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New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program
Notice of Funding Availability

The Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program application portal will close at 5pm on Friday, September 24, 2021.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) expects to launch an online application for the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 17th at https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

Language Assistance

Please see below for multilingual versions of this Notice of Funding Availability. If you need language assistance, please send NJEDA your name, spoken language and telephone number to languagehelp@njeda.com

español (Spanish)
El portal de solicitud del Programa de subvenciones de asistencia empresarial Henri / Ida se cerrará a las 5 p.m. el viernes 24 de septiembre de 2021.
ATENCIÓN: si habla español, los servicios de asistencia lingüística, gratuitos, están disponibles para usted enviando un correo electrónico a languagehelp@njeda.com.

한국어 (Korean)
Henri/Ida 비즈니스 지원 보조금 프로그램 신청 포털은 2021년 9월 24일 금요일 오후 5시에 마감됩니다
알림: 한국어를 사용하시는 경우, 언어 지원 서비스가 무료로 이메일 languagehelp@njeda.com을 통해 제공됩니다.

po polsku (Polish)
Portal aplikacyjny Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program zostanie zamknięty o godzinie 17:00 w piątek 24 września 2021 r.
UWAGA: Jeśli mówisz po polsku, możesz uzyskać pomoc tłumacza bezpłatnie wysyłając e-mail pod adres languagehelp@njeda.com.

português (Portuguese)
O portal de inscrição do Programa de Subsídio de Assistência Empresarial Henri / Ida fechará às 17h na sexta-feira, 24 de setembro de 2021.
ATENÇÃO: se você falar português, oferecemos serviços de apoio de idioma gratuitos. Envie um e-mail para languagehelp@njeda.com.

Tagalog
Ang portal ng aplikasyon ng Henri / Ida Business Assistance Grant Program ay magsasara ng 5pm sa Biyernes, Setyembre 24, 2021.
ATTENTION: Kung nagsasalita ka ng Tagalog, magagamit mo ang libreng mga serbisyong tulong sa wika sa pamamagitan ng pag-email sa languagehelp@njeda.com.

اللغة  (Arabic)
يتم إغلاق بوابة التقديم لبرنامج منحة Henri / Ida Business Assistance Program في الساعة 5 مساءً يوم الجمعة 24 سبتمبر 2021.
تنبيه: إذا كنت تتحدث  اللغة العربية، فإن خدمات المساعدة اللغوية مجانية متاحة لك عبر إرسال بريد إلكتروني إلى
languagehelp@njeda.com.

粵語 Traditional Chinese (Cantonese Chinese)
Henri/Ida 商業援助補助計劃申請門戶將於 2021 年 9 月 24 日星期五下午 5 點關閉。
注意:如果您說粵語,可以透過傳送電子郵件至 languagehelp@njeda.com 免費獲取語言協助服務。

普通语 Simplified Chinese (Mandarin Chinese)
Henri/Ida 商业援助补助计划申请门户将于 2021 年 9 月 24 日星期五下午 5 点关闭。
注意:如果您说普通语,可以通过发送电子邮件至 languagehelp@njeda.com 免费获取语言协助服务。

ગુજરાતી (Gujarati)
હેનરી/ઇડા બિઝનેસ આસિસ્ટન્સ ગ્રાન્ટ પ્રોગ્રામ એપ્લિકેશન પોર્ટલ 24 સપ્ટેમ્બર, 2021, શુક્રવારે સાંજે 5 વાગ્યે બંધ થશે.
ધ્યાન આપો: જો તમે ગુજરાતી બોલતા હોય તો, તમારા માટે languagehelp@njeda.com પર ઈ-મેઈલ કરવાથી ભાષા સહાય સેવાઓ મફતામાં ઉપલબ્ધ છે. 

हिंदी (Hindi)
हेनरी/इडा बिजनेस असिस्टेंस ग्रांट प्रोग्राम एप्लीकेशन पोर्टल शुक्रवार, 24 सितंबर, 2021 को शाम 5 बजे बंद हो जाएगा।
ध्यान दें: यदि आप हिंदी बोलते हैं, तो languagehelp@njpa.com पर ईमेल द्वारा, आप के लिए नि:शुल्क भाषा सहायता सेवाएं उपलब्ध हैं।

italiano (Italian)
Il portale di domanda del programma di sovvenzione Henri/Ida Business Assistance si chiuderà alle 17:00 di venerdì 24 settembre 2021.
ATTENZIONE: se parla italiano, può usufruire gratuitamente di servizi di assistenza linguistica scrivendo all’indirizzo languagehelp@njeda.com

Purpose

The Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program provides short-term, immediate August rent or mortgage reimbursement support to New Jersey small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits that have suffered physical damage as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Henri on August 22nd or 23rd, 2021 and/or Tropical Storm/Hurricane Ida on September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2021.

Overview

On August 22, 2021 and lasting into the early mornings of August 23, 2021, remnants of Hurricane Henri impacted the State of New Jersey with heavy rainfall totaling nearly 10 inches.  The storm prompted evacuations, road closures and water rescues throughout the State. The damage was severe in many counties across New Jersey impacting homeowners and businesses alike.   

Then, on September 1, 2021, in response to Tropical Storm Ida, Governor Murphy declared a statewide State of Emergency that was effective immediately and issued Executive Order No. 259. The Executive Order recognizes that Tropical Storm Ida “constitutes an imminent hazard that threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of the State” and that “this situation may become too large in scope to be handled in its entirety by the normal county and municipal operating services in some parts of the State, and this situation may spread to other parts of the State.” Executive Order No. 259 remains in effect as long as the Governor declares the State of Emergency continues to exist.

Over a very short time period on September 1st and 2nd, the storm impacted the State with severe tornadic conditions and sustained rainfall of approximately 10 inches in some towns that led to life-threatening flooding conditions, the tragic loss of at least 27 New Jersey residents, and the loss of power. The historic flooding caused severe damage and devastation to private property, automobiles, structures, public facilities and transportation networks in parts of Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union. The New Jersey Business Action Center received numerous calls from businesses impacted by the storm. The NJEDA issued alerts for businesses and residents to take photos and document any property damages and to retain receipts for services for insurance purposes and for any federal or state relief programs that may become available. As of September 6th, President Biden approved a declaration of major disaster for Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset counties for areas affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida during September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2021.

Tropical Storm Ida caused devastation to New Jersey’s downtowns and business districts throughout the State, just as many were just beginning to rebound from the severe economic hardship of COVID-19. In response to this barrage of challenges, the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is intended to provide short-term, immediate rent/mortgage reimbursement to certain New Jersey businesses that suffered physical damage as a result of Tropical Storm Ida on September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2021.

Program Details

The Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program will provide grants from $1,000 up to $5,000 to New Jersey-based businesses and nonprofits that have up to 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) as reported on their last WR-30 form (Q2 2021) with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD) and have a physical commercial location in New Jersey that suffered physical damage as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida. Currently, the program is currently funded with $10.5 million and may increase to $15.5 million. One-third of the first request and one-third of the subsequent request (if necessary) will be reserved for entities in a census tract that was eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone, but can be released back into the general program if demand from businesses and nonprofits in these areas has been met. Furthermore, $500,000 will be set aside for businesses and nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Henri, but can be released back into the general program pool if demand from these entities has been met. The program may be expanded if additional funds become available.

Eligibility

To be eligible under the program, applicants must:

  • Provide certification of an unmet need due to damage and/or business interruption, which includes, but is not limited to, flooding, interior or exterior damage to the building structure, roof damage, and siding damage, all of which are directly related to tropical storms Henri and Ida (loss of power alone will not be considered physical damage);
  • Provide documentation of physical damage to the applicant’s physical commercial location;
  • Have been in operation on August 1, 2021;
  • Present a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN);
  • Submit recent wage reporting form (WR30), if applicable;
  • Submit evidence of an August rent/mortgage payment of at least $1,000 as well as have a need that is greater than $1,000;
  • Be registered to do business in the State of New Jersey which can be evidenced by a valid Business Registration Certificate;
  • Be in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD), the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) (if the applicant is regulated by DHS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF) (if the applicant is regulated by DCF), and the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) (if the applicant is regulated by the ABC) at the time of application, as determined in the sole discretion of DLWD, DHS, DCF and ABC; and
  • Complete an affidavit identifying all funding sources related to tropical storms Henri and Ida, including prior grants, insurance, and Small Business Administration loans and grants.

Additional requirements may apply, including: eligible applicants shall employ no more than 50 FTEs; have an August rent/mortgage payment of at least $1,000 and an unmet need (damages or revenue loss) that is greater than $1,000; must have sustained physical damage to their commercial location as a result of the remnants of tropical storms Henri and Ida; must have a physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey (e.g., an office, a physical point of sales, a warehouse, manufacturing facility, etc.).

To determine the number of FTEs for the purpose of calculating eligibility, the NJEDA will utilize the New Jersey WR-30 filings with the DLWD. The most recently filed WR-30 filing will be reviewed (Q2 2021). Implied FTE calculations will be rounded to the nearest FTE (e.g., 2.49 FTEs would be counted as 2 FTEs for the program, whereas 2.50 FTEs would be counted as 3 FTEs). While the calculation of FTEs is based on weeks worked and wages as reported on the WR-30 filing.

The CEO/equivalent officer must self-certify that the business/non-profit was in operation on August 1, 2021; and sustained physical damage as a result of the remnants of tropical storms Henri and Ida.

The eligible applicant must satisfy the Division of Taxation/Department of Treasury’s requirement to ensure that there are no tax debts due to the State. This may be accomplished through a certification from the applicant that it does not owe any taxes and will be subject to repayment if the certification is not correct.

An applicant shall submit only one application per EIN; accordingly, businesses with multiple locations but only one EIN will be limited to one application.

Additional eligibility requirements will apply to ensure that federal funds, if available, can be used for this program or to reimburse the Authority for use of its funds for this program. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • An acknowledgement and agreement that grant proceeds be can only be used for eligible uses;
  • A restriction on duplication of benefits that could exclude potential applicants that have already received emergency Ida assistance, and
  • A requirement that the applicant demonstrate that it has had physical damage as a result of remnants of Hurricane Henri and/or Hurricane Ida.

Landlords and home-based businesses are not eligible for grant funding through this program.

Finally, prohibited businesses include, but are not limited to: gambling or gaming activities; the 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 sales; sales by transient merchants, Christmas tree sales or other outdoor storage; any activity constituting a nuisance; or any illegal purposes.

Eligible Uses

Under the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program, funding shall be used to pay for August rent/mortgage only, cannot exceed $5,000, and will be disbursed solely as reimbursement. If the grant amount is greater than the need, the amount of the award will be capped at the amount of need. Need will be determined based on estimated damages, as certified by the applicant, and loss based on shuttered business operations, also certified by the applicant. As this grant is solely for August rent/mortgage, funding cannot be used for any other purpose, including, but not limited to, capital expenses, such as remediation or construction.

Grant Amounts

The minimum grant amount is $1,000 with a maximum award of $5,000, capped at the lesser of applicant’s unmet need or rent/mortgage payment.

Application Process

Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the date in which the Authority receives a completed application submission. The NJEDA may create a pre-registration process to expedite the approval process.

Fees

Due to financial hardship, no fees will be collected by the Authority for this program.

Additional Information

Comprehensive information about the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is available at https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/.

Deadline for Application Submission

The Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program application portal will close at 5pm on Friday, September 24, 2021.

