Five preservation planning projects at historic sites in Union County have been recommended for 2012 Historic Preservation Grants by the New Jersey Historic Trust.

“The Historic Trust’s continued support for the preservation of New Jersey’s heritage will help these Union County communities maintain their sense of place,” said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III.

With the approval of the New Jersey Historic Trust Board of Trustees, the recommended projects will go before the Garden State Preservation Trust for ratification and then move on to the New Jersey Legislature for approval. The projects include the Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield, Oswald J. Nitschke House in Kenilworth, the Elizabeth and Gershom Frazee House in Scotch Plains, First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, and The Clearing in Summit which would receive a total of $187,078 in matching grant funding, with Grace Episcopal Church to be awarded $33,900.

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“This grant will go to support restoration of not only a historic site, but a gathering place which welcomes everyone. We are a diverse congregation which supports and impact many in our community," said Reverend Carolyn Eklund.

Funding for the 2012 grant round is coming from the Garden State Preservation Trust Fund. This grant round is devoted to Historic Sites Management Grants that support non-construction activities such as conditions assessments, engineering reports, construction documents, archaeology investigations, use feasibility studies and heritage tourism initiatives.

“Every grant round is highly competitive,” said Historic Trust Executive Director Dorothy P. Guzzo. “The projects recommended for funding in Union County are exceptional in their design and will not only help save our state’s significant history, but contribute to its economy.”

Visit Grace Episcopal Church's website for more information on its history, community strengthening programs, and to view the Tiffany stained glass windows featured in the Museum of Biblical Art's exhibition. For more information on the New Jersey Historic Trust, visit their website.