TRENTON, N.J. (December 16, 2020) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that applications are open for Sustain and Serve NJ, a $2 million grant program that will provide funding to organizations to purchase meals from New Jersey-based restaurants that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information and the program application are available at https://business.nj.gov/covid/eligibility-for-sustain-and-serve. Applications are due by January 8, 2021.
 
While restaurants may not directly apply for Sustain and Serve NJ grants, restaurants interested in providing meals through the program may opt to have their information posted publicly on the NJ COVID-19 Business Information Hub by completing the Sustain and Serve NJ Restaurant Interest Form available at https://forms.business.nj.gov/ssnj/restaurants/interest/.
 
“The NJEDA’s COVID-19 relief efforts have prioritized supporting industries and communities that have been the most severely impacted by the pandemic. We know the restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard, and we are committed to ensuring restaurants have the resources they need to stay in business while keeping their employees and customers safe,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Phase 3 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program committed more than $35 million in targeted funding to restaurants. Now Sustain and Serve NJ builds on that with additional relief for our restaurant sector. This is crucial to ensuring New Jersey’s communities and economy withstand the pandemic and are in a strong position to recover.”
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit restaurants harder than almost any other industry. Without assistance, 37 percent of New Jersey restaurant owners predict they will have to close in the next six months. To support restaurants impacted by the pandemic, Sustain and Serve NJ makes up to $2 million of funding from the NJEDA Economic Recovery Fund available to organizations in New Jersey. Eligible organizations will receive grants of at least $100,000 for bulk purchases of meals from New Jersey-based restaurants.
 
The program is open to entities that are legally registered to do business in New Jersey and are in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and the New Jersey Division of Taxation, including 501(c) non-profit organizations. Grant applicants will be required to demonstrate prior bulk purchases of 3,000 or more meals valued at $50,000 or more from New Jersey-based restaurants since March 9, 2020.
 
In addition to meeting these requirements, applicants will need to identify the restaurant or restaurants from which they will be purchasing meals. To receive funding, participating restaurants must have 50 or fewer employees; maintain a physical commercial location in New Jersey; be legally registered to do business in New Jersey; be in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor, New Jersey Division of Taxation, and (where applicable) the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control; and possess valid certification from municipal or county government inspection showing a current rating of Satisfactory per the New Jersey Retail Food Establishment Rating system. Restaurants will also have to certify that they were in operation on or before February 15, 2020, and detail how their business has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Applications for Sustain and Serve NJ grants are due by January 8th, 2021. Restaurants may not directly apply for grants, but may express interest in the program and have their information posted publicly by completing the Sustain and Serve NJ Restaurant Interest Form. Applicants can refer to the list of restaurants that have expressed interest when deciding where to purchase meals. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement from NJEDA as to eligibility and applicants are strongly advised to exercise due diligence when selecting participating restaurants.
 
Grant funding awarded through the Sustain and Serve NJ Program will be restricted to expenses related to the direct cost of purchasing meals, as determined by participating restaurant(s). This cost may include the restaurant’s cost of food and ingredients, labor, packaging, facilities, and profit margin. Sales tax and gratuity cannot be paid for using grant funds. Reimbursement will be capped at $10 per meal. No other expense incurred by the grantee, whether in support of the meal purchase from the restaurant or otherwise, is eligible. Grant funding can only be used to support expenses incurred between the date of grant execution and April 30, 2021.
 
In addition to Sustain and Serve NJ, the NJEDA administers a variety of grant, low-cost financing, and technical assistance programs for small and mid-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19, including $35 million of targeted grant funding for restaurants through Phase 3 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Comprehensive information about these programs and other State support for businesses impacted by the pandemic is available at https://cv.business.nj.gov.
 
 
About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.
 
To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 

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TRENTON, N.J. (December 16, 2020) – Only one day remains for New Jersey small businesses to receive discounts of nearly 70 percent on purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. The deadline to receive discounts is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 17th. Businesses will still be able to purchase PPE at 10 percent discounts after this time, but higher discounts for small businesses will no longer be available. Businesses can purchase discounted PPE now at https://ppe.covid19.nj.gov.

Launched in October 2020 in response to high demand for affordable PPE, the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program allows New Jersey businesses to purchase discounted PPE through NJEDA identified and vetted “Designated Vendors.” Current Designated Vendors include Boxed, Office Depot, and Staples. These suppliers have created “microsites” where any New Jersey-based business or nonprofit can purchase PPE at a 10 percent discount.

In addition to the 10 percent discounts available to all businesses, the NJEDA has also made $20.4 million available to provide additional discounts of 65 percent to businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees that make purchases from Staples or Office Depot. These discounts are available in addition to the 10 percent discounts available to all businesses; meaning businesses with 100 or fewer employees can receive nearly 70 percent off PPE purchases, up to a program cap of $800 for all eligible businesses or $1,000 for businesses located in one of New Jersey’s 715 census tracts that were eligible to be designated as Opportunity Zones.

Small businesses and organizations interested in receiving these additional discounts on PPE purchases must apply at https://ppe.covid19.nj.gov. These nearly 70 percent discounts expire tomorrow, December 17th, so businesses that want to benefit should make purchases as soon as possible. Businesses and nonprofits will still be able to receive 10 percent discounts on PPE purchases after this date.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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TRENTON, N.J. (December 15, 2020) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today approved the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab to participate in NJ Accelerate. The Multicultural Innovation Lab is the first “Approved Accelerator” accepted into the program, and the NJEDA expects to announce additional participants in the coming months. In addition to support participating entrepreneurs receive from the accelerator program, the NJEDA will also provide direct loans and rent support for graduates from the program that are located in New Jersey. Additional information on NJ Accelerate is available at https://www.njeda.com/njaccelerate.
 
“New companies that scale and grow in New Jersey are one of the biggest drivers of long-term economic growth. Providing the support these businesses need to succeed is central to Governor Murphy’s strategy for building a stronger, fairer New Jersey. Connecting New Jersey-based companies with leading accelerator programs from around the country and incentivizing graduates from these programs to establish operations in New Jersey through the NJ Accelerate program will not only help our entrepreneurs succeed, but will also bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars into the state,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Partnering with Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab is an important step toward these outcomes that also aligns closely with our overarching goal of creating the most diverse innovation ecosystem in the nation and doubling venture capital investment in the state.”
 
The NJEDA launched NJ Accelerate in 2020 to grow New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem by incentivizing accelerators to recruit participants in New Jersey and startups to locate in the state after graduating from approved accelerators. An accelerator is a cohort-based “boot camp” for startups that offers educational and mentorship programs as well as providing connections to venture capitalists, angel investors, and corporate executives who can help early-stage companies grow. Many accelerators also provide investment capital and office space.
 
The Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab was created in 2017 to drive positive economic outcomes for multicultural and women-led companies in the post-seed to Series B funding rounds by providing content, visibility, technical support, and connectivity with important stakeholders who can accelerate the growth of participants’ businesses. The accelerator is built around tailored support and expertise entrepreneurs receive from a dedicated Morgan Stanley team.
 
“Morgan Stanley is committed to bringing attention to the funding gap facing women and multicultural entrepreneurs and offering strategies for investors to close the gap, as evidenced in our recent research report,” said Carla Harris, Vice Chairman and Co-Head of the Multicultural Client Strategy Group at Morgan Stanley. “It’s programs like NJ Accelerate and the MCIL that are critical in helping diverse entrepreneurs have equitable access to capital, and I look forward to partnering with the team at NJEDA to make strides on this mission.”
 
To date, 32 tech or tech-enabled companies have participated in the Lab, with many going on to successful acquisitions and additional funding rounds. The 2020 cohort startups include companies with innovative strategies across sectors such as health care, human-resources tech, food tech, materials, and business analytics.
 
“Despite evidence proving that diverse companies perform better, it remains challenging for women and multicultural entrepreneurs to access funding, mentorship opportunities, and other resources that can allow them to grow their businesses. This not only hurts the companies, but it also deprives all of us of the creative ideas and groundbreaking products that these innovators could pioneer if given equitable access to opportunities,” said Alice Vilma, Co-Head of the Multicultural Innovation Lab. “The Multicultural Innovation Lab aims to address these inequities in the innovation ecosystem and help women and multicultural entrepreneurs succeed. We are proud to work with the NJEDA to expand access to this important program.”
 
The NJEDA will disseminate information about the Multicultural Innovation Lab and encourage well-qualified companies to participate. In addition, the NJEDA will provide up to $25,000 in sponsorship funding for accelerator-led events, such as road shows, in-person classes, pitch competitions, and networking events held in New Jersey.
 
The Multicultural Innovation Lab’s Approved Accelerator status will also benefit companies that participate in the accelerator if they locate in New Jersey after completing the program. The NJEDA will match funding provided by accelerators up to $250,000 for businesses that locate in New Jersey within six months after graduating from the approved programs. A five percent bonus is available for companies that are certified as women- or minority-owned. The NJEDA will also provide rent support for up to six months if a company locates in an approved NJ Ignite collaborative workspace.
 
Accelerators and entrepreneurs interested in participating in the NJ Accelerate program are encouraged to contact the NJEDA at NJAccelerate@njeda.com. Additional information and detailed eligibility criteria for both accelerator programs and entrepreneurs are available at https://www.njeda.com/njaccelerate.
 
 
About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.
 
To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.
 

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TRENTON, N.J. (15 de diciembre de 2020) – La Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey (NJEDA), en coordinación con los departamentos de Servicios Humanos (DHS) y de Niños y Familias de (DCF) de New Jersey, emitió una solicitud de información (Request for Information, RFI) el viernes en busca de aportes e ideas sobre formas de construir la capacidad y la sostenibilidad empresarial de los proveedores de cuidado infantil de New Jersey. La RFI apunta a identificar los desafíos empresariales que estos proveedores enfrentan mientras operan durante la pandemia de la COVID-19. Las respuestas deben entregarse a más tardar a las 11:59 p. m. del 8 de enero de 2021. La RFI se puede encontrar en https://www.njeda.com/Bidding-Opportunities-General/Economic-Transformation-RFIs.

Esta RFI busca información referente a los obstáculos y posibles desigualdades que los proveedores de cuidado infantil de todos los tipos han enfrentado para manejar sus negocios, acceder a capital y establecer alianzas. La NJEDA busca entender mejor los desafíos a corto y largo plazo que los proveedores de cuidado infantil enfrentan en sus operaciones de negocios, incluidos desafíos para acceder a recursos públicos (p. ej., programa Paycheck Protection [PPP], subsidios de asistencia de emergencia a pequeñas empresas de NJEDA, subsidios a proveedores durante la pandemia de la COVID-19 del DCH) y capital privado. Los aportes recabados ayudar a fortalecer el sector de cuidado infantil de New Jersey al identificar estrategias, programas u otras iniciativas que podrían apuntalar recursos críticos mientras el estado sigue respondiendo a la pandemia.
 
La NJEDA también está solicitando ideas para soluciones a estos desafíos, que incluyen programas de capacitación y asistencia técnica para proveedores de cuidado infantil sobre operaciones empresariales, ampliación de las alianzas entre proveedores y fuentes de financiamiento para apoyar las operaciones de cuidado infantil.

“Con esta RFI, dimos un paso importante para abordar los desafíos de larga duración que los proveedores de cuidado infantil enfrentan, además de nuevos obstáculos que trajo la pandemia”, dijo el director ejecutivo de NJEDA Tim Sullivan. “Los proveedores de cuidado infantil son esenciales para la fortaleza y la resiliencia de nuestra economía. El Gobernador Murphy ha sido firme en su compromiso de reconstruir la economía de nuestro estado de manera equitativa. A través de iniciativas como esta RFI, estamos trabajando con nuestros socios dentro y alrededor del gobierno estatal para alcanzar ese objetivo.”

La RFI busca respuestas de entidades como proveedores de cuidado infantil, proveedores de asistencia técnica de cuidado infantil, organizaciones de defensa del cuidado infantil, organizaciones que apoyan a las empresas e iniciativas empresariales, agencias de Recursos y derivación de cuidado infantil (Child Care Resource Referral, CCR&R), instituciones financieras para el desarrollo de la comunidad (Community Development Financial Institutions, CDFI) que proporcionan préstamos o apoyo financiero a proveedores de cuidado infantil, investigadores de políticas y académicos y fundaciones e iniciativas filantrópicas que apoyan el cuidado infantil. La Autoridad también está interesada en escuchar perspectivas de organizaciones que posiblemente podrían ofrecer asistencia técnica a proveedores de cuidado infantil dentro de New Jersey.

“El cuidado infantil es esencial para la recuperación de nuestra economía y para el desarrollo de nuestros niños.  La administración Murphy ha trabajado duro para apoyar las necesidades de cuidado infantil de las familias trabajadoras y los proveedores que las atienden durante esta crisis de salud pública en curso con mayor financiamiento, asistencia con matrículas y becas, pero más se necesita más trabajo”, dijo Carole Johnson, comisionada del DHS. “Nos complace haber colaborado con la NJEDA y el DCF en esta RFI para ayudar a la NJEDA a obtener aportes respecto a cómo puede usar sus fortalezas para apoyar mejor el cuidado infantil cuando más se necesita.”