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NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON SCIENCE, INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY

Notice of Funding for

Round 3, Direct Financial Assistance Grant for businesses engaged in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Federal Programs

1.        INTENT / SUMMARY:

This grant opportunity is issued by the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) with support provided by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) seeking applications from qualified Federal SBIR/STTR awardees/applicants for a direct financial assistance program providing (i) Direct Funding to Phase I, Fast Track, and Direct to Phase II awardees and (ii) Bridge Funding to Phase II applicants.

Program Summary

The purpose of the CSIT established SBIR/STTR Support Program in New Jersey, is to enhance the State’s innovative economy by providing technical and financial support to small businesses seeking to or participating in the Federal SBIR/STTR program. The program has operated on a pilot basis for two years and has two core components:

  1. Technical Assistance and
  2. Direct Financial Assistance

This Notice of Funding is for the Direct Financial Assistance component only. This component seeks to:

  1. Provide Direct Funding to NJ small businesses that received a Federal Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II SBIR/STTR award or contract
  2. Provide Bridge Funding to NJ small businesses that have successfully completed Phase I and have applied for Phase II of the Federal SBIR/STTR program

The grant funding can be utilized to maintain project activities and cover general operating costs.

2.        FEDERAL PROGRAM BACKGROUND:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) are highly competitive three-phase award programs, which provide qualified small businesses opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet the specific research and development needs of the Federal government. The goals of the programs are to:

  • Stimulate technological innovation
    • Meet Federal research and development needs
    • Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and

socially or economically disadvantaged populations

  • Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development funding

NJ SBIR/STTR Support Program

In 2018, Governor Murphy, signed legislation that re-established the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, formerly known as the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, to spur long-term planning, research and entrepreneurship in the Garden State. This program aligns with Governor Murphy’s vision of re- establishing NJ as an innovation leader and recognizing the role and importance of the State’s small businesses and higher education institutions in the innovation ecosystem and the economy.

The NJ SBIR/STTR Support Program builds on CSIT’s mandate of creating a vibrant innovation economy and supporting the growth of early-stage companies in NJ. An initial round of the Direct Financial Assistance component was launched in December 2019 and a second round in 2020. This 2021 Notice of Funding builds on the two previous rounds of the program by providing targeted resources for SBIR/STTR support in NJ to help small businesses attract more funding through Federal research grants and contracts.

Applicants should refer to this Notice of Funding (August 2021) for application and documentation requirements for the Round 3 of the Direct Financial Assistance Program.

Overall, the NJ SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance Program has three objectives; all of which help grow the innovation economy in NJ:

  1. Increase the success rate of NJ grant applications seeking Federal funding for SBIR/STTR programs
  2. Reduce the financial burden for small NJ companies that have won Phase 1, a SBIR/STTR Fast Track or a Direct to Phase II award of the Federal SBIR/STTR program
  3. Increase success and maximize growth of small NJ companies in moving from Phase I to Phase II of the SBIR/STTR Federal program

This Notice of Funding Direct Financial Assistance will offer two grant components with a total budget of $1,250,000:

  1. $25,000 Direct Funding for thirty (30) SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award/contract winners (“Direct Funding”)
  2. $50,000 Bridge Funding for ten (10) SBIR/STTR Phase II applicants (“Bridge Funding”)

Please note that CSIT reserves the right to reallocate funds between the two components of the Direct Financial Assistance program.

Direct Funding for SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II Awardees: Phase I of the Federal SBIR/STTR program is intended to establish technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed R&D efforts. Federal Phase I awards normally do not exceed $150,000 total costs for six (6) months. To help NJ Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award/contract winners increase intensity of research, strengthen commercialization plans, cover operational expenses and become more competitive for Phase II funding, CSIT will provide a grant of $25,000 to NJ small businesses that receive a Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award/contract. The grant funding is intended to reduce the financial burden on these growing small businesses and improve their chances of applying and winning Phase II awards. The grant will be flexible to help cover general operational expenses.

Bridge Funding for Phase II Applicants:

The gap between application and award notice for Phase II of the Federal SBIR/STTR program can be up to six (6) months and it is during this period that small businesses often struggle to secure funding and maintain operations. CSIT will offer funding of $50,000 to NJ small businesses that have successfully completed Phase I of Federal SBIR/STTR program and have applied for Phase II funding. The funding is intended to enable NJ small businesses to maintain operations while waiting on Phase II awards.

Applicants to the Round 3, NJ CSIT Direct Financial Assistance SBIR/STTR Program can only apply for one component (either a Direct Funding or Bridge Funding).

3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

All applicants must meet eligibility criteria at time of application and must maintain eligibility during the period of application review in order to be considered for an award.

Applicants should send a notification to csit@njeda.com if there are any changes to their eligibility status after submission of an application and prior to any award notification.

Eligibility requirements must also be maintained during the grant term for awarded applicants and will be specified in the grant agreement.

Direct Funding for Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II winners: All applicants must

meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be a NJ based small business (have a valid tax clearance certificate)
  2. Be a recipient of a Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II grant or contract award within the last two (2) years prior to the issuance of this Notice of Funding (August 9, 2021)
  3. The applicant company cannot have been awarded more than 5 Federal SBIR/STTR grants or contracts (Phase I, Fast-track, Direct to Phase II combined) throughout the lifetime of the company
  4. Have a NJ resident or employee designated as Principal Investigator/Project Manager for the duration of the CSIT grant
  5. Have 50% or more full time equivalent employees working in NJ at the time of application as evidenced by employee documentation (fulltime/part-time employees and contractors)
  6. The primary place of performance on the SBIR/STTR project award is a NJ address
  7. The applicant company has not previously been awarded a CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct funding or Bridge funding grant within one year from this Notice of Funding issuance date (August 9, 2021)

Bridge Funding for Phase II Applicants: All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be a NJ based small business (have a valid tax clearance certificate)
  2. Be a previous Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I grant or contract award recipient within the last two (2) years prior to the issuance of this Notice of funding (August 9, 2021) that has successfully completed a Phase I Federal SBIR/STTR program, and submitted a Phase II SBIR/STTR application and has not received a Federal response yet on their Phase II application
  3. The applicant company cannot have been awarded more than five (5) Federal SBIR/STTR grants or contracts (Phase I, Fast-track or Direct to Phase II combined) and four (4) Federal Phase II SBIR/STTR grants or contracts throughout the lifetime of the company
  4. Have a NJ resident or employee designated as Principal Investigator/Project Manager for the duration of the CSIT grant
  5. Have 75% or more full time equivalent employees working in NJ at the time of application as evidenced by employee documentation (fulltime and part-time employees and contractors)
  6. The primary place of performance on the Phase II SBIR/STTR project submission is a NJ address
  7. The applicant company has not previously been awarded a CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct funding or Bridge funding grant within one year from this Notice of Funding issuance date (August 9, 2021)

3.        APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIRED  DOCUMENTATION

Round 3 applications will be accepted from August 16, 2021 through October 8, 2021. All interested applicants must complete the online application by 4pm EST on October 8, 2021, in order to be considered.

Applicants must submit the application via the online application portal on the CSIT webpage – https://www.njeda.com/csit/.   Only completed electronic submissions will be accepted.

The online application enables an applicant to provide an electronic Application Certification by uploading a signed PDF (Please note that for an application to be considered complete, this document must be signed by the application deadline or applicable extension date following a completeness review.).

If an applicant prefers not to provide an electronic Application Certification, the applicant may:

  1. Mail a hard copy of the signed Application Certification post marked by the application deadline to CSIT at:

Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology Attn: Judith Sheft (Executive Director)

P.O. Box 990

36 W State Street Trenton, NJ 08625

AND

  • Email CSIT with the subject line: “MAILED Application Certification SBIR/STTR Round 3” indicating that the certification document has been mailed. Only the signed CSIT Application Certification should be mailed; the rest of the application must be submitted through the online system.

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE ONCE THE ORIGINAL SIGNED CSIT APPLICATION CERTIFCATION POST MARKED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OR APPLICABLE EXTENSION DATE FOLLOWING A COMPLETENESS REVIEW IS RECEIVED BY CSIT.

Required Documentation

This Notice of Funding will be posted on CSIT’s webpage (https://www.njeda.com/about/Public- Information/CSIT). Eligible applicants should submit a completed online application with all supporting documentation to CSIT by the application deadline date.

As applications are received up to the application deadline date, they will be reviewed for completeness by CSIT staff. Applicants with missing documentation will receive an email notification from CSIT, following the completeness review, to re-submit any missing or incomplete required documentation within ten (10) business days of notice (extension date).

Applicants should submit missing documentation to csit@njeda.com within the resubmission timeframe with the email subject line “Round 3 SBIR/STTR Program_Missing Documentation Submission_Company Name”.

Due to the COVID pandemic, it may take longer than usual for applicants to obtain certain NJ state documents (NJ Tax Clearance Certificate, and Minority/Woman Owned Business Certification). If an applicant has attempted to obtain the missing NJ state documents and has not received them by the extension date the applicant may provide correspondence or receipts that demonstrate the attempt to obtain the missing documents to enable the application to be deemed complete for scoring purposes only. The missing documentation MUST be submitted before any recommendation of an award will be made to that applicant.

If after an email notification for missing documents from csit@njeda.com is sent to applicants and the requested documents are NOT submitted by the extension date, CSIT will consider the application as incomplete; the application will not be scored and will be rejected. Only complete applications after the document extension deadline will be evaluated and scored.

In addition to the online application form, Direct Funding Grant applications for Phase I, Fast Track and Direct to Phase II winners must include the following documentation:

  1. Copy of Federal Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II Award Letter/Contract from a participating Federal Agency dated within the past two (2) years of the issuance of this Notice of Funding
  2. Copy of the accepted Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II proposal submitted to participating Federal Agency in response to a specific Federal solicitation
  • NJ Tax Clearance Certificate (listing Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology) https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_PREMIER_EBIZ/jsp/home.jsp (Please note that the tax clearance certificate will need to be renewed every 6 months) Any certificates listing an agency other than NJ CSIT will be rejected
  • State or federal issued identification or proof of NJ residency or employment for Principal Investigator/Project Manager
  • Copy of Page on SBIR/STTR proposal, award or contract showing Primary Place of Performance for the project as a NJ address
  • Signed CSIT Application Certification

BECAUSE SOME STATE SYSTEMS HAVE EXPERIENCED LONGER THAN USUAL PROCESSING TIMES DUE TO COVID-19, APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN COPIES OF NJ DOUMENTATION EARLY IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLETING THEIR APPLICATIONS TO AVOID ANY DELAYS IN SUBMISSION OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION.

In addition to online application form, Bridge Funding for Phase II applications shall include the following documentation:

  1. Copy of Federal Phase I SBIR/STTR Award/Contract from a participating Federal Agency dated within the past two (2) years of the issuance of this Notice of Funding
  • Copy of the Phase I final report and confirmation of Agency acceptance
  • Proof of Federal Phase II SBIR/STTR application submission: documentation showing that Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal has been submitted to and received by the participating Federal agency. Example:

o   A copy of the Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal submitted to sponsoring Agency and,

  • Written or electronic notification from the Agency confirming date of proposal receipt
  • NJ Tax Clearance Certificate (listing Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology) https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_PREMIER_EBIZ/jsp/home.jsp (Please note that the tax clearance certificate will need to be renewed every 6 months) Any certificates listing an agency other than NJ CSIT will be rejected
  • Completed employee log (template provide on online portal) and associated employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure -i.e. most recent NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1). Please note, if a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) is utilized the PEO must submit confirmation of PEO-A form issued by Department of Labor (DOL). These confirmations are issued on an annual basis and are valid for a year. https://www.nj.gov/labor/ea/employer-services/leasing-companies/    
  • State or federal issued identification or proof of NJ residency or employment for Principal Investigator/Project Manager
  • Copy of Page on SBIR/STTR proposal, award or contract showing Primary Place of Performance for the project as a NJ address
  • Signed CSIT Application Certification

BECAUSE SOME STATE SYSTEMS HAVE EXPERIENCED LONGER THAN USUAL PROCESSING TIMES DUE TO COVID-19, APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN COPIES OF NJ DOUMENTATION EARLY IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLETING THEIR APPLICATIONS TO AVOID ANY DELAYS IN SUBMISSION OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION.

