Open Space, Recreation, Floodplain Protection, Farmland & Historic Preservation Trust Fund

The Trust Fund, established in 1998, is a dedicated program supporting open space acquisition and recreation development, as well as historical preservation and farmland protection throughout Bergen County.
The Trust Fund is divided into two separate programs, each having its own distinct goals and objectives.  The County Program uses Trust Fund dollars on a countywide basis for projects involving any of the four areas:  open space land acquisition, county recreation facilities, historic preservation, and farmland preservation.  Eligible applicants include county departments, municipalities and qualified non-profit organizations.  Seventy-percent of the Trust Fund goes towards this program. 

The remaining 30% of the Trust Fund goes towards the Municipal Park Improvement Program. Each of Bergen County’s 70 municipalities is eligible to apply to this program for help to improve their municipal open space and recreation facilities.  This program is designed to supplement local efforts and therefore requires a dollar-for-dollar match from the municipality.  

The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders annually reviews the tax rate and may set the tax anywhere from $0.00 to $0.01.
A current overview and summary listing of Trust Fund Program grant awards is found in the Trust Fund Summary of Grants Report listed under Quick Links in the right hand column.

The Trust Fund is administered by a Program Statement.