La comisionada del DCF, Christine Norbut Beyer, repitió la necesidad de acceso a cuidado infantil confiable, seguro, asequible, accesible y de calidad.

“La COVID-19 ha obligado a muchas familias a ajustar sus horarios de trabajo, patrones de traslados y la forma en la que sus hijos aprenden”, dijo la comisionada Beyer. “Es esencial que tengan acceso a cuidado infantil confiable dentro de sus propios vecindarios y que estos proveedores cuenten con las herramientas que necesitan para operar de forma segura.”

La RFI es el último de una serie de pasos que el Estado de New Jersey está tomando para aliviar la carga que las familias, en particular aquellas con niños pequeños, enfrentan mientras transitan los impactos económicos de la COVID-19, además del impacto económico sobre los proveedores de cuidado infantil. Esto incluye proporcionar equipos de protección personal (EPP) a centros de cuidado infantil y proveedores de cuidado infantil familiares, exonerar los copagos de los padres en el programa de subsidios para cuidado infantil del estado, apoyo con matrículas para supervisión en edad escolar y muchos otros recursos. Puede encontrar una lista completa de estos programas en la RFI en https://www.njeda.com/Bidding-Opportunities-General/Economic-Transformation-RFIs.

Además, el Programa de subsidios de asistencia de emergencia para pequeñas empresas de la NJEDA ha proporcionado a más de 600 proveedores de cuidado infantil casi $6.3 millones en subsidios de NJEDA a través de la Fase 2 y la Fase 3 del Programa de subsidios de asistencia de emergencia para pequeñas empresas. También se ha alentado a los proveedores de cuidado infantil a inscribirse en el Programa de acceso a EPP de la NJEDA, con descuentos de hasta el 70 % en EPP.

Todas las preguntas relacionadas con esta RFI deben enviarse por escrito a más tardar a las 11:59 p. m. hora del Este, del 23 de diciembre de 2020, por correo electrónico a: childcarerfi@njeda.com. La línea del asunto del correo electrónico debe decir: “Questions-2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-Childcare-116”. Las respuestas a las preguntas se presentarán públicamente en el sitio web de la Autoridad alrededor del 30 de diciembre de 2020 en: https://www.njeda.com/Bidding-Opportunities-General/Economic-Transformation-RFIs  como una adenda.

Todas las respuestas de la RFI deben enviarse por escrito a más tardar a las 11:59 p. m. hora del Este, del 8 de enero de 2021, por correo electrónico a: childcarerfi@njeda.com. La línea del asunto del correo electrónico debe decir: “RFI Response-2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-Childcare-116”.

Acerca de la NJEDA
La Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey (NJEDA) es la agencia principal del Estado para impulsar el desarrollo económico. La NJEDA tiene el compromiso de hacer del Estado de New Jersey un modelo nacional para el desarrollo económico inclusivo y sostenible al centrarse en estrategias claves para ayudar a construir comunidades fuertes y dinámicas, crear buenos trabajos para los residentes de New Jersey y ofrecer oportunidades para una economía más sólida y justa. Mediante asociaciones con diversas partes interesadas, la NJEDA crea e implementa iniciativas para mejorar la vitalidad económica y la calidad de vida en el Estado y para fortalecer la competitividad económica a largo plazo de New Jersey.

La NJEDA administra una variedad de programas de subsidio, financiamiento a bajo costo y asistencia técnica para pequeñas y medianas empresas afectadas por la COVID-19. Puede encontrar información completa sobre estos programas y otros apoyos estatales para las empresas afectadas por la pandemia en https://business.nj.gov/covid.
 
Para obtener más información acerca de los recursos de la NJEDA para empresas, llame a la línea de atención al cliente de NJEDA al 609-858-6767 o visite https://www.njeda.com y siga a @NewJerseyEDA en Facebook, Twitter, Instagram y LinkedIn.
 
 
 

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New Jersey households, on average, hold more debt than households in the rest of the US. This is largely a function of home prices being higher than the US average, and mortgage debt accounts for more than 70 percent of New Jersey household debt.  Debt becomes a particular concern during a recession, as the income used to service that debt (pay back interest and principle) can fall or dry up altogether, causing debt payment delinquencies, housing foreclosures, and bankruptcy.

Unlike during other economic downturns, federal and state governments have stepped in to forestall the impact of household debt during the pandemic. These governments have acted in two main ways to provide relief to consumer balance sheets: providing funds directly to households to bridge the income gap and through forbearance on federally-backed debts. The CARES Act provided for a six-month moratorium on payments of federally guaranteed mortgages and student loans. These forbearance periods are renewable for up to twelve months. Moreover, some private lenders voluntarily provided forbearance for auto and other types of loans.

The result has been an actual decline in delinquency rates, foreclosures, and household bankruptcies during the time of the pandemic. Thus, the government’s actions have had a clear positive impact on household balance sheets, reflected in the following charts. But there are significant questions ahead for policy makers. When forbearance ends and households are required to restart payments, will employment and household income have recovered sufficiently to stave off this renewed stress on household balance sheets? The answer to this question will have significant implications for the economy.

Indicator 1 – Household Debt Per Capita

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

New Jersey households hold more debt per capital than the US as a whole. Over 70 percent of New Jersey household debt – approximately $41,000 per household – is in the form of mortgage debt. This mortgage debt share is a bit above the national average of 69 percent. It is interesting to note debt per capita in New Jersey has never rebounded to the level it was at before the Great Recession, which is not the case in other states in the region or for the US as a whole. It is possible New Jersey households on average became more risk-averse than those in other areas of the country. It is also likely an aging population in New Jersey plays some role, as does a lower home ownership rate relative to pre-2008, although these are also factors for the rest of the US.

Indicator 2 – Percent of Household Debt Balance 90+ Days Delinquent

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Delinquency rates in New Jersey and the rest of the country have dropped, reflecting the uptake in CARES Act and voluntarily provided forbearance. There are two main impacts of forbearance. One is obvious – the ability to skip or defer debt payments. The other is protection of borrowers’ credit records.

Indicator 3 – Percent of Consumers with New Home Foreclosures

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York
*Consumers with credit reports

Federally backed mortgages are protected from foreclosure through the CARES act. Thus, foreclosure rates are at all-time lows. In the third quarter of 2020, less than one percent of consumers underwent new home foreclosures.

Indicator 4 – Percent of Consumers with New Bankruptcies

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York
*Consumers with credit reports
Moratoriums on debt payments have brought bankruptcy rates to all-time lows. This experience is quite different than what occurred in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession, when bankruptcy rates in New Jersey tripled.

