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FY11 Budget Restores Funding to Old Barracks and Battleship NJ Using Cultural Trust Funds

June 30, 2010

With the swipe of Governor Christie’s pen, the FY 2011 New Jersey state budget became law yesterday.

In the final budget, there is good news for the Old Barracks and Battleship New Jersey. While the Governor’s proposed budget scheduled these two institutions to lose their funding entirely, the finalized budget reinstates $1.7 million in funding for Battleship New Jersey, and $375,000 for Trenton’s Old Barracks. Additionally, the Newark Museum will be funded at $2.2 million.

Camden's Battleship New Jersey: one of two high-profile historic sites that retains state funding in the FY 2011 budget. Photo credit: Stephanie Weaver on http://www.uwishunu.com.

However, the effects the final budget will have on the state’s cultural and historical institutions overall remains to be seen. According to  Star-Ledger coverage, the appropriations to the three sites named above are made up of funds transferred out of the New Jersey Cultural Trust Fund. The Cultural Trust grants to history,  arts and humanities organizations throughout New Jersey, and diminished appropriations will reduce their granting capacity. In addition, Historic Morven (the non-profit in charge of the historic former Governor’s mansion in Princeton) and Save Ellis Island, two organizations also formerly funded with state appropriations but slated for elimination in the Governor’s proposed budget,  remain entirely eliminated from the final budget. These two sites will now become part of the group competing for Cultural Trust grants, putting even more strain on the already-diminished fund.

Stay tuned for more details….

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