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THE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED MUNICIPALITY PLANNING GRANTS PROGRAM


The Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Program will provide grants to qualified applicants to create long-term strategic action plans to assist New Jersey’s Government Restricted Municipalities (GRM) in maximizing their growth potentials and implement new or stalled community-focused economic growth projects.


Designed to directly impact Atlantic City, Paterson and Trenton


PROGRAM DETAILS

Planning for impact by cataloging catalytic projects and the gaps that halt investment in community-focused projects

The Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Program will provide grants to qualified applicants to create long-term strategic action plans to assist New Jersey’s Government Restricted Municipalities (GRM) in maximizing their growth potentials and implement new or stalled community-focused economic growth projects. Designed to directly impact Atlantic City, Paterson and Trenton; applicants will identify key opportunities to provide significant, sustainable, and resilient benefits for community members and business stakeholders. The strategic action plans developed by the grant recipients will provide for projects that are most actionable and have the greatest potential for broad community benefit .

In Phase I, applicants will develop clear action plans based on the library of research and planning completed by the GRM’s governing body and executive departments, major civic organizations, business stakeholders and strategic anchors such as higher education institutions, transportation partners, arts organizations and health care organizations. In phase II, a separate program will follow with implementation funding to close the gaps in technical planning.

Purpose of the Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Program-Phase I

In line with Governor Phil Murphy’s commitments to investing in communities and investing in people, the Government Restricted Municipality (GRM) Planning Grants Program seeks to assist communities in leveraging planning capacity to meet the community’s goals. Applicants must apply to work with one of the designated government restricted municipalities.

Phase I Grant recipients will be tasked with the design and submission of a detailed, long-term, and action-oriented strategic plan that incorporates existing plans of the GRM and identifies technical capacity needs that have held these projects back from completion. The strategic action plans developed through this grant program will better position GRMs to implement and execute on these stalled projects.

Impact of Phase I grants

Structured as three individual grants of up to $250,000 each, the GRM Phase I grants will be awarded to applicants selected by the Board by demonstrating how their strategic action plan proposals will help GRMs prioritize and catalyze dormant or planned projects. These grants will help to position GRM municipalities to augment their investment capacity and attract project investment. Applicants may apply to work with more than one GRM. Each GRM will be the focus of at least one grant.

Follow Up on Phase II

Phase II of the Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Program will maximize New Jersey municipalities’ growth potential by providing implementation funding for technical planning gaps identified in the phase I strategic action plans for Government Restricted Municipalities (Atlantic City, Paterson, Trenton). This planning funding is intended to focus the flow of private capital and economic investment into GRMs that have historically faced economic challenges and build the local capacity needed to successfully execute additional projects in the future.



ELIGIBILTY

Qualified applicants are defined as New Jersey municipalities, New Jersey counties, New Jersey authorities, accredited higher education institutions, public interest research groups, and/or professional services providers who have completed at least one municipal, county, or New Jersey state government long-term strategic action plan focused economic revitalization.

Applicants must clearly articulate how their respective plans will position the GRM to activate projects as part of an overall economic development strategy. Applicants should also articulate how the plans will enhance local civic capacity to attract socially responsible investment.  Proposals must clearly demonstrate a viable path to implementation and show a collaborative stakeholder engagement process.

Applicants may submit multiple individual applications where each individual application is focused on one GRM. Each applicant must provide a letter of support from the Chief Executive of the GRM which will be the subject of the applicant’s proposed plan. A GRM municipality may propose to author a plan. This will not preclude the Chief Executive of the GRM from issuing additional letters of support to other applicants.

Applications will be accepted up and until sixty days after the opening of applications.  Applications will then be reviewed for completeness and scored by an evaluation committee based on the criteria set forth in below. Proposals with scores equal to or greater than 50 will be presented to the Board for review and award. The Committee will make award recommendations to the Board of the highest ranked application for each GRM.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

MORE INFORMATION

Please review the resource tab for more information on the GRM Planning Grants Program, including application materials and dates.

PROGRAM GUIDE

QUESTIONS

The Authority will electronically accept written questions and inquiries from all potential Applicant(s) via the web at NJEDAGRM@njeda.com. Phone calls/faxes shall not be accepted.


The subject line of the e-mail should state:

“Questions – GRM Phase 1”

All Questions received, and Answers given in response to this Application will be answered in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions document to be posted and continually updated on the Authority’s website, up until the total program allotment has been exhausted, or 90 days after publication of notice and release of application (whichever is sooner). The Authority will also post any addenda on the same website. It is the responsibility of any potential applicant to review the website on a frequent basis to become aware of any answers and addenda.

The NJEDA hosted an open Q&A on the GRM Planning Grant Program at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021.Click here to review the slides. Click here for the video.