Branch Historical Museum Association –

Church of Presidents, West gable siding restoration                                       $7,444

Borough of Matawan - Burrowes Mansion Cedar shake roof                            $7,000

Monmouth County Historical Association (Holmdel & Shrewsbury) –

Holmes-Hendrickson & Allen House Exterior Restoration                                 $7,500

Old Tennent Church (Manalapan) – restoration of exterior doors                     $4,357

Friends of Millstone Historic Properties – Baird House roof repair                     $5,000

Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting –

Cedar Shakes on the north and west sides                                                    $7,500

Christ Church (Shrewsbury) – Clock face painting                                         $925

Borough of Tinton Falls - Crawford House first floor ceiling                              $5,057

Old Wall Historical Association (Wall) – Farm house exterior painting               $5,000