  • 5.        EVALUATION PROCESS AND SCORING  CRITERIA

Preferred communication with applicants will be via email from csit@njeda.com. Applicants are encouraged to include this email in their safe email addresses to avoid the email going to a Junk box.

All complete applications will be scored against the scoring criteria and a summary of scored applications will be forwarded to the CSIT Program Committee. The Program Committee will review scored applications and make funding recommendations to the CSIT board. The CSIT Board will make final decision on grant winners.

Grant winners will be required to execute a Grant Agreement outlining the funding amount, terms, and conditions of the grant. Grant Funds will not be disbursed until the execution of such Grant Agreement by the applicant and CSIT.

Scoring criteria (preferences and priorities in evaluation)

All complete accepted applications received during the application window will be considered.

If available funds are insufficient to award all qualified applicants, preference shall be given to small businesses with:

  1. Percentage of employees working in New Jersey (up to 20 points)
  2. Qualified small business engaged in one of the State of New Jersey’s nine (9) strategic focus sectors: (15 points)
    • Advance Manufacturing
    • Advanced Transportation and Logistics
    • Clean Energy
    • Film and Digital Media
    • Finance and Professional Services
    • Food & Beverage (Non-Retail)
    • Life Sciences
    • Offshore Wind
    • Technology
  3. Company with technology that came out of any NJ university (Executed License agreement (15 points)
  4. Qualified first time SBIR/STTR awardees (direct funding grant) that have received their first Federal SBIR/STTR award or first time Phase II SBIR/STTR submitters (bridge funding grant)  (15 points)
  5. Sub-award/contract a portion of the SBIR/STTR work to a NJ university (stated in the proposal/budget submission) (10 points)
  6. Minority owned business (Please provide MBE certification):  (10 points)https://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/documents/contracting/NEW%20MBE-

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6.        OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

As part of the review process, CSIT conducts sister agency checks with the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on all completed applications.  To be recommended for an award, applicants must be in good standing both DOL and DEP.

Funding may be shifted across the two components of the Direct Financial Assistance Program as needed at the discretion of the CSIT Board and if additional funds are available after the review process, CSIT may accept additional applications until program funds are exhausted.

Grant awardees will agree to maintain 50% of work (as evidenced by employee log and documentation) in NJ for a period of two (2) years from the effective date of the Grant Agreement or two (2) years from the completion of the SBIR/STTR project, whichever is later. (Failure to comply will result in full re-payment of grant within sixty (60) days of relocation or as conditions state in the Grant Agreement).

All grant awardees must commit to report economic impact data to CSIT upon the completion of program for a period of two (2) years as will be outlined in the Grant Agreement and by submitting an Economic Impact Questionnaire provided by CSIT.

All grant awardees must commit to participate in future CSIT alumni activities such as, serving as a panel member or conducting brief interviews about Program experience.

7.        NOTICE OF FUNDING PROJECTED MILESTONE DATES:

  • Notice of Funding release date: August 9, 2021
  • Webinar: August 19, 2021 (Instructions to Register will be posted on the CSIT Webpage)
  • Application Period: August 16, 2021 – October 8, 2021 (8 Working Weeks)
  • Application Deadline: October 8, 2021 4:00 pm EST

8.        QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • Questions and inquiries concerning this Notice of Funding will be accepted through the application deadline. The preferred communication is to submit questions via e-mail to csit@njeda.com  
  • CSIT will host a Webinar after the release of the Notice of Funding to provide information and respond to any questions. A recording of the Webinar will be available on the CSIT website
  • The subject line of the e-mail should state: “CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance – Round 3”
  • All questions received and answers given in response to this Notice of Funding will be answered in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to be posted and continuously updated on CSIT’s webpage. https://www.njeda.com/about/Public-Information/CSIT

9.        CONFIDENTIALITY

Applications received will be reviewed only by CSIT and NJEDA. All proposals submitted will be subject to requests for disclosure, including but not limited to, a request pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. If the applicant believes that information contained in its proposal merits confidential treatment pursuant to OPRA, any such purportedly confidential information submitted to the Commission shall be specifically identified and marked by the applicant

Exhibit A: Document checklist for Direct Financial Assistance

Direct Funding for Phase I, Fast Track and Direct to Phase II Awardees

Bridge Funding for Phase II Applicants

Completed Application form

Completed Application form

Proof of Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award or contract (Award notice/contract)

Proof of Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I grant or contract award (Award notice/contract)

Copy of the accepted Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II proposal

Copy of the Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I final report

NJ Tax Clearance Certificate (certified to NJ CSIT)

NJ Tax Clearance Certificate (certified to NJ CSIT)

Completed employee log (template provided)

Completed employee log (template provided)

Employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure - most recent NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1

Employee information as appropriate for applicable company structure - most recent NJ WR-30 (W2 employees) or 1099 (contractors), Shareholder Agreement or K-1

Copy of State or Federal issued identification or proof of NJ residency or employment for Principle Investigator/Project Manager

Copy of State or Federal issued identification or proof of NJ residency or employment for Principle Investigator/Project Manager

Copy of Page of SBIR/STTR proposal, award or contract showing Primary Place of Performance for project as a NJ address

Copy of Page of SBIR/STTR proposal, award or contract showing Primary Place of Performance for Phase II project as a NJ address

Signed Application Certification

Signed Application Certification

If applicable, Minority and/ or Women -owned NJ certification

If applicable, Minority and/ or Women -owned NJ certification

Copy of the Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal submitted to sponsoring Agency and Agency acceptance (written or electronic notification from the Agency confirming date of proposal receipt)

Exhibit B: Program specifications sheet

Round 3, Direct Financial Assistance grant for businesses engaged in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Federal Programs

Funding Source

Total funding for Round 3 SBIR/STTR Direct Financial Assistance program will be $1,250,000 using eligible funds from CSIT's FY2022 budget appropriation

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Program is to enhance the State's innovative economy by providing technical and financial support to small businesses seeking to or participating in the Federal SBIR/STTR program

Eligible Applicants (Direct funding grant and Bridge funding grant)

Direct Funding for Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II winners:

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

a. Be a NJ based small business (have a valid tax clearance certificate)

b. Be a recipient of a Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II grant or contract award within the last two (2) years prior to the issuance of this Notice of Funding (August 9, 2021)

c. The applicant company cannot have been awarded more than 5 Federal SBIR/STTR grants or contracts (Phase I, Fast-track, Direct to Phase II combined) throughout the lifetime of the company

d. Have a NJ resident or employee designated as Principal Investigator/Project Manager for the duration of the CSIT grant
e. Have 50% or more full time equivalent employees working in NJ at the time of application as evidenced by employee documentation (fulltime/part-time employees and contractors)
f. The primary place of performance on the SBIR/STTR project award is a NJ address
g. The applicant company has not had the closing date for an award of a CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct funding or Bridge funding grant within the past one year from this Notice of Funding issuance date (August 9, 2021)

Bridge Funding for Phase II Applicants: All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
a. Be a NJ based small business (have a valid tax clearance certificate)
b. Be a previous Federal SBIR/STTR Phase I grant or contract award recipient within the last two (2) years prior to the issuance of this Notice of funding (August 9, 2021) that has successfully completed a Phase I Federal SBIR/STTR program, and submitted a Phase II SBIR/STTR application and has not received a Federal response yet on their Phase II application
c. The applicant company cannot have been awarded more than five (5) Federal SBIR/STTR grants or contracts (Phase I, Fast-track or Direct to Phase II combined) and four (4) Federal Phase II SBIR/STTR grants or contracts throughout the lifetime of the company
d. Have a NJ resident or employee designated as Principal Investigator/Project Manager for the duration of the CSIT grant
e. Have 75% or more full time equivalent employees working in NJ at the time of application as evidenced by employee documentation (fulltime and part-time employees and contractors)
f. The primary place of performance on the Phase II SBIR/STTR project submission is a NJ address g. The applicant company has not had the closing date for an award of a CSIT SBIR/STTR Direct funding or Bridge funding grant within the past one year from this Notice of Funding issuance date (August 9, 2021)

Eligible Uses

The grant funding can be utilized to maintain project activities and cover general operating costs

Application Process and Board Approval/ Delegated Authority

Application process:
1. Applications will be open for a limited timeframe
2. A document completeness review will be done on a rolling basis as applications are received up to the application deadline
3. Applicants with missing documentation will be notified and given 10 business days to submit missing documents
4. Only complete applications after the missing documentation deadline will be evaluated and scored (Applicants that have been attempted to obtain missing state documentation but have not received it will be scored if they demonstrate they have attempted to obtain the documents since some NJ state agencies are taking longer than usual to process requests due to COVID. Missing documentation MUST be received prior to any recommendations of any award to any applicant.)
5. If more applications are received than available funding, priority will be given to applications that score the highest against the scoring criteria

Board Approval:
The CSIT Program Committee will review scored applications and make funding recommendations to the CSIT board. The CSIT Board will make final decision on grant winners

Delegated Authority:
Delegated Authority to the Executive Director to:
1. Make recommendations to move funds between Direct Funding and Bridge Funding components based on the applications received; and
2. Issue denial letters to applications with incomplete documentation following the extension period

Grant Amounts

Direct funding component $25,000 grants for thirty (30) SBIR/STTR Phase I, Fast Track or Direct to Phase II award/contract winners Bridge funding component $50,000 grants for ten (10) SBIR/STTR Phase II applicants

Funding Disbursement

Full amount of the grant will be disbursed to the applicant upon the successful execution of a grant agreement between CSIT and the applicant outlining the funding amount, terms, and conditions of the grant

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
New Jersey Community Stages Relief Grant Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) hereby announces the availability of grant funding under the New Jersey Community Stages Relief Grant Program, which is designed to assist for-profit establishments that organize, promote, produce, manage, or host live events or performances by performing artists, and have experienced a revenue loss from Q2 2019 to Q2 2020. 

Applications will open on Tuesday August 17, 2021 at 9:00 am and will close on Tuesday September 7, 2021 at 5:00pm. Applications will be accepted for twenty one (21) days after the opening of the application. Applications for this program will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date and time in which the Authority receives the application.

Background

This funding opportunity is available as part of Governor Murphy’s campaign to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey and to facilitate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic with substantive investments in New Jersey’s people, communities, Main Streets, and businesses.

On April 8, 2021, Governor Murphy signed into law P.L.  2021, c. 43, which allocates $15 million of CRF funding to support arts and culture organizations impacted by COVID-19. Of that $15 million, $7.5 million was allocated to the Authority to make grant funding available to for-profit arts and culture organizations. The remaining funding was allocated to the New Jersey Council on the Arts to provide funding to not-for-profit arts and culture organizations. On July 21, 2021, Governor Murphy signed into law, P.L.  2021, c. 173, $10 million of American Rescue Plan funding was allocated as additional funding to the Authority to supplement the original $7.5 million funding to for-profit arts and culture grants.