TRENTON, N.J. (December 11, 2020) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), in coordination with the New Jersey departments of Human Services (DHS) and Children and Families (DCF), today issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking insights and ideas on ways to build the business capacity and sustainability of child care providers in New Jersey. The RFI aims to identify business challenges that these providers face as they operate throughout COVID-19. Responses are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 8, 2021. The RFI can be found at https://www.njeda.com/Bidding-Opportunities-General/Economic-Transformation-RFIs.

This RFI seeks information on obstacles and potential disparities that child care providers of all types have encountered managing their businesses, accessing capital, and establishing partnerships. The NJEDA is looking to better understand the short- and long-term challenges child care providers are facing in their business operations, including challenges to accessing public resources (e.g., Paycheck Protection Program [PPP], NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grants, DHS COVID-19 Provider Grants) and private capital. The input gathered will help strengthen the Garden State’s child care sector by identifying strategies, programs, or other initiatives that could shore up critical resources as the state continues to respond to the pandemic.
 
The NJEDA is also requesting ideas on solutions to these challenges, including training and technical assistance programs for child care providers on business operations; expanded partnerships among providers; and funding sources to support child care operations.

“Today we took an important step to address the longstanding challenges that child care providers face, as well as new obstacles brought on by the ongoing pandemic,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan “Child care providers are critical to the strength and resilience of our economy. Governor Murphy has been unwavering in his commitment to rebuilding our state’s economy in an equitable manner. Through initiatives such as this RFI, we are working with our partners in and around state government to achieve that goal.”

The RFI seeks responses from such entities as child care providers; child care technical assistance providers; child care advocacy organizations; business and entrepreneurship support organizations; Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies; Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) providing loans and/or financial support to child care providers; policy and academic researchers; and foundations and philanthropic initiatives that support child care. The Authority is also interested in hearing perspectives from organizations that could potentially deliver technical assistance to child care providers within New Jersey.

“Child care is essential both to our economic recovery and to our children's development.  The Murphy Administration has worked hard to support working families' child care needs and the providers who serve them throughout this ongoing public health crisis with increased funding, tuition assistance and grants, but more work is needed,” DHS Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “We are pleased to have collaborated with NJEDA and DCF on this RFI to help NJEDA get input on how it can use its strengths to best support child care when it’s needed most.”

DCF Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer echoed the need for access to reliable, safe, affordable, accessible, and quality child care.

“COVID-19 has forced many families to adjust their work schedules, commuting patterns, and the way their children learn,” said Commissioner Beyer. “It is essential that they have access to reliable child care within their own neighborhoods and that these providers have the tools they need to operate safely.”

The RFI announced today is the latest in a series of steps the State of New Jersey is taking to alleviate the burden families – particularly those with young children – face while navigating the economic impacts of COVID-19, as well as the economic impact on child care providers. This includes providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to child care centers and family child care providers, waiving parent co-pays in the State’s child care subsidy program, tuition support for school-aged supervision, and many other resources. A full list of these programs can be found within the RFI at https://www.njeda.com/Bidding-Opportunities-General/Economic-Transformation-RFIs.

Additionally, NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program has provided over 600 child care providers with nearly $6.3 million in in grants from NJEDA through Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Child care providers have also been encouraged to enroll in NJEDA’s PPE Access Program, with discounts of up to 70% on PPE.

All questions concerning this RFI must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST, on December 23, 2020 via e-mail to: childcarerfi@njeda.com. The subject line of the e-mail should state: “Questions-2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-Childcare-116”. Answers to questions submitted will be publicly posted on the Authority’s website on or about December 30, 2020 at: https://www.njeda.com/Bidding-Opportunities-General/Economic-Transformation-RFIs  as Addendum.

All RFI responses must be submitted in writing no later than 11:59 PM EST on January 8, 2021, via e-mail to: childcarerfi@njeda.com. The subject line of the e-mail should state: “RFI Response-2020-RFI-OET-COVID19-Childcare-116”.

About NJEDA
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

The NJEDA administers a variety of grant, low-cost financing, and technical assistance programs for small and mid-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19. Comprehensive information about these programs and other State support for businesses impacted by the pandemic is available at https://business.nj.gov/covid. 
 
To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
 
 

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TRENTON, N.J. (9 de diciembre de 2020) – En respuesta a la demanda significativa de apoyo a través del programa, la Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey (NJEDA) anunció hoy que extenderá el plazo para que las empresas reciban descuentos de aproximadamente el 70% en compras de equipos de protección personal (PPE) realizadas a través del Programa de acceso a PPE para pequeñas y microempresas de NJ una semana, al martes 17 de diciembre de 2020. Hasta la fecha, más de 7,500 empresas y organizaciones han sido aprobadas para recibir más de $6.4 millones en descuentos a través del programa. Puede encontrar más información en https://ppe.covid19.nj.gov
 
El Programa de acceso a PPE para pequeñas y microempresas de NJ permite a las empresas de New Jersey comprar PPE con descuento a través de "proveedores designados" identificados y seleccionados por la NJEDA. Los proveedores designados actuales incluyen Boxed, Office Depot y Staples. Estos proveedores crearon "micrositios" donde las empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro de New Jersey pueden comprar PPE con un descuento del 10%.
 
Además del descuento del 10% disponible para todas las empresas, la NJEDA también dispuso de $20.4 millones para proporcionar descuentos adicionales del 65% para las empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro con 100 empleados o menos que realicen compras en Staples o en Office Depot. Estos descuentos están disponibles además del 10% de descuento disponible para todas las empresas; lo que significa que las empresas con 100 empleados o menos pueden recibir aproximadamente un 70% de descuento en sus compras de PPE, hasta un máximo del programa de $800 para todas la empresas elegibles o $1,000 para las empresas ubicadas en una de las 715 áreas censales elegibles para ser designadas zonas de oportunidad.
 
Las pequeñas empresas y organizaciones interesadas en recibir estos descuentos adicionales para compras de PPE deben presentar una solicitud en https://ppe.covid19.nj.gov. Una vez que la NJEDA confirma su elegibilidad, recibirán cupones para realizar compras en un proveedor designado de su preferencia. Los cupones vencerán el 17 de diciembre de 2020. Las empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro todavía podrán recibir descuentos del 10% en compras de PPE después de esta fecha.
 
 
Acerca de la Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey
La Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey (NJEDA) es la agencia principal del Estado para impulsar el desarrollo económico. La NJEDA tiene el compromiso de hacer del Estado de New Jersey un modelo nacional para el desarrollo económico inclusivo y sostenible al centrarse en estrategias claves para ayudar a construir comunidades fuertes y dinámicas, crear buenos trabajos para los residentes de New Jersey y ofrecer oportunidades para una economía más sólida y justa. Mediante asociaciones con diversas partes interesadas, la NJEDA crea e implementa iniciativas para mejorar la vitalidad económica y la calidad de vida en el Estado y para fortalecer la competitividad económica a largo plazo de New Jersey.
 
