PHOTO: Freeholder Lillian G. Burry and Monmouth County Historical Commissioner Glenn Cashion (right) congratulate Ken Frantz (center), Treasurer of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, at the Monmouth County Historical Commission’s Annual Grants Presentation ceremony on Feb. 22 in Freehold, NJ. The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society received a $3,910 grant for structural stabilization of Strauss Mansion.
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Historical Commission recently awarded preservation grants totaling $60,422 for 17 restoration projects.
“Most people are not simply satisfied to read about the history of Monmouth County; they want to experience our 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 us remember our roots and treasure the past 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 original 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 local 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 to accomplish these endeavors.
“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 and significance 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 request threshold 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. 22 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 www.visitmonmouth.com.
For information about the County’s Historical Commission call 732-431-7460, ext. 7413, or visit the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.
The 2016 Preservation Grant recipients are:
Allaire Village, Inc. (Wall) – James P. Allaire House exterior painting $2,250
Allentown Public Library Association – Rear shed roof replacement $1,988
Atlantic Highlands Historical Society – Strauss Mansion, Structural stabilization $3,910
Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea – Carnegie Library exterior painting $1,738
Borough of Little Silver – Parker Homestead east lean-to renovation $5,148
Borough of Matawan - Burrowes Mansion Cedar roof replacement $6,240
Borough of Tinton Falls – Crawford House exterior painting $1,688
First Baptist Church (Freehold) – Exterior painting $4,160
Friends of Millstone Historic Properties –
Baird House, South slate roof replacement $6,240
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield (Freehold Township) –
Craig House, Milk room window replacements $683
InfoAge Science History Center (Wall) – Marconi Hotel, Masonry repairs $2,704
Long Branch Historical Museum Association–
Church of Presidents exterior restoration $3,750
Monmouth County Historical Association (Freehold) –
Covenhoven House, Shingle roof replacement $6,240
Ocean Grove Historic Preservation Society (Neptune) –
Jersey Shore Arts Center interior door replacement $3,750
Old Wall Historical Association (Wall) –
Wheelwright Shop, Brick wall restoration $4,056
Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends –
Meeting House, Cedar shake replacement $2,550
Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association (Long Branch) –
Ross Island stone hut restoration $3,328