Purpose

The New Jersey Community Stages Relief Grant Program will provide grant funding based on 30 percent of operating revenue loss between 2019 and 2020, capped at $300,000, to for-profit businesses that involve the organization, hosting, promotion, production, or management of live music or performances.

Eligible Uses

The sole use is grant funding to for-profit businesses that involve the organization, hosting, promotion, production, or management of live music or performances for business interruption revenue replacement.

Grant Amounts

Under the program, grants will be made on a first come first served basis. Awards will be calculated based on 30% of revenue loss up to a maximum grant award of $300,000, net of any duplication of benefits or Federal award requirement reduction.

Grant calculation:

  • Grants amounts will be calculated as 30 percent of the decline in operating revenue in 2020 versus 2019.
  • The total grant amount cannot exceed the establishment’s unmet need based on duplication of benefits analysis. The maximum grant request amount is $300,000 and the minimum amount is $10,000 contingent on the total unmet need being at least $10,000. Any total unmet need below $10,000 will be funded up to the level of that unmet need.


Funding Disbursement

Disbursements to grantees will be made pursuant to the following disbursement schedule: 100 percent of the award will be made following the execution of the grant agreement. Automated processes, where applicable, are being implemented to ensure the rapid issue of the disbursements.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant eligibility will be determined through one of two specific criteria:

  1. An eligible North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, based on its most recent business tax filing, to ensure the establishment could realistically host, organize, promote, produce, or manage live events with performing artists.
  2. The ability to certify that fifty percent or more of the primary business activity-operating revenue is from organizing, promoting, producing, managing, or hosting at least two regularly occurring live performances per week.

All applicants must meet Eligibility Criteria 1 or Eligibility Criteria 2 in order to be eligible for the grant.

All applicants must meet the Applicant Eligibility Criteria-Establishment Venue Capacity in addition to meeting either Eligibility Criteria 1 or Eligibility Criteria 2.

Applicant Eligibility Criteria 1 – NAICS Eligible Establishments

An eligible applicant shall operate under a NAICS code that demonstrates that their primary business involves live events or performing arts, as follows:

NAICS CodeBusiness Type
711410 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
711310Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities
711320Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without Facilities
711110 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
711130 Musical Groups and Artists

Establishments that have one of these NAICS codes would still need to meet the establishment venue capacity criteria as well as the other statutory requirements for eligibility (explained further below).

Applicant Eligibility Criteria 2 – Eligibility for Other Establishments Outside of Allowable NAICS Codes

If the applicant does not fall into one of the eligible NAICS codes as listed above, they may still be eligible for the program. The establishment must certify that their principal business operating revenue (50 percent or more) involves the organization, hosting, promotion, production, or management of live music or performances, with a brief narrative description making the case as to why the establishment’s primary business meets that definition. The applicant will then be asked to provide yearly income and expense statements for 2019 or 2020 providing a breakdown substantiating the operating revenues, identified by source, specific to the arts and culture establishment.

The Authority will accept management prepared financial reports, financial reports generated by an accounting system or software package or financial reports prepared by a third-party (CPA, accountant, or bookkeeper). The self-reported revenue statements must be certified by an owner, officer or an authorized representative of the organization. These statements can also be known as income statement, profit and loss (P&L) statement, or statements of revenue and expense

Applicants must show that at least 50 percent of their operating revenue is derived from ticket sales and/or admissions fees of live performances. Establishments that have verified that their primary business involves the organization, hosting, promotion, production, or management of live music or performances would still need to meet the establishment venue capacity criteria as well as other statutory requirements for eligibility

Program Eligibility Requirement-Establishment Venue Capacity

All applicants must certify venue capacity with the presentation of a Certificate of Occupancy issued by a New Jersey municipality, county or state agency. Establishments with a leased or owned venue capacity of greater than 2,500 are not eligible for the program. Applicants that do not own or have a lease on a performance space must certify that as of the date of application they do not own or lease a performance space. Applicants who utilize a leased performance venue must provide a Certificate of Occupancy the primary performance space.

Applicants must also meet the statutory criteria as listed below:

Two Live Performances per week

Pursuant to P.L.  2021, c. 43, the Authority shall verify the establishment hosts two live performances per week. The Authority will collect documentation demonstrating the establishment has organized, promoted, produced, managed, or hosted at least two live performances or events per week across any three-month (quarterly) period beginning no later than January 1, 2019, through the date of application. Given that this program is intended to support establishments negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this timeframe will ensure that funding is reserved and available to establishments that were operational and regularly hosting, producing, promoting, organizing or managing events immediately preceding the COVID-19 pandemic.


The types of documentation the Authority would expect to collect to evidence the live performances include: live event calendars, public advertisements of live events, evidence of ticket sales for live events, ledgers, income statements, box office reports and other documents showing show dates, artists or events, ticket prices, and number of tickets sold, marketing or promotional materials, or any other documentation sufficiently demonstrating  bi-weekly live events were supported over a three-month period.

Statutory Eligibility Requirements-Event Admissions Fees

The applicant must show that admission fees were charged for any events organized, promoted, produced, managed, or hosted by the applicant. The determination measure will spread over any three-month (quarterly) period beginning no later than January 1, 2019, through the date of application. Documentation will be collected as part of the application which must demonstrate the collection of admission fees for each event that is part of the three-month reporting period. This may include reports provided by a third-party ticket seller or payment processor, copies of receipts or tickets/ticket stubs sold at an event, in house administrative documentation, marketing materials or third-party media demonstrating a fee for admission was collected for live events reported during the three-month sample period.

Statutory Eligibility Requirements-Artist Payment for Events

The applicant must also show that the performing artists performing at live events over any three-month (quarterly) period beginning no later than January 1, 2019, through the date of application are paid through one of the following wage structures: payment based on a percentage of sales, a guaranteed payment, a contract or other mutually beneficial formal arrangement, or the sale of tickets for which performers are paid based on a percentage of ticket sales.

To evidence this, the Authority will require documentation proofs provided by the applicant for four different artists or their representatives evidencing a mutual agreement between the performing artist or the artists’ agent, representative or other person or establishment responsible for arranging an artists’ performance and the applying establishment or host venue that clearly demonstrates the performing artist was paid based on one of the wage structures identified above.

It is expected that a contract be executed by both the performing artist and the applicant establishment/hosting venue that clearly stipulates the basis by which the performing artist is paid. However, recognizing the nature of how the industry works which is sometimes outside of formal contractual agreements, staff will accept other forms of documentation such as written or electronic copies of agreements such as copies of emails, electronic messages, and dated text messages if it is clear to the Authority that the compensation was mutually agreed upon, and the compensation is consistent with the statutory requirements.

Statutory Eligibility Requirements-25 percent or Greater Operating Loss When Comparing Q2 2019 and Q2 2020

The applicant must verify that the establishment has a 25 percent or greater operating revenue loss in Q2 2020 compared to the Q2 2019. The Authority is currently exploring if there are ways to automate this review using information from the Division of Taxation; however, this is complicated by the fact that not every applicant may be a Corporate Business Tax filer. At a minimum, the Authority may first ask the applicant to self-report its operating revenue specific to the arts and culture establishment on a quarterly basis over calendar years 2019 and 2020. Any application whose self-reported revenue numbers do not meet the 25 percent requirement over the Q2 2020 to Q2 2019 comparison will not advance to the documentation review process on the basis that the statutory requirement for operating revenue loss was not met.

For establishments with self-reported operating revenue numbers that demonstrate a 25 percent or greater loss, the applicant will then be asked to provide 2019 and 2020 business income tax filings specific to the arts and culture establishment, so the Authority may compare the operating revenue reporting annually on the business filings to ensure consistency with the revenue reported on the management or third-party prepared financial statements.

For applicants whose self-reported operating revenue numbers demonstrate a 25 percent or greater loss but do not have 2019 and 2020 business income tax filings specific to the establishment for which the applicant is seeking grant funds, the applicant shall provide quarterly income and expense statements for all quarters of 2019 and 2020 providing a breakdown substantiating the operating revenue numbers specific to the arts and culture establishment. These statements must identify revenue by source. The Authority will accept management prepared financial reports, financial reports generated by an accounting system or software package or financial reports prepared by a third-party (CPA, accountant, or bookkeeper). The self-reported revenue statements must be certified by an owner, officer or an authorized representative of the organization. These statements can also be known as income statement, profit and loss (P&L) statement, or statements of revenue and expense.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted for 21 days after the opening of the application. Applications for this program will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date and time in which the Authority receives the application. Only applications that are fully complete will be considered for funding. Applicants will be given five business days for an opportunity to correct or preserve their application by providing missing documentation. Applicants who fail to provide the requested application information will be rejected on the basis of insufficient or incomplete documentation.

Given the volume of applications the Authority expects to receive, only applicants that provide a NAICS code as listed in Eligibility Criteria 1 and self-report revenue figures showing at least a 25 percent operating revenue loss over the Q2 2020 to Q2 2019 comparison or can demonstrate that fifty percent or more of the primary business activity-operating income is from organizing, promoting, producing, managing, or hosting at least two regularly occurring live performances per week and self-report revenue figures showing at least a 25 percent operating revenue loss over the Q2 2020 to Q2 2019 comparison will advance to a manual review of documentation by Authority staff. Applicants with greater than 2,500 capacity will not proceed.

The Authority will implement additional automation and interactivity such that businesses are immediately alerted if they enter information that may indicate ineligibility or trigger a manual review, giving them the opportunity to confirm that their responses are correct or choose not to proceed if they are ineligible.

Fees

Due to financial hardship, no fees will be collected by the Authority for this program.

Questions

Please direct all program related questions to NJCommunityArts@njeda.com

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New Jersey Economic Development Authority
COVID-19 Outbreak
Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Phase I
Notice of Funding Availability

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA” or “Authority”) will begin accepting applications for the Government Restricted Municipalities-Phase I grant beginning Wednesday July 14, 2021, at 9:00 AM. Applications will be accepted no later than Monday, September 13, 2021, at 5:00 PM. Applicants should read the application instructions posted to the Authority’s webpage at https://www.njeda.com for more information.


Overview

This funding opportunity is issued by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority   (NJEDA) as part of Governor Murphy’s campaign to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey and to facilitate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic with substantive investments in New Jersey’s people, communities, Main Streets, and businesses. The Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Program-Phase I will provide grants to qualified applicants to create long-term strategic action plans to assist New Jersey’s Government Restricted Municipalities (GRM), identified by statute as Atlantic City, Paterson and Trenton, to maximize their growth potential and implement new or stalled community-focused economic growth projects


Purpose

In Phase I of the Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Program, applicants 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 stakeholders 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.


Eligible Uses

The Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Program’s sole use is funding for the design and submission of an action-oriented strategic plan that uses existing plans of the GRM and stakeholders in multiple disciplines to identify both projects in existing planning documents and the technical capacity needs that have held those projects back from completion. The plan(s) need be focused on economic revitalization and development of long-term strategic action plans comprising an in-depth analysis of community planning activities that will lead to actionable project plans focused on community goals for economic development. The use of grant funds must be focused on long-term economic development planning efforts in the government restricted municipalities identified in the Economic Recovery Act with the ultimate goal of actualizing community-focused economic growth projects.