Para obtener más información acerca de los recursos de la NJEDA para empresas, llame a la línea de atención al cliente de NJEDA al 609-858-6767 o visite https://www.njeda.com y siga a @NewJerseyEDA en FacebookTwitter, Instagram LinkedIn.
 

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COVID-19 Outbreak
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
Sustain and Serve NJ
 
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Overview
 
On March 9, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 103, declaring a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency to ramp up New Jersey’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Governor Murphy has continued to extend the Public Health Emergency since that date.
 
Subsequent containment measures were implemented, including restrictions on public gatherings and mandated closure of non-essential businesses. While these measures are consistent with similar measures being taken nationally that are expected to limit the public’s exposure to COVID-19, there has been and will continue to be a significant adverse impact on the state’s economy.
 
Businesses classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722 (described in this document as “Restaurants”), have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, because of caps on location dining and unusual costs incurred to adapt business models for safe operations.
 
With the Public Health Emergency in place and millions of New Jerseyans abruptly staying home, restaurant revenue has plummeted or disappeared, and many restaurants have had little choice but to change – or abandon – their operating model overnight, with some having to close their doors completely and lay off or furlough all staff. Many restaurants that have changed their operating model have rapidly shifted to a takeout-only model, which resulted in a significant reduction in staff.
 
In 2019, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL), 270,000 restaurant workers were employed in New Jersey. Since the beginning of the pandemic, as of October 31, NJDOL reports that 131,710 restaurant workers have filed Unemployment Insurance claims. In 2018, the National Restaurant Association reported there were over 19,000 restaurants in New Jersey.
 
Prior to the pandemic, the sector was growing, with NJDOL projecting the sector would expand by more than 12 percent by 2026. Now, the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association estimates as many as 30 percent of New Jersey restaurants remain at risk of permanent closure.
 
While these figures are staggering, they were likely mitigated, in part, due to several New Jersey-based initiatives that emerged in direct response to COVID-19, that share the same core function, i.e., the bulk purchase of pre-made meals from New Jersey restaurants, which were then distributed for free to target populations.
 
Specifically, these initiatives aimed to achieve two central goals: to provide urgently needed revenue to restaurants to offset direct losses due to COVID-19, particularly, restaurants that had temporarily closed, were preparing to close, and/or reduced their staff through layoffs or furloughs; and to distribute free meals purchased from local restaurants to target populations, including low-income individuals, senior citizens, health care workers, and first responders.

The Sustain and Serve NJ Program builds on prior New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) initiatives supporting restaurants impacted by COVID-19.
 
Purpose
 
The purpose of the Sustain and Serve NJ Program is to provide urgently needed revenue to New Jersey-based restaurants to offset direct losses due to COVID-19, including restaurants that had temporarily closed, were preparing to close, and/or reduced their staff through layoffs or furloughs.
 
Under the program, up to $2 million will be utilized to make grants of at least $100,000 to certain entities to support prospective expenses for making bulk meal purchases from New Jersey-based restaurants negatively impacted by COVID-19.
 
As part of the Serve and Sustain NJ Program requirements, the grantee is prohibited from reselling any meals purchased with grant funding.
 
Eligible Uses
 
Under the Sustain and Serve NJ Program, grant funding may only be used for direct costs associated with bulk purchasing of meals that are projected to be incurred between date of grant execution and April 30, 2021, for: the restaurant’s costs of food and ingredients; labor, packaging, and facilities; and, any profit margin for the restaurant.
 
However, no other expense(s) incurred by the applicant, whether in support of the meal purchase from the restaurant or otherwise, is eligible, including, but not limited to: indirect/overhead costs incurred by the applicant (e.g., rent, insurance), transportation, distribution, marketing, communications, sales tax and gratuity.
 
Grant Amounts
 
The Sustain and Serve NJ Program offers a minimum grant amount of $100,000, with grant awards calculated based on the projected number of meals to be purchased and estimated cost (per meal), excluding sales tax and gratuity.
 
Under the Sustain and Serve NJ Program, all meal purchases will be reimbursed based on a flat rate per meal. Although there is no exclusion for entities purchasing meals from restaurants at more than $10 per meal, grant funding will be capped at $10 per meal.
 
As part of the application for grant funding, entities will request a grant amount based on the projected number of meals to be purchased and estimated cost (per meal), excluding sales tax and gratuity. All grant estimates must be based on a flat rate per meal, subject to the cap of $10 per meal. For any grant that is awarded, disbursement of the total grant amount will be made incrementally from NJEDA to the grantee as eligible expenses are incurred and disbursement is requested by the grantee. These disbursement requests must document that the expenses actually incurred are consistent with eligible uses of grant funding (i.e., the quantity of meals purchased, the cost per meal, and the restaurant from which the meals were purchased).
 
Once the NJEDA receives all applications, if the total amount of grant funding requested among all eligible applications exceeds the $2 million available for the Program, NJEDA will prorate grant awards based upon the amount determined for each eligible applicant, reducing all grant awards to reflect an eligible applicant’s share of the eligible pool.
 
Eligible Applicants
 
Restaurants may not directly apply for this grant. Restaurants interested in the program are recommended to contact an entity with an established bulk meal purchasing and distribution program to discuss potential participation. Restaurants may also opt to have their business publicly listed on the Sustain and Serve NJ page of the New Jersey COVID-19 Business Hub expressing interest in being a participating restaurant that Sustain and Serve NJ applicants can reach out to for bulk meal purchases. To list your restaurant, please fill out this form. Potential grant applicants may choose to refer to this registry and contact restaurants about participating in the Sustain and Serve NJ program.
 
The Sustain and Serve NJ Program is limited to public or private entities, including 501(c) non-profit organizations. To be eligible, applicants shall provide the following documentation:

1. NJ Business Registration Certificate which may be obtained at  https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.shtml

2. Tax Clearance Certification from the Division of Taxation, in the Department of the Treasury which may be obtained at https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/busasst.shtml  

3. Invoices and receipts demonstrating purchases of 3,000 or more meals made by the entity from any New Jersey-based restaurant(s) totaling at least $50,000, purchased between March 9, 2020 and December 16, 2020.  

In addition, eligible applicants shall be in good standing with NJDOL, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of the Commissioner of NJDOL.
 
As noted above, eligible applicants must have a demonstrated history of making bulk meal purchases from New Jersey-based restaurants during the current public health emergency totaling at least 3,000 meals valued at least $50,000 between March 9, 2020 and December 16, 2020.
 
