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Historic Preservation Grants

Kelly C. Ruffel, Director
Cultural & Historic Affairs
199 Totowa Road, Wayne, NJ
973-706-6640
kellyr@passaiccountynj.org
OPEN SPACE, FARMLAND, & HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND:Historic Preservation Component

Van Riper-Hopper House

Passaic County, New Jersey has produced a rich heritage of historic and architecturally significant sites, many of which are still in existence today. These sites represent important historic events and trends, significant individuals, numerous architecture styles and illustrate craftsmanship of by-gone eras. In order to help preserve these historic sites the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved, the expansion of the existing open space and farmland preservation trust programs to include historic preservation activities.


Eligible applicants for funds from the program are municipal governments within Passaic County and non-profit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code.

Eligible properties include individual sites or sites within the boundaries of a historic district which are listed on either the local, State, or National Register of Historic Places. Historic sites, which are certified as eligible by the State Historic Preservation Office or contribute to an eligible historic district, are also eligible.

Acceptable activities include stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, and emergency stabilization. Plans and reports related to the implementation of historic preservation projects are also accepted. The eligible activities allowed under this funding program must be in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

The applications are submitted to the office of the Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs. These submissions are reviewed by the for completeness and are then submitted to the Open Space Coordinator and Open Space Advisory Committee for review. This panel reviews and rates each application based on eligibility criteria. The quality of the submitted documents and plans are analyzed and the ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed project is considered in the ranking. The panel also factors in any proposed interpretive programs and the impact the project would have on heritage tourism. The recommendations of the Advisory Committee are then forwarded to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders who then reviews each of the applications and the Committee's recommendations prior to taking formal action.

2018 Grant Information & Resources

For more information on the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, & Historic Preservation Trust Fund, please visit www.passaiccountynj.org/openspace


2017 Historic Preservation Grantees

American Labor Museum/Botto House - Roof Replacement

Botto House
The American Labor Museum is housed in the 1908 Botto House, a National Historic Landmark. the Botto House belonged to silk mill workers Pietro and Maria Botto. It gained a prominent role in labor history when it became the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. It is the only labor museum of its kind in the country. The Continued maintenance of the Botto House is a high priority for the museum and community it serves. The roof of the Botto House was beginning to leak and as a preventative measure and to avoid increasing roof damage, the Museum applied to replace the roof in kind.


City of Paterson - Paterson Vistas Park Site Clean-up


Vistas Startup Paterson
City of Paterson's application for made for initial funding to improve general site conditions at the new Paterson Vistas Park located within the boundary of the Great Falls Historic District. This project is considered Phase I of the redevelopment of the site into a fully realized park. The overall goal is to open the new park for public use as soon as site conditions are improved. Phase II (master planning) and Phase III (construction) will commence as Phase I is completed.





Daughters of the American Revolution - Conditions Assessment for the Schuyler-Colfax House

Schuyler Colfax House
The purpose of the conditions assessment report was to provide an updated plan for the future rehabilitation and preservation of the Schuyler-Colfax House in Wayne, New Jersey. The building was constructed over three phases, in c.1700, c.1720, and in the late-eighteenth century. The building survives today as a fine example of an eighteenth century Dutch-American masonry house and its connection to the Dutch-American cultural group. The Schuyler-Colfax House was listed individually on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places in 1972 and 1973, respectively, for its architecture. The Township of Wayne acquired the property in 1992 and has operated the house as a museum. The building suffered significant storm damage in 1999, and as a result has been closed to the public since. The Hester Schuyler Colfax Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is currently involved as facilitator and grant writer on behalf of the Township to help the property’s use and long-term preservation.

Pompton Reformed Church - Restoration of Martin J. Ryerson Gravestone

Pompton Reformed ChurchThe Pompton Reformed Church was constructed in 1814 and is an example of early ecclesiastical architecture in America. It was designated as a municipal historic landmark on March 20, 2001 and therefore meets the grant eligibility requirements as a historic site, which includes the buildings and their setting, such as the cemetery. Construction funding for the church was largely provided by Martin J. Ryerson, who is also interred on site. The purpose of the grant application was to help fund the preservation of Ryerson’s grave, which was in deplorable condition. The project included the restoration of existing marble material and reconstruction of the current parapet to keep the structure stable.

For more information on Historic Preservation Grants and new grant rounds please contact the Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs kellyr@passaiccountynj.org or 973-706-6640.