Applicants must apply to work with one of the designated government restricted municipalities, defined by statue as Atlantic City, Paterson and Trenton.

Grant Amounts          

Three (3) grants of $250,000 will be made totaling $750,000. Each GRM will be the focus of at least one grant.

Funding Disbursement

Disbursements to grantees will be made pursuant to the following disbursement schedule: 50 percent of the grant amount ($125,000) upon execution of the grant agreement; 25 percent of the grant amount ($62,500) on or around the halfway point of the grant term (3 months), upon EDA’s receipt and approval of a progress report; and 25 percent of the grant amount ($62,500)  upon completion and submission of the final plan.


Eligible Applicants

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 plan focused on economic revitalization. Vested interest in close co-operation must be shown by a letter of support from the chief executive of the eligible government restricted municipality.

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.

Applicants will be required to submit additional documentation pending the award of the grant.

This will include Tax Clearance Certificates and Business Registration Certificates for non-governmental entities. All entities will be required pass additional compliance reviews with related New Jersey state government agencies. Examples include reviews by Department of Labor and Department of Environmental Protection. 


Application Process

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


Fees

Due to financial hardship, no fees will be collected by the Authority for this program.


Additional Information

Additional information on the Government Restricted Municipality Planning Grants Phase I may be found on the NJEDA website at https://www.njeda.com/grmpgp/

Questions & Answers


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, https://www.njeda.com/grmpgp/, 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.

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COVID-19 Outbreak
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
Notice of Funding Availability
Sustain and Serve NJ
Applications accepted from June 28, 2021 through July 18, 2021

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 extended the Public Health Emergency multiple times, formally ending it on June 4, 2021.

Subsequent containment measures were implemented, including restrictions on public gatherings and mandated closure of non-essential businesses. While these measures were consistent with similar measures being taken nationally to limit the public’s exposure to COVID-19, there has been 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 plummeted or disappeared, and many restaurants had little choice but to change – or abandon – their operating model, with some having to close their doors completely and lay off or furlough all staff. Many restaurants that changed their operating model 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. From March 2020 to April 2021, NJDOL reports that nearly 107,000 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. During the pandemic, the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association estimated that as many as 30 percent of New Jersey restaurants remained 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.

To build on these initiatives and other restaurant support programs implemented by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA or Authority), the Authority announced the launch of the Sustain and Serve NJ program in November 2020. In the first phase of grants announced in February 2021, NJEDA awarded more than $14 million to 28 organizations across the state, supporting the purchase of more than 1.5 million meals from over 340 restaurants.

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 $10 million will be utilized to make grants of a minimum of $100,000 and maximum of $2 million to 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 January 31, 2022, for: the restaurant’s costs of food and ingredients; labor, packaging, and facilities; and, any profit margin for the restaurant.

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 and maximum of $2 million, with grant awards calculated based on the projected number of meals to be purchased and estimated cost (per meal), excluding sales tax, gratuity, and delivery fees.

Under the Sustain and Serve NJ Program, 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 gratuity, and delivery fees. 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 $10 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

The Sustain and Serve NJ Program is open 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://www1.state.nj.us/TYTR_BRC/servlet/common/BRCLogin
  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 June 28, 2021. Invoices must include, at minimum: restaurant name, date(s) of purchase, description of purchase(s), quantity purchased, and total cost.

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. Additional eligibility requirements may apply, which will be based on any applicable Federal requirements.

Current grantees of the Sustain and Serve NJ program are eligible to apply for additional funds and may not be required to resubmit eligibility documentation.

Restaurants may not directly apply for this grant. Restaurants interested in the program can contact an entity with an established bulk meal purchasing and distribution program to discuss potential participation. A list of current Sustain and Serve NJ grantees can be found here. 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. 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. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority as to eligibility for Sustain and Serve NJ. All parties are strongly advised to exercise due diligence when selecting participating restaurants.

As noted above, eligible applicants must have a demonstrated history of making bulk meal purchases from New Jersey-based restaurants totaling at least 3,000 meals valued at least $50,000 between March 9, 2020 and June 28, 2021.

As part of the grant application, applicants must list the restaurants that they will be making bulk meal purchases from if they receive a Sustain and Serve NJ grant. 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 fewer full-time equivalent employees at time of application, based on the company’s most recently filed WR-30 with the NJDOL;
  • Physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey;
  • NJ Business Registration Certificate which may be obtained at  https://www1.state.nj.us/TYTR_BRC/servlet/common/BRCLogin;
  • Be in good standing with the New Jersey Division of Taxation, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of the Division of Taxation;
  • Be in good standing with the NJDOL, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of the Commissioner of the NJDOL;
  • 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;
  • 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); and
  • Additional eligibility requirements may apply, which will be based on any applicable Federal requirements.

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 Sustain and Serve NJ application, this form will be sent by NJEDA directly to restaurants listed in that application.
  2. NJ Business Registration Certificate which may be obtained at  https://www1.state.nj.us/TYTR_BRC/servlet/common/BRCLogin; 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

Sustain and Serve NJ is a reimbursement-based grant. 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, total cost, description of purchased item(s), 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 June 28, 2021 through July 18, 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 own and their 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/eligibility-for-sustain-and-serve

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COVID-19 Outbreak

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program-Phase 4

Notice of Funding Availability

Pre-registration will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26th and remain open until Wednesday, June 30th at 5:00 p.m. Following pre-registration, applications will become available on a rolling basis. Pre-registered applicants will need to return to https://programs.njeda.com/en-US/ to complete an application based on the following schedule:

  • Restaurants, Child Care Providers and Small Businesses (6-50 FTEs) – 9:00 a.m. on July 7, 2021
  • Micro Businesses (five or fewer FTEs) – 9:00 a.m. on July 8, 2021

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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 our state’s economy.

In response, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) established various financial assistance initiatives, including the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – an emergency grant funding program to provide funding as efficiently and quickly as possible to small and medium sized enterprises (businesses and non-profits) (“SMEs”) that needed payroll and working capital support as a result of adverse economic impacts following the March 9, 2020 declaration of a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency. The initial phase of the grant program focused on the smallest enterprises in targeted industries that were among the most adversely impacted by the containment measures.

Thereafter, the NJEDA established the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program-Phase 2, accepting $51 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (the “Fund”), as established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to both provide additional funding to Phase 1 and to capitalize Phase 2. The second phase of the grant program expanded its focus to include businesses of up to 25 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), and removed industry-related restrictions to eligibility, in acknowledgement of the reality that nearly all SMEs in a wide range of industries have been adversely affected by the economic consequences of the public health emergency and were in urgent need of assistance.

On October 14, 2020, the NJEDA launched the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program-Phase 3, accepting an additional $70 million from the Fund for grant with expanded eligibility for small and medium sized businesses and non-profits with up to 50 FTEs and increased amounts of funding per business, and reserved funding for the most adversely affected businesses, i.e., restaurants, micro-businesses, and businesses based in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts.

In line with his commitment to a stronger and fairer economic recovery, Governor Phil Murphy recently announced the allocation of $200 million in additional funds to help fulfill Phase 4 grant applications. Small business owners and non-profits that have not previously applied for Phase 4 grants may pre-register as a preliminary step toward applying for grants of up to $20,000.

The $200 million in additional funds will continue to support the most adversely affected businesses in New Jersey, including $20 million for bars and restaurants, $120 million for micro-businesses, $10 million for child care providers, as well as $50 million for other small businesses and non-profits with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees. Since the initial launch of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program back in April of 2020, the NJEDA has distributed more than $259 million in aid to some 55,000 businesses across the state.

Purpose

The purpose of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program-Phase 4 is to provide short-term, immediate payroll and working capital support to SMEs that that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency, thereby helping to stabilize their operations and minimizing any potential furloughs and/or layoffs.

Eligible Uses

Under the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program-Phase 4, funding may be used for reimbursement of certain lost revenue as result of the business interruption caused by COVID-19. Funding cannot be used for capital expenses, including construction.

Funding Disbursement

The $85 million available from the Fund, as established under the CARES Act, will be allocated as follows:

Restaurants: $35 million reserved to support businesses classified as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722 (described as “Restaurants”), given the disproportionate impact these businesses have experienced due to COVID-19, including caps on on-location dining and unusual costs they incurred to adapt their business models for safe operations; 33 percent of the funding within this category will be directed to support entities that have a commercial business address located (fully or partially) in a census tract that was eligible to selected as New Jersey Opportunity Zone (i.e., a New Market Tax Credit census tract). Because this is a reserve to be used for the applications received, any amount of the 33 percent Opportunity Zone eligible reserve that remains after processing all applications from entities in Opportunity Zone eligible census tracts will be used for any other applicant to the $35 million restaurant funding pool. Similarly, any amount of this $35 million pool that remains after processing all applications from restaurants will be used for any other eligible Phase 4 applicant.

Child Care Providers: $10 million reserved to support businesses classified as “Child Day Care Services” under NAICS code 624410 (described as “Child Care”), given the disproportionate impact these businesses have experienced due to COVID-19, including caps on capacity numbers and unusual costs they incurred to adapt their business models for safe operations; 33 percent of the funding within this category will be directed to support entities that have a commercial business address located (fully or partially) in a census tract that was eligible to selected as New Jersey Opportunity Zone (i.e., a New Market Tax Credit census tract). Because this is a reserve to be used for the applications received, any amount of the 33 percent Opportunity Zone eligible reserve that remains after processing all applications from entities in Opportunity Zone eligible census tracts will be used for any other applicant to the $10 million childcare funding pool. Similarly, any amount of this $10 million pool that remains after processing all applications from child care providers will be used for any other eligible Phase 4 applicant.

Micro-Businesses: $25 million reserved to support businesses that have had 5 or fewer FTEs in each of their past eight quarters of WR-30 filings (including businesses with no FTEs), given the unique financial vulnerability experienced because of COVID-19 by micro-businesses, which typically have lower financial reserves; 33 percent of the funding within this category will be directed to support entities that have a commercial business address (or home address for home-based businesses) located (fully or partially) in a census tract that was eligible to selected as New Jersey Opportunity Zone (i.e., a New Market Tax Credit census tract). Because this is a reserve to be used for the applications received, any amount of the 33 percent Opportunity Zone eligible reserve that remains after processing all applications from entities in Opportunity Zone eligible census tracts will be used for any other applicant to the $25 million micro-business funding pool. Similarly, any amount of this $25 million pool that remains after processing all applications from micro-businesses will be used for any other eligible Phase 4 applicant.

Other Small Businesses: $15 million reserved to support businesses that are not eligible under the micro-business category; 33 percent of the funding within this category will be directed to support entities that have a commercial business address (or home address for home-based businesses) located (fully or partially) in a census tract that was eligible to selected as New Jersey Opportunity Zone (i.e., a New Market Tax Credit census tract). Because this is a reserve to be used for the applications received, any amount of the 33 percent Opportunity Zone eligible reserve that remains after processing all applications from entities in Opportunity Zone eligible census tracts will be used for any other applicant to this $15 million funding pool. Similarly, any amount of this $15 million pool that remains after processing all applications will be used for any other eligible Phase 4 applicant.

An applicant is only eligible for one allocation of funding. For example: if a business is eligible for the Restaurant or Child Care Providers allocation, as determined by its NAICS code, it can only apply for that specific allocation and not the Micro-business or other small business allocation.