As part of the grant application, applicants must list the restaurants that they will be making bulk meal purchases from as part of Sustain and Serve NJ. In order to receive reimbursement for meal purchases through Sustain and Serve NJ, grantees may only purchase meals from restaurants that meet the following requirements:
 

  • Classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722;
  • 50 or less full-time equivalent employees at time of application, based on the company’s most recently filed WR-30 with DOL;
  • Physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey;
  • NJ Business Registration Certificate which may be obtained at  https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.shtml
  • Be in good standing with the New Jersey Division of Taxation, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of the Commissioner of the DOL
  • Be in good standing with the DOL, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of the Commissioner of the DOL;
  • If regulated by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), in the Department of Law and Public Safety, be in good standing with ABC, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of the ABC;
  • Current and valid certification from municipal and/or county government inspection that the restaurant has received a rating of Satisfactory as per New Jersey Retail Food Establishment Rating system; and
  • Attestation that the restaurant was in operation on February 15, 2020, and has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared state of emergency on March 9, 2020 (e.g., was temporarily shut down, was forced to reduce hours, has had a drop in revenue, has been materially impacted by employees who cannot work due to the outbreak, or has a supply chain that has materially been disrupted and therefore slowed firm-level production).

 
To demonstrate eligibility, restaurants will be required to submit to NJEDA:

1. Form attesting that the restaurant was in operation on February 15, 2020, and has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared state of emergency on March 9, 2020. After the applicant submits their application, this form will be sent by NJEDA directly to listed restaurants.  

2. NJ Business Registration Certificate which may be obtained at  https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.shtml; and  

3. Current and valid certification from municipal and/or county government inspection that the restaurant has received a rating of Satisfactory as per New Jersey Retail Food Establishment Rating system.  

Finally, businesses prohibited from eligibility include, but are not limited to: gambling or gaming activities; conduct or purveyance of “adult” (i.e., pornographic, lewd, prurient, obscene or otherwise similarly disreputable) activities, services, products or materials (including nude or semi-nude performances or the sale of sexual aids or devices); any auction or bankruptcy or fire or “lost our-lease” or “going-out-of-business” or similar sale; sales by transient merchants, Christmas tree sales or other outdoor storage; any activity constituting a nuisance; or, any illegal purposes.
 
Funding Disbursement
 
For each grant award, the total amount will be disbursed incrementally as eligible projected expenses are incurred and disbursement is requested from the NJEDA by the grantee. The disbursement requests must be evidenced by documentation supporting that the expenses were actually incurred and consistent with eligible uses of grant funding (i.e., quantity of meals purchased, cost per meal, and restaurant from which the meals were purchased).
 
During the term of the grant, the grantee may request a change or addition to participating restaurant(s), which must be submitted in writing, from which they may purchase meals and receive reimbursement through Sustain and Serve NJ. Requests for changes or additions to restaurants will be reviewed by NJEDA.
 
Application Process
 
Online applications will be accepted from December 16, 2020 through January 8, 2021, and all applications will be reviewed following the closure of the application period.
 
Applications for Sustain and Serve NJ are completed in three parts

1. Applicants are first required to submit an application that includes listing proposed restaurants for meal purchases;

2. Listed restaurants will then receive a short form directly from NJEDA they must complete if they wish to be eligible for meal purchases through Sustain and Serve NJ; and

3. Applicants are sent the restaurant submission to review and approve before it is sent to NJEDA. Approvals must be completed by the application deadline for consideration for meal purchase reimbursement through Sustain and Serve NJ.  
 
Applicants are responsible for ensuring restaurants have submitted materials by the application deadline. Applicants should allow sufficient time for submission of both their and listed restaurants’ materials. 
 
Fees
           
Due to financial hardship of the ultimate beneficiaries, NJEDA will collect no fees from the applicant for this program.
 
Additional Information
 
Additional information on the Sustain and Serve NJ Program may be found at the COVID-19 Business Information Hub: https://business.nj.gov/covid/is-my-business-eligible-for-the-sustain-and-serve-program?locale=en.
 

TRENTON, N.J. (December 9, 2020) – In response to significant demand for support through the program, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that the deadline for companies to receive nearly 70 percent discounts on purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) through the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program has been extended one week to Thursday, December 17th, 2020. To date, more than 7,500 businesses and organizations have been approved for more than $6.4 million in discounts through the program. More information is available at https://ppe.covid19.nj.gov
 
The NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program allows New Jersey businesses to purchase discounted PPE through NJEDA identified and vetted “Designated Vendors.” Current Designated Vendors include Boxed, Office Depot, and Staples. These suppliers have created “microsites” where any New Jersey-based business or nonprofit can purchase PPE at a 10 percent discount.
 
In addition to the 10 percent discounts available to all businesses, the NJEDA has also made $20.4 million available to provide additional discounts of 65 percent to businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees that make purchases from Staples or Office Depot. These discounts are available in addition to the 10 percent discounts available to all businesses; meaning businesses with 100 or fewer employees can receive nearly 70 percent off PPE purchases, up to a program cap of $800 for all eligible businesses or $1,000 for businesses located in one of New Jersey’s 715 census tracts that were eligible to be designated as Opportunity Zones.
 
Small businesses and organizations interested in receiving these additional discounts on PPE purchases must apply at https://ppe.covid19.nj.gov. Once the NJEDA has confirmed their eligibility, they will receive vouchers for purchases from a Designated Vendor of their choice. Vouchers will expire on December 17th, 2020. Businesses and nonprofits will still be able to receive 10 percent discounts on PPE purchases after this date.
 
 
About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.
 
To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 

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Brote de COVID-19
Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey (NJEDA)
Sustain and Serve NJ
 
Información general
 
El 9 de marzo de 2020, el Gobernador Phil Murphy emitió la orden ejecutiva 103 en la que declaraba un Estado de emergencia y una Emergencia de salud pública a fin de incrementar nuestros esfuerzos para contener la propagación de la COVID-19. El Gobernador Murphy siguió extendiendo la Emergencia de salud pública desde esa fecha.
 
Se implementaron medidas de contención posteriores, como la restricción de reuniones públicas y el cierre obligatorio de negocios no esenciales. Si bien estas medidas son coherentes con medidas similares que se tomaron a nivel nacional y que se espera que limiten la exposición pública a la COVID-19, hubo y habrá un impacto adverso en la economía del estado.
 
Las empresas clasificadas como "Servicios de alimentos y bebidas" conforme al código 722 de NAICS (descritas en este documento como "Restaurantes"), se han visto desproporcionadamente afectadas por la COVID-19 debido a las restricciones en la capacidad y a los costos inusuales incurridos para adaptar sus modelos comerciales para operar de forma segura.
 
