Qualified applicants are defined as a New Jersey:
- Municipal, county, regional or state redevelopment agency,
- Municipal, county, regional or state independent authority,
- Non-profit entity
- Private, for-profit entity that meet additional criteria detailed below and holds a valid New Jersey tax clearance certificate.
An Applicant in a lead role is the entity that is the sole recipient of grant funds and responsible for all terms of the grant agreement. The lead role applicant will serve as the primary point of contact with the Authority, submit any requests for fund disbursement, and provide reports to the Authority.
An applicant may only submit one application each in a lead role but can be included as a partner in additional applications where they play a non-lead role. Any named strategic partner or partners included in the proposal cannot be changed without the prior written consent of the Authority.
Applicants may add strategic partners whose experience, knowledge, skills, and ability may provide an advantage in the production of analyses and reports.
The strategic partnership must be recognized by a signed memorandum of understanding or a written agreement between the partner and the applicant and included in the completed application.
Private and nonprofit entities proposing projects in relation to public properties must provide a letter of approval from the chief executive of the public entities that hold ownership of the subject property. Assets owned by The State are not eligible for project applications, however assets owned by Independent State Authorities are eligible when accompanied by a letter of approval.
A proposal on behalf of a county or independent authority does not preclude a municipality within that county; or municipality or county within boundary of independent authority; or independent authority whose boundaries overlap a municipality or county from submitting their own proposal.