If any additional funding becomes available beyond the initial $85 million, that funding will be available to any eligible Phase 4 applicant, regardless of whether they fall into the Restaurants, Child Care Providers, Micro-Businesses, or Other Small Businesses category.

Grant Amounts

Award sizes for all categories, including “Food Services and Drinking Places” businesses with NAICS beginning with 722 and “Child Care Providers” businesses with NAICS code 624410, Micro-Businesses and Small Businesses, are based on FTEs, as follows:

FTEs                                                                                                   Award

5 or fewer FTEs, including businesses with no FTEs                        $10,000

6 to 25 FTEs                                                                                       $15,000

26 to 50 FTEs                                                                                     $20,000

FTEs will be determined for award size in the same manner as for eligibility. If the grant amount for the applicant is greater than the unmet need, the amount will be determined in $500 increments, not to exceed the amount of need.  For applicants with an unmet need between $500 and $1,000, the minimum grant award shall be $1,000; no grant amount will be approved if the applicant’s unmet need is less than $500.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, applicants must be SMEs with no more than 50 FTEs.

The Authority will utilize the applicant’s New Jersey WR-30 filings with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD). Initially, the highest FTE count of the past eight quarters – 1st Quarter 2019 to 4th Quarter 2020 – will be used, enabling businesses to receive the award corresponding to their peak headcount in 2019 or 2020 rather than their current headcount, which may reflect substantial headcount declines due to significant losses in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To determine eligibility, the 4th Quarter 2020 WR-30 or 3rd Quarter 2020 WR-30, whichever is the most recently filed, will be reviewed. If the most recent WR-30 FTE count is less than the eligibility threshold, the business will be eligible and receive a grant award based on the largest FTE category. Implied FTE calculations will be rounded to the nearest FTE (e.g., 2.49 FTE would be counted as 2 FTE for the program, whereas 2.50 FTE would be counted as 3 FTE). While the calculation of FTEs is based on weeks worked and wages as reported on the WR-30 filing, in no event will a company receive grant funding based on a number of FTEs that exceeds the number of employees employed by the company, EXCEPT that if a sole proprietor or other applying entity has no FTEs, it may be eligible for the minimum grant award based on business type. For entities like sole proprietors the NJEDA will work with the Division of Taxation in the Department of Treasury, to identify tax filing status. 

The SME must have a physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey (e.g., an office, a physical point of sales, a warehouse, manufacturing facility, etc.). With regard to home-based businesses, the home must be located in New Jersey.

Non-profit entities organized under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c) will be eligible, with the exception of organizations whose primary activity is political lobbying.

Prohibited businesses include, but are not limited to: gambling or gaming activities; the 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 sales; sales by transient merchants, Christmas tree sales or other outdoor storage; any activity constituting a nuisance; or any illegal purposes.

Businesses that were approved for grant funding under Phase 1 to 3 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will be eligible for Phase 4 funding. Funding received in Phases 1 to 3 will not affect the award sizes these businesses are eligible to receive in Phase 4 (except to the extent those prior awards reduce the business’s unmet need to below the grant amount the business would otherwise be eligible for). However, businesses that applied in Phase 1 to 3 will need to re-apply and submit all required documentation regardless of their prior application.

The CEO/equivalent officer of the SME must self-certify that the firm:

  • Was in operation on February 15, 2020 consistent with the federal Paycheck Protection Program implemented by the Small Business Administration;
  • Will make a best effort not to furlough or lay off any individuals from the time of application through six months after the end of the declared State of Emergency on March 9, 2020. SMEs that have already furloughed or laid off workers from the time of application must make a best-effort pledge to re-hire those workers as soon as possible. Any material breach of its best efforts certification may result in the NJEDA seeking repayment of the grant;
  • Has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared state of emergency on March 9, 2020 (e.g., has been temporarily shut down, has been required to reduce hours, has had at least a 20% 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); and
  • Has a material financial need that cannot be overcome without the grant of emergency relief funds at this time (e.g., does not have significant cash reserves that can support the SME during this period of economic disruption).

The SME must be registered to do business in the State of New Jersey, as evidenced by a current registration status from the Division of Taxation. If the SME is not recognized by the Division of Taxation, the SME must provide proof of registration prior to February 15, 2019 and a valid Business Registration Certificate (BRC). The SME will have 4 weeks from initial notification from the NJEDA to satisfy that requirement. No grant agreement will be executed without a current registration status from the Division of Taxation or a valid BRC.

In addition, the SME must satisfy the Division of Taxation’s requirement to ensure that the SME does not have tax debts due to the State. As with Phase 1 to 3, the applicant shall certify that it does not owe any taxes and will be subject to repayment if the certification is not correct.

The SME must be in good standing with DLWD, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of DLWD’s Commissioner. If the SME is regulated by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), then it must also be in good standing with ABC, with all decisions of good standing at the discretion of the ABC. If the SME is regulated by the Department of Human Services (DHS), then it must also be in good standing with DHS, with all decisions being at the discretion of the DHS. If the SME is regulated by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), then it must also be in good standing with DCF, with all decisions being at the discretion of the DCF.

Entities with multiple Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) can submit one application per EIN. Businesses with multiple locations but only one EIN will be limited to one application (under the sole EIN).

Additional eligibility requirements may apply, which will be based on any applicable Federal requirements tied to the CARES Act funding, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Applicants must acknowledge and agree to the requirement that grant proceeds only be used for eligible uses as defined below;
  • A restriction on duplication of benefits that could exclude potential applicants that have already received emergency COVID-19 assistance; and
  • A requirement that the applicant demonstrate that it has had negative impacts from COVID-19.

Application Process

Interested SMEs will need to pre-register at https://programs.njeda.com between Wednesday, May 26th at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, June 30th at 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration is NOT first-come, first-served, but SMEs are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible.

SMEs THAT DO NOT PRE-REGISTER WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR PHASE 4 GRANTS.

The pre-application period for Phase 4 funds is being re-opened to enable eligible SMEs to receive available additional funding. The application period will begin at the same time on July 7 or July 8, 2021, according to your business category, without an earlier window for SMEs that were not approved for Phase 3 funding. Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the date in which the Authority receives a completed application submission.

Fees

Due to financial hardship, no fees will be collected by the Authority for this program.

Additional Information

Additional information on the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program may be found at business.nj.gov/COVID.

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NJ Wind Turbine Technician Training Grant Challenge

Notice of Funding Availability

Take notice that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is seeking applications for the NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge for solutions to establish an industry-recognized certificate training program to prepare New Jerseyans for careers as offshore wind turbine technicians, a high-growth, high-wage profession that is integral to the growth of the State’s offshore wind sector.

Name of Program: NJ Wind Turbine Technician Training Grant Challenge.

Purpose: Governor Murphy’s economic development plan, “The State of Innovation: Building a Stronger and Fairer New Jersey Economy,” identifies offshore wind as one of the State’s strategic sectors for accelerating growth in New Jersey’s economy. In addition, the plan asserts a commitment to investing in people in order to empower New Jersey students and workers to take advantage of high-growth, high-wage jobs. Governor Murphy’s talent development plan, “JobsNJ: Developing Talent to Grow Business in the Garden State” emphasizes the need to bolster industry recognized post-secondary credential programs that support career pathways. The growth of the offshore wind turbine technician occupation in New Jersey represents an opportunity to realize each of these priorities.

Offshore wind turbine technicians maintain and repair wind turbines. They apply mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and information technology skills to ensure the turbines operate effectively. Industry places significant value on having a local workforce that is equipped to carry out these critical functions for the operation of wind farms. The workforce need for offshore wind turbine technicians was underscored by industry in discussions organized by the Governor’s WIND Council, per Executive Order No. 79, as well as defined in the New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan released by NJBPU in September 2020 as offshore wind turbine technician training does not currently exist in New Jersey.

The offshore wind turbine technician occupation has not yet been established in New Jersey, and there is no dedicated training program in the State. The profession is growing rapidly – as more turbines are installed, more wind turbine technicians are needed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of wind turbine service technicians (including onshore and offshore) is projected to grow 61 percent from 2019 to 2029, significantly outpacing most professions. Establishing a New Jersey based training program will support the development of a locally based, skilled workforce that can meet this demand.

The NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge aims to establish a training program that enables New Jerseyans to achieve industry-recognized offshore wind turbine technician training and credentials so they can participate in the growing offshore wind industry and help accelerate the State’s growth of the industry.

The NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge is seeking solutions to establish an industry-recognized certificate training program to prepare New Jerseyans for careers as offshore wind turbine technicians, a high-growth, high-wage profession that is integral to the growth of the State’s offshore wind sector. Through this Challenge, the NJEDA is seeking applications from New Jersey’s community colleges and their collaborators to develop and deliver a training program that will prepare New Jerseyans for offshore wind turbine technician roles. The Authority will select a winning application to be an up to $1 million grant to support implementation.

Applicants must submit proposals that outline compelling plans to:

The community college that is awarded this grant shall use the grant funding to work with industry and other stakeholders to design a curriculum that meets the program’s goals and industry standards and to launch and deliver the program. Potential components of the curriculum may include:

  • Wind power operations and maintenance;
  • Wind power technology;
  • Electrical machinery;
  • Fluid systems;
  • Mechanical systems;
  • Information technology/software programs;
  • Renewable energy;
  • Algebra;
  • OSHA 10; and
  • Resume writing and interview skills.

Note: Proposals should not include Global Wind Organization Basic Safety & Sea Survival Training. The State is looking to support the development of this program through a separate initiative and it can be assumed students will be able to access this training beginning in 2023.  

Eligible Applicants: New Jersey community colleges are the only entities eligible to apply for this grant as a primary applicant. New Jersey’ community colleges have the ability to provide a holistic program with a stackable credential (e.g., a pathway to an Associate degree), have demonstrated experience serving a diverse population, can offer a wide range of support services (e.g., career services, family services, counseling, mentoring, etc.) and are well positioned to convene and work with various parties to support multiple career pathways.

Recognizing that collaborations with labor unions and industry are necessary for the successful development and delivery of the program, any New Jersey community college applying for this grant must submit applications that include plans to collaborate with regional councils or other umbrella labor union groups to meet the program’s goals. Applicants must also include plans to collaborate with representatives of potential employers to ensure curriculum is aligned with industry needs and that the program prepares students for employment in New Jersey’s initial offshore wind projects.

Additionally, community colleges are encouraged to submit applications that include collaborations with other entities as needed to meet program goals such as other community colleges, higher education institutions, training providers, non-profit organizations and/or other private entities. Such collaborations can bolster outreach, recruitment, curriculum development and delivery, support services, hands-on/on-the-job training opportunities (including but not limited to access to internships, apprenticeships, and training facilities), job placement services and other program needs.

Regardless of the number of collaborators, the NJEDA will only enter into an agreement with and award the grant to the single primary applicant (the community college).

Grant Disbursement: Applicants may apply for up to $1 million in grant funding. Only one grant will be awarded under this program. The up to $1 million grant will be disbursed to the winning applicant to support implementation. Eligible uses of grant funding include planning (e.g. staff costs for curriculum development), soft launch (e.g. outreach and recruitment materials, instructor costs), or capital costs (e.g. facility build out, equipment). Applicants must provide a detailed budget that demonstrates how the grant will be used to cover these costs. Applicants that require funding in excess of the grant amount must demonstrate ability to secure these funds.

The winning applicant will enter into a grant agreement with NJEDA. Prior to executing the grant agreement, the grantee will coordinate with NJEDA to ensure labor compliance, including compliance with prevailing wage and Affirmative Action requirements, where applicable.