Con la emergencia de salud pública vigente y millones de habitantes de New Jersey que abruptamente deben quedarse en casa, las ganancias de los restaurantes se han desplomado o desaparecido, y muchos han tenido muy pocas opciones y ningún cambio, además de los que tuvieron que cerrar sus puertas completamente y despedir o dar licencia a todo su personal. Muchos restaurantes que debieron modificar su modelo operativo cambiaron rápidamente a un modelo de retiro de alimentos únicamente, lo que generó una reducción importante en la cantidad de personal.
 
En 2019, según el Departamento de Trabajo y Desarrollo Laboral de New Jersey (NJDOL), en New Jersey había 270,000 trabajadores de restaurantes. Desde el comienzo de la pandemia hasta el 31 de octubre, el NJDOL informa que 131,710 trabajadores de restaurantes presentaron reclamos de seguro de desempleo. En 2018, La Asociación nacional de restaurantes informó que había más de 19,000 restaurantes en New Jersey.
 
Antes de la pandemia, el sector estaba creciendo, y el NJDOL proyectaba una expansión del sector de más del 12% para el 2026. Hoy, la Asociación de restaurantes y hospitalidad de New Jersey estima que un 30% de los restaurantes de New Jersey corren riesgo de cierre permanente.
 
Si bien estas cifras son alarmantes, probablemente se hayan mitigado, en parte, gracias a varias iniciativas de New Jersey que surgieron como respuesta directa a la COVID-19 y que comparten el mismo objetivo principal, es decir, la compra a granel de comidas preparadas a restaurantes de New Jersey que luego se distribuyeron gratis a las poblaciones objetivo.
 
Específicamente, estas iniciativas apuntaban a dos objetivos principales: proporcionar a los restaurantes los ingresos necesarios de forma urgente para compensar las pérdidas directas debido a la COVID-19, especialmente los restaurantes que cerraron temporalmente, aquellos que se estaban preparando para cerrar y/o que redujeron su personal mediante despidos o licencias, y para distribuir de forma gratuita comidas compradas a restaurantes locales a las poblaciones identificadas, que incluyen personas de bajos recursos, adultos mayores, trabajadores de la salud y socorristas.
El programa Sustain and Serve NJ se basa en iniciativas previas de la Autoridad para el desarrollo económico de New Jersey (NJEDA) que apoyan a los restaurantes afectados por la COVID-19.
 
Objetivo
 
El objetivo del programa Sustain and Serve NJ es proporcionar a los restaurantes de New Jersey los ingresos que necesitan de forma urgente para compensar las pérdidas directas debido a la COVID-19, incluidos los restaurantes que cerraron temporalmente, aquellos que se estaban preparando para cerrar y/o que redujeron su personal mediante despidos o licencias.
 
El programa asignará hasta $2 millones para entregar subsidios de al menos $100,000 a ciertas entidades con el fin de sustentar gastos previstos para la compra a granel de comidas a restaurantes de New Jersey que se vieron negativamente afectados por la COVID-19.
 
Como parte de los requisitos del programa Sustain and Serve NJ, se prohíbe que el beneficiario del subsidio revenda las comidas compradas con fondos de subsidio.
 
Usos elegibles
 
Conforme al programa Sustain and Serve NJ, los fondos de subsidio solo pueden usarse para gastos directos asociados con la compra a granel de comidas en los que se prevea incurrir entre la fecha de ejecución del subsidio y el 30 de abril de 2021 por: los costos de alimentos e ingredientes del restaurante; mano de obra, empaque e instalaciones; y cualquier margen de ganancia para el restaurante.
 
Sin embargo, no es elegible ningún otro gasto en el que incurra el solicitante, ya sea en favor de la compra de comidas al restaurante ni de ninguna otra forma, incluidos, entre otros: costos indirectos/generales incurridos por el solicitante (p. ej., alquiler, seguro), transporte, distribución, comercialización, comunicaciones, impuestos a las ventas y propinas.
 
Montos del subsidio
 
El programa Sustain and Serve NJ ofrece un monto de subsidio mínimo de $100,000, que otorga beneficios calculados en función de la cantidad prevista de comidas que se comprarán y el costo estimado (por comida), sin incluir impuestos a las ventas ni propinas.
 
En el programa Sustain and Serve NJ, todas las compras de comidas se reembolsarán según un costo fijo por comida. Si bien no se excluyen las entidades que compren comidas a restaurantes por un precio superior a los $10 por comida, los fondos de subsidio tendrán un límite de $10 por comida.
 
Como parte de la solicitud de fondos de subsidio, las entidades solicitarán un monto de subsidio en función de la cantidad prevista de comidas que se comprarán y el costo estimado (por comida), sin incluir impuestos a las ventas ni propinas. Todos los cálculos de subsidios se deben basar en una tarifa fija por comida, sujeta al límite de $10 por comida. Para cualquier subsidio que se otorgue, la NJEDA pagará al beneficiario el monto de subsidio total de forma incremental a medida que el beneficiario incurra en gastos elegibles y solicite el pago. Esas solicitudes de pago deben documentar que los gatos incurridos coinciden con los usos elegibles de los fondos de subsidio (es decir, la calidad de las comidas compradas, el costo por comida y el restaurante al que se compran las comidas).
 
Una vez que la NJEDA recibe todas las solicitudes, si el monto total de los fondos de subsidio solicitados entre todos los solicitantes elegibles supera los $2 millones disponibles para el programa, la NJEDA prorrateará los fondos en función del monto que se haya determinado para cada solicitante elegible, y reducirá los montos otorgados para que reflejen la porción del monto total elegible que le corresponde a un solicitante elegible.
 
Solicitantes elegibles
 
Los restaurantes no podrán presentar solicitudes directas para este subsidio. Se recomienda a los restaurantes interesados en el programa que se comuniquen con una entidad que ofrezca un programa establecido de compra y distribución de comidas a granel para consultar sobre una posible participación. Los restaurantes pueden optar por que el negocio se incluya en una lista pública en la página de Sustain and Serve NJ del Nodo comercial de New Jersey para la COVID-19, expresando interés en ser un restaurante participante con el que los solicitantes de Sustain and Serve NJ puedan comunicarse para comprar comidas a granel. Para incluir su restaurante en la lista, complete este formulario. Los posibles solicitantes de subsidios podrán consultar este registro y comunicarse con los restaurantes acerca de la participación en el programa Sustain and Serve NJ.
 
El programa Sustain and Serve NJ está limitado a entidades públicas o privadas, incluidas organizaciones sin fines de lucro 501(c). Para ser elegibles, los solicitantes deben proporcionar la siguiente documentación:
 

  1. Certificado de registro comercial de NJ, que se puede obtener en https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.shtml

 

  1. Certificado de pago de impuestos de la División fiscal del Departamento del Tesoro, que se puede obtener en https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/busasst.shtml

 

  1. Facturas y recibos que demuestren compras de 3,000 o más comidas realizadas por la entidad a cualquier restaurante de New Jersey por un total de al menos $50,000 y que se hayan realizado entre el 9 de marzo de 2020 y el 16 de diciembre de 2020.

 
Además, los solicitantes elegibles deben estar debidamente acreditados con el NJDOL, y todas las decisiones sobre elegibilidad son a discreción del Comisionado del NJDOL.
 
Como se indicó anteriormente, los solicitantes elegibles deben tener antecedentes demostrables de compras de comidas a granel a restaurantes de New Jersey durante la emergencia de salud pública actual por un total de al menos 3,000 comidas valuadas en $50,000 como mínimo, entre el 9 de marzo de 2020 y el 16 de diciembre de 2020.
 
Como parte de la solicitud de subsidios, los solicitantes deben indicar los restaurantes a los que les comprarán comidas a granel a través de Sustain and Serve NJ. Para poder recibir reembolso de las compras de comidas a través de Sustain and Serve NJ, los beneficiarios solo podrán comprar comidas a restaurantes que cumplan con los siguientes requisitos:
 

  • Clasificados como "Servicios de alimentos y bebidas" según el código NAICS 722;
  • 50 empleados equivalentes a tiempo completo, o menos, al momento de la solicitud según el último formulario WR-30 presentado por la empresa ante el DOL;
  • Ubicación comercial física en el Estado de New Jersey;
  • Certificado de registro comercial de NJ, que se puede obtener en https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.shtml
  • Cumplir con todos los requisitos de la División fiscal de New Jersey, con todas las decisiones sobre cumplimiento de requisitos a discreción del Comisionado del DOL.
  • Cumplir con todos los requisitos del DOL, con todas las decisiones sobre cumplimiento de requisitos a discreción del Comisionado del DOL.
  • Si se rigen por las regulaciones de la División de control de bebidas alcohólicas (ABC) del Departamento Legal y de Seguridad Pública, cumplir con todos los requisitos de ABC, con todas las decisiones sobre cumplimiento de requisitos a discreción de ABC.
  • Certificación actual y válida de una inspección del gobierno municipal o del condado que indique que el restaurante recibió una calificación satisfactoria conforme al Sistema de calificación de establecimientos de venta minorista de alimentos de New Jersey; y
  • Certificación de que restaurante estaba operativo el 15 de febrero de 2020 y que fue negativamente afectado por el estado de emergencia declarado por la COVID-19 el 9 de marzo de 2020 (p. ej., cerró temporalmente, tuvo que reducir horas, sufrió una disminución en las ganancias, fue afectado materialmente por empleados que no pueden trabajar debido al brote, o tiene una cadena de suministro que se ha visto obstaculizada y, por lo tanto, se redujo la producción a nivel de la firma).

 
Para demostrar la elegibilidad, los restaurantes deben presentar lo siguiente ante la NJEDA:

  1. Formulario que certifique que restaurante estaba operativo el 15 de febrero de 2020 y que fue negativamente afectado por el estado de emergencia declarado por la COVID-19 el 9 de marzo de 2020. Después de que los solicitantes presentan la solicitud, la NJEDA enviará directamente el formulario a los restaurantes que se hayan indicado.

 

  1. Certificado de registro comercial de NJ, que se puede obtener en https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.shtml; and

 

  1. Certificación actual y válida de una inspección del gobierno municipal o del condado que indique que el restaurante recibió una calificación satisfactoria conforme al Sistema de calificación de establecimientos de venta minorista de alimentos de New Jersey.

 
Por último, los negocios no elegibles incluyen, entre otros: juegos de azar o actividades de juego; realización o provisión de actividades, servicios, productos o materiales (pornográficos, morbosos, indecentes, obscenos o con mala reputación) para "adultos" (que incluyen representaciones de desnudez o semidesnudez, o la venta de objetos o dispositivos sexuales); cualquier subasta, quiebra, despido o venta por "pérdida de arrendamiento", "cese permanente de actividad" o cualquier motivo similar; ventas de comerciantes transitorios, ventas de árboles navideños u otras ventas de exterior; cualquier actividad que constituya una molestia y cualquier fin ilegal.
 
Pago de fondos
 
Para cada subsidio otorgado, el monto total se pagará de forma incremental a medida que el beneficiario incurra en los gastos elegibles proyectados y solicite el pago a la NJEDA. Las solicitudes de pago deben documentar que los gatos incurridos coinciden con los usos elegibles de los fondos de subsidio (es decir, la calidad de las comidas compradas, el costo por comida y el restaurante al que se compran las comidas).
 
Durante el plazo del subsidio, el beneficiario puede solicitar por escrito la modificación o adición de restaurantes participantes a los que podría comprar comidas y recibir reembolso a través de Sustain and Serve NJ. La NJEDA revisará las solicitudes de modificación o adición de restaurantes.
 
Procedimiento de solicitud
 
Se aceptarán solicitudes en línea desde el 16 de diciembre de 2020 hasta el 8 de enero de 2021, y todas se revisarán al cierre del período de presentación de solicitudes.
 
Las solicitudes para Sustain and Serve NJ se completan en tres partes:  
1)      Los solicitantes primero deben presentar una solicitud que incluya la lista de restaurantes para la compra de comidas;
2)      Los restaurantes enumerados luego recibirán un formulario breve directamente de la NJEDA que deberán completar si quieren ser elegibles para la compra de comidas a través de Sustain and Serve NJ, y
3)   Los solicitantes recibirán la solicitud que presentó el restaurante para que la revisen y la aprueben antes de enviarla a la NJEDA. Las aprobaciones deben completarse antes de que se cumpla el plazo para que puedan considerarse para el reembolso de compras de comida a través de Sustain and Serve NJ.
 
Los solicitantes son responsables de garantizar que los restaurantes hayan presentado los materiales correspondientes antes del plazo para la presentación de solicitudes. Los solicitantes deben disponer de tiempo suficiente para presentar los materiales propios y los materiales de los restaurantes indicados.  
 
Tarifas
              
Debido a las dificultades financieras de los beneficiarios, la NJEDA no cobrará tarifas a los solicitantes de este programa.
 
Información adicional
 
Puede encontrar información adicional sobre el programa Sustain and Serve NJ en el sitio web del Nodo de información comercial durante la COVID-19: https://business.nj.gov/covid/is-my-business-eligible-for-the-sustain-and-serve-program?locale=en.