The grant will be disbursed according to the following milestones:

  • Twenty Five percent of the grant to be disbursed upon execution of a grant agreement between NJEDA and the highest scoring community college (contingent upon Board approval of the grant award). Applications that require funds in excess of the grant amount must demonstrate proof or commitment for any funding needed in excess of the grant amount prior to the execution of grant agreement. If the selected applicant is not able to demonstrate proof of commitment for any funding needed in excess of the grant such that NJEDA and the selected applicant cannot execute a grant agreement in a timely manner, the Authority reserves the right to terminate the initial selection and award the grant to the next highest scorer.
  • Fifty percent of the grant to be disbursed upon the college’s presentation of a detailed implementation plan to NJEDA.
  • Twenty Five percent of the grant will be disbursed upon the launch of the certificate program, expected to be Q1 2023. To receive this final disbursement, the community college must provide sufficient evidence that at least 75 percent of the funding previously received from the first two disbursements was used to pay for eligible planning, soft launch, or capital costs incurred to date.

Evaluation Criteria/Scoring: Applications will be evaluated by an Evaluation Committee comprised of staff from NJEDA, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE), and the Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Other Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from NJ EDA may serve in an advisory role. The Evaluation Committee will evaluate, score and rank applications received based on four primary criteria: 1. Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver industry-recognized training, 2. Demonstrated ability to create career pathways for New Jerseyans, 3. Demonstrated ability to implement, and 4. Resources required, based on the information submitted in applications as set forth in application instructions, which will be posted on NJEDA’s website at https://www.njeda.com/wind-turbine-training/.

Note: The highest score possibility is 100 points. A minimum score of 80 points must be earned by responses to be considered as a Challenge winner.

Scoring criteria for each component of the evaluation is as follows:

1. No credit: No compelling plan and/or no evidence of ability to execute;

2. Partial credit: Moderately compelling plan and/or minimal evidence of ability to execute; and

3. Full credit: Compelling plan and ample evidence of ability to execute.

Applicants will have the opportunity to receive the points outlined below based on the following criteria:

Criteria 1 – Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver industry-recognized training (Up to 35 points)

  • Provides a detailed and realistic plan for building and delivering an offshore wind turbine technician training program that will be recognized by industry (Up to 15 points);
  • Has significant experience delivering best-in-class programs that equip students with the necessary skills needed to be successful in the industry (Up to 10 points);
  • Outlines a plan that demonstrates a strong understanding of what is required from the training to meet the needs of industry and strategies to engage with industry in the program development (Up to 5 points); and
  • Details a clear plan for securing qualified instructors that includes evidence of relevant experience securing instructors with specific skill sets for new programs (Up to 5 points).

Criteria 2 – Demonstrated ability to create career pathways for New Jerseyans (Up to 35 points)

  • Details a compelling approach for delivering a stackable credential, including a credit-bearing certificate and pathway to higher degree(s), with opportunities for hands-on learning (Up to 10 points);
  • Demonstrates an ability and plan for creating synergies between offshore wind programming and that of other clean energy sectors to broaden opportunities for students (Up to 3 points);
  • Details a convincing plan for driving equity, diversity and inclusion, including a diversity reporting strategy (Up to 10 points);
  • Details an effective plan to collaborate with labor union(s) to meet program goals (Up to 5 points); and
  • Details a realistic and sustainable plan for ensuring affordability for students (Up to 7 points).

Criteria 3 – Demonstrated ability to implement (Up to 15 points)

  • Details a realistic timetable with clear milestones and a convincing path to target launch of the certificate program by first quarter of 2023 (Up to 5 points);
  • Has requisite internal expertise assigned specifically to this project (Up to 5 points); and
  • Demonstrates capacity to provide requisite facilities to successfully meet program goals (Up to 5 points).

Criteria 4 – Resources required (Up to 15 points)

  • Grant funds requested (Up to 3 points – Application with the lowest amount of requested funds will be awarded 3 points; all other applications will be awarded a pro-rated number of points based on the percent difference from the lowest requested grant amount).
  • Defines a clear project budget and financing strategy for development and long-term sustainable operation of the program, including outlining costs to be covered by grant and defining funding sources for project costs that exceed the grant amount. Applications that require funding in excess of the grant must clearly demonstrate the applicant’s ability, including timing, to secure all necessary funding required to deliver the program and meet program goals. (Up to 12 points).

Application Process: Entities interested in applying for the program should visit the Authority’s website at https://www.njeda.com/wind-turbine-training/ to access the application instructions, application, information on submitting questions and any other application or reference materials.

 The NJEDA will post the application on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The deadline for applicants to submit questions is June 30, 2021. Applications will be accepted no later than Friday, July 23, 2021, at 5:00 PM.

Applicants should read the application instructions posted to the Authority’s webpage at https://www.njeda.com/wind-turbine-training/ for more information for further guidance on the process by which applications must be submitted for this program.

Because this is a competitive program, no applications will be reviewed until the deadline has passed and the Authority has collected all applications that have been submitted by the application deadline (Friday, July 23, 2021, 5:00 PM).

Fees: No application fee will be collected by the Authority for this program.

Additional Information: More information on the Wind Turbine Technician Training Grant Challenge may be found at https://www.njeda.com/wind-turbine-training/.

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21st Century Redevelopment Program

Notice of Funding Availability

The NJEDA will begin accepting applications beginning Monday, May 24, 2021, 9:00 AM. Applications will be accepted no later than Thursday, July 8, 2021, 5:00 PM.

Applicants should read the application instructions posted to the Authority’s webpage at https://www.njeda.com/21stcentury/ for more information.

Background

A number of demographic and economic trends are re-shaping where people in New Jersey live and work, with many suburbs experiencing an outmigration of jobs and population similar to those that cities have experienced previously. New Jersey now has a surplus of suburban retail and office parks.

Suburban offices and shopping malls boomed during the 1980s and 1990s, when the supply of cheap land and easy access to highways were a strong attraction. These properties are now over a quarter-century old and are outmoded and less desirable, and many are sitting empty or are underutilized. Most importantly, real estate markets have shifted, with corporations trying to attract a younger talent pool seeking locations either close to transit or with neighborhood amenities within walking distance. This urban centric trend is happening nationally, with GE moving from Fairfield, CT to Boston; McDonald’s moving from Oak Brook, IL to Chicago; and Weyerhaeuser moving to Pioneer Square in Seattle from a 430-acre campus outside the city. Many suburban municipalities that are car-based, have multiple or no town centers and are facing stagnation or even a population exodus.

Many of New Jersey’s suburban municipalities with no town centers (or multiple small “centers,”) that are car-dependent and largely made up of single-family detached homes, are at risk. These municipalities must strategically plan their land use to attract or keep young residents and employers.

A glut of corporate campuses, underutilized malls and shopping centers, and vacant office buildings left behind by the 1980-1990s building boom have become a drain on many New Jersey communities. As a result, these communities are dealing with the loss of tax revenues, the costs of maintaining infrastructure and roads around these properties, and a lack of resources to solve the issues. These challenges are compounded by the preferences of millennials and young people to live in walkable communities with vibrant mixed-use corridors.

Local government entities face hurdles planning the retrofitting, redevelopment, and repurposing of large stranded assets.

The growing need for newer, suburban municipalities to address challenges related to significant office and retail vacancy adds to the needs that have existed and, in some cases, continues to exist in older cities and suburbs. To allow New Jersey to better attract economic activity and jobs, the Authority intends to support municipalities, counties, or redevelopment agencies to produce plans that will explore strategies and next steps to repurpose these properties.

Overview

The 21st Century Redevelopment Program will provide grants of up to $50,000 each to eligible redevelopment agencies, municipalities, or counties to undertake planning efforts aimed at addressing the challenges of significant vacancies (for at least two consecutive years) of a building or buildings previously used for commercial or retail purposes, such as shopping malls or plazas, or office parks.

In addition to the $50,000 in grant funding, recipients will be offered technical support provided by the Division of Policy, Planning, and Research at NJEDA and the Office of Local Planning Services at New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. These services will be limited in scope depending upon Authority/Department resources and can be defined in coordination with a consultant or professional services firm following grant approval.

Applications must clearly identify how the municipality, county, or redevelopment authority intends to approach the planning project. The Authority is not limiting the grant funding to specific uses, but expects the grant would most likely be used to support any approach or combination of approaches as described below:

  • Legal analysis to explore the appropriateness of designating one or more relevant properties in the community as an area in need of redevelopment.
  • Determining cost-benefits of retrofitting, redeveloping or regreening the property or properties
  • Driving economic growth for the locality and region
  • Creating greater social, economic, and environmental sustainability
  • Expanding affordable and multi-family housing
  • Attracting employers and a diverse, talented workforce
  • Expanding entrepreneurial opportunities and support local businesses
  • Promoting walkable neighborhoods and improve accessibility and mobility
  • Connecting to public transportation
  • Improving livability and healthy outcomes for the local population
  • Stakeholder engagement and facilitation to identify community desires and needs.
  • The identification of appropriate funding sources to support community led re-use of one or more properties.
  • Cataloging relevant retail and office properties in a community and identifying priority sites when considering community needs.
  • Economic analysis relating to the feasibility of various redevelopment and/or reuse scenarios.
  • Land-use planning identifying the most suitable re-use scenarios.

Applications must also submit a timeline that demonstrates that the planning project can be completed within 6 months of execution of a grant agreement with the Authority. Once grant funding is awarded, the Authority may authorize a three-month extension to a grant recipient’s deadline for plan completion, upon written request, if the Authority deems the extension necessary.

Eligible Applicants

Only a New Jersey local or county government or redevelopment agency is eligible to submit an application for the 21st Century Redevelopment Challenge.

Eligible municipalities, counties, or redevelopment agencies are permitted to enter into a partnership for the purposes of submitting an application for a single planning project. In the case of such a partnership, the partnership must designate ONE lead municipality or county government who will have the following responsibilities:

  • Serve as the sole entity under whose name the application will be submitted.
  • Serve as the sole entity with whom the Authority would execute a grant agreement (in the event of an application approval).
  • Provide (directly or in coordination with other governmental partners) the twenty percent (20%) match (funding or in-kind resources).
  • Serve as the sole entity receiving disbursements from the Authority per the terms of the grant agreement and distributing the disbursements among partners, as necessary, to execute the planning project.
  • Serve as the sole entity responsible for meeting the deliverables of the contract.
  • While partnerships as described above are permitted, the Authority will NOT consider applications submitted by joint ventures or conditioned on the creation of a joint venture to perform the Work for this Application.

Applicants shall note that any and all reference to “joint venture(s)”, “joint venture partner(s) / “joint venture partnership(s)” in any documents included as a part of the Application specifications, exhibits or attachments shall be read as though the words are stricken and removed.

A municipality, county, or redevelopment agency 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. A proposal on behalf of a county or county redevelopment agency does not preclude a municipality within that county from submitting their own proposal.

Applicants that are approved for grant funding must agree to share ownership of deliverables with the Authority for the purpose of making results publicly available to foster a dynamic discussion about repurposing stranded assets and to assist other similarly situated municipalities. Approved applicants must also agree to participate in at least 2 events hosted by EDA to share lessons learned with other New Jersey municipalities and counties facing stranded assets challenges.

Eligible Properties

As part of the application, the municipality, county, or redevelopment agency must present a site or facility or collection of properties suffering from significant vacancies that will be the focus of the planning project. This may be a building, corporate campuses that were used by a single entity, buildings that are adjacent to each other, or buildings across a parking surface or structure that is dedicated for use by the buildings.

Property eligibility will be limited to sites that were previously used primarily for office or retail purposes.

Match Requirement

To be considered eligible for a contract award, applications must demonstrate ability to provide a twenty percent (20%) matching contribution of the total grant amount to be reinvested back into the planning project.

The twenty percent (20%) match can be in the form of a financial contribution, or a contribution of in-kind resources, or a combination, thereof. In-kind resources are defined as non-monetary resources that will add value and help advance the planning project.

As part of the required documentation to accompany an application, applicants must demonstrate the ability to provide either a twenty percent (20%) financial match or demonstrate that the in-kind resources that are being dedicated to the project have a value equivalent to twenty percent (20%) of the funding request. This could be in the form of hours dedicated to the planning project across proposed hourly rates, or the value of goods or services being provided to support the planning project.

Grant Disbursement

Grant disbursements will only be made to the Lead Municipality/County/Redevelopment Agency. The Lead Municipality/County/Redevelopment Agency shall be responsible for assuring the compliance of any municipal, county, or strategic partners with all terms and conditions of this application and assumes the sole and absolute responsibility for any payments due to any municipal, county, or strategic partners.

All Applicants who are successfully awarded 21st Century Redevelopment grants will follow a uniform disbursement schedule. The Lead Municipality/County/Redevelopment Agency will receive 50% of the grant amount, upon execution of grant agreement, 25% of the grant amount will be disbursed on or around the halfway point of the grant term upon EDA’s receipt and approval of a progress report, and 25 % to be disbursed upon completion and submission of final plan.

At a minimum, the progress report referenced above should include:

  • Summary of funds expended to date, and;
  • Narrative detailing milestones achieved and overall progress toward completion of final plan.

Evaluation Criteria / Scoring:

Applications will be evaluated by a cross-organizational Evaluation Committee composed of the Authority’s staff, management, and possibly other state agencies and/or industry Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) to evaluate, score and rank applications received in response to the Application, and the criteria established in this notice.

Applications will be evaluated & scored on the criteria listed below (# 1 – 7), based on the information submitted in applications as set forth in Application Instructions (Section VI – Technical Proposal)

It is the policy of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority that to be considered for award, a Proposer must achieve or exceed an overall score of sixty five (“65”) indicating a rating of “Good”, on a scale of 10-100 with 100 being the highest rating. The Authority shall be under no obligation to make an award to an applicant which does not achieve this minimum scoring threshold.

The point scale below will be assigned as follows for evaluation criteria 1:

0 points – Feature is absent.

1 – 7 points – Feature is present but shows deficiencies.

8-11 points – Meets requirements.

12-17 – points – Marginally exceeds requirements.

18-20 points – Significantly exceeds requirements.

Applications will be assigned points against the following criteria:

1. Identification of Project Purpose and Merits (Up to 20 points) – Proposals Identify opportunities for creating vibrancy in the community, including but not limited to:

  • Presence of an articulated public use component (such as public space, parks, etc).
  • Ability to address locality-specific needs and challenges.
  • Emphasis on long term viability and adaptability of a given concept.
  • Dedication to principles of environmental sustainability, such as stormwater management and reduced carbon emissions.
  • Ability to consider and mitigate any past difficulties that created challenges for a given asset/grouping of assets.
  • Ability to identify and balance local needs with those of the region and state as a whole.

The point scale below will be assigned as follows for evaluation criteria 2:

0 points – No effect on municipal area.

1 – 7 points – Minimal effect on municipal area.

8-12 points – Moderate effect on municipal area.

13-20 points – Significant effect on municipal area.

Applications will be assigned points against the following criteria:

2. Scope and Scale (Up to 20 points)- Preference will go to identified project areas that can display scope and scale, which will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Total available square footage on the site, including parking.
  • Size of the site relative to the greater municipal area (i.e. as a percentage).
  • Vacancy rate and/or length of time the site has been vacant.
  • Vacant commercial/office space of or within the site relative to all vacant space in the greater municipal area (i.e. as a percentage)
  • Historically site(s) responsible for providing an outsized portion of local employment opportunities in the community (i.e. as a percentage)
  • Historically significant portion of municipal tax levy (i.e. as percentage)

The point scale below will be assigned as follows for evaluation criteria 3:

1-5 points – Demonstrates minor structural challenge

6-12 points – Demonstrates 2 -3 structural challenges

13-20 points – Demonstrates more than 3 structural challenges

Applications will be assigned points against the following criteria:

3. Commitment to Social Impacts (Up to 20 points) – Preference will go to sites located in municipalities facing inherent structural challenges (i.e. lacking public transit, planning resources, challenging geography etc.).

The point scale below will be assigned as follows for evaluation criteria 4-6:

1-5 points- Feature is present but shows deficiencies

5-7 points – Meets requirements

7-10 points – Significantly exceeds requirements

Applications will be assigned points against the following criteria:

4. Previous Record (Up to 10 points) – Preference will go to municipalities who can demonstrate a track record of:

  • Partnership and engagement with private industry for purposes of re-development.
  • Adherence to the municipality’s affordable housing obligations
  • Dedication to principles of environmental sustainability.
  • Efforts to advance walkability and bike facilities in the municipality.

5. Presence and Strength of Regional Partnership (Up to 10 points)- Preference will go to entities who are able to display strong local leadership as well as regional collaboration towards re-development efforts. Applications should demonstrate a commitment by local leadership to engage in re-development projects with neighboring municipalities, the county, and/or higher-education institutions whether by a record of past project involvement or a commitment to future efforts, or both. Preference will be given to applications that include a local match from the property owner or an anchor institution (higher education, medical center, foundation, etc.).

6. Community Engagement (Up to 10 points) – Preference will go to communities that are able to display efforts to engage local residents and businesses in planning efforts. Local interest may be shown in the form of both past and present support, whether formal (municipal resolutions) or informal (community discussion and engagement).

The point scale below will be assigned as follows for evaluation criteria 7:

5 points – MRI Distress Score 30-39

7 Points – MRI Distress Score 40-49

10 Points – MRI Distress Score 50 or higher

Applications will be assigned points against the following criteria:

7. Municipal Revitalization Index Score (0 to 10 points) – The Municipal Revitalization Index (MRI) serves as the State’s official measure and ranking of municipal distress. The MRI ranks New Jersey’s municipalities according to eight separate indicators that measure diverse aspects of social, economic, physical, and fiscal conditions in each locality.

In the case of multiple municipalities on a single application, an application will receive the requisite number of points based on the ranking of the municipalities within the application, on a cumulative basis, but not to exceed a total of 10 for the category. For example, if an application includes three municipalities ranked between 25-50 on the MRI Index, the application will receive a score of “6” for the criterion. If the application includes two municipalities ranked in the top 1-5 on the MRI Index, the application will receive a score of “10” for the criterion. If a county or redevelopment agency is involved in an application in a lead role or as a partner, the application receives points based on all municipalities within that county that are part of the scope of the planning project.

Application Process:

Entities interested in applying for the program should visit the Authority’s website at https://www.njeda.com/21stcentury/ to access the application instructions, application, and any other application or reference materials.

The NJEDA will begin accepting applications beginning Monday, May 24, 2021, 9:00 AM. Applications will be accepted no later than Thursday, July 8, 2021, 5:00 PM.

Applicants should read the application instructions posted to the Authority’s webpage for further guidance on the process by which applications must be submitted for this program.

Because this is a competitive program, no applications will be reviewed until the deadline has passed and the Authority has collected all applications that have been submitted by the application deadline (Thursday, July 8, 2021, 5:00 PM).

Fees

No application fee will be collected by the Authority for this program.

Additional Information

Additional information on the 21st Century Redevelopment Program may be found at www.njeda.com/21stcentury

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OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (OPRA)

Here you’ll find the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s official OPRA Request for Information form, materials regarding the OPRA process, as well as a schedule of fees. 

If you are interested in obtaining a user-friendly copy of the original OPRA legislation, as well as information on the OPRA appeals process, and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit New Jersey’s Government Records Council, the central organization that oversees the workings of the OPRA process throughout State government.

OPRA contact information at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority:

New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Attn: Custodian of Public Records
PO Box 990
Trenton, NJ 08625-0990
Phone (973) 855-3452
Fax: (973) 622-1576
E-mail: opra@njeda.com

ANNUAL REPORTS


2019

Click here for the NJEDA 2019 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statement

2018
Click here for the NJEDA 2018 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statements

2017
Click here for the NJEDA 2017 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statements

2016
Click here for the NJEDA 2016 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Audited Financial Statements

2015
Click here for the NJEDA 2015 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2014
Click here for the NJEDA 2014 Annual Report
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NJEDA Projects

2013
Click here for the NJEDA 2013 Annual Report
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NJEDA Projects

2012
Click here for the NJEDA 2012 Annual Report
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NJEDA Projects

2011
Click here for the NJEDA 2011 Annual Report
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NJEDA Projects

2010
Click here for the NJEDA 2010 Annual Report 
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NJEDA Projects

2009
Click here for the NJEDA 2009 Annual Report
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NJEDA Projects

2008
Click here for the NJEDA 2008 Annual Report
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NJEDA Projects

2007
Click here for the NJEDA 2007 Annual Report
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NJEDA  Projects

2006
Click here for the NJEDA 2006 Annual Report
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NJEDA  Projects

2018 
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2013
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2012
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2011
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2010
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2009
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2008
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offer assistance to municipalities, businesses, developers and community groups at various stages of the brownfield restoration process, from planning to cleanup and redevelopment.

The Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) has been an integral component of this assistance since 1993; helping to transform underutilized and contaminated sites into environmentally sound, productive properties. This is particularly important in the redevelopment of older urban areas so vital to achieving the smart growth objectives of the State’s Master Plan.

The NJEDA and the DEP, which jointly administer the program, are pleased to report the results of activities for calendar year 2008 under the HDSRF in accordance with N.J.S 58:10B-6. Click here to view.

2018 and 2019

Click here to view the HDSRF report

2013
Click here to view the HDSRF report

2012
Click here to view the HDSRF report.

2011
Click here to view the HDSRF report.

2010
Click here to view the HDSRF report.

2009
Click here to view the HDSRF report.

For more recent BEIP Annual Reports, please see the NJEDA Annual Reports. Moving forward, BEIP Annual Reports are included as an appendix on the NJEDA Annual Report.

2013
Click here for the FY2013 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2012
Click here for the FY2012 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2011
Click here for the FY2011 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2010
Click here for the FY2010 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2009
Click here for the FY2009 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2008
Click here for the FY2008 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2007
Click here for the FY2007 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2006
Click here for the FY2006 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

2005
Click here for the FY2005 BEIP Annual Report and Exhibits.

For more recent BRRAG Annual Reports, please see the NJEDA Annual Reports. Moving forward, BRRAG Annual Reports are included as an appendix on the NJEDA Annual Report.

2013
Click here for the FY2013 BRRAG Annual Report.

2012
Click here for the FY2012 BRRAG Annual Report.

2011
Click here for the FY2011 BRRAG Annual Report.

2010
Click here for the FY2010 BRRAG Annual Report.

2009
Click here for the FY2009 BRRAG Annual Report.

2008
Click here for the FY2008 BRRAG Annual Report.

ACTIVITY & OTHER REPORTS



If you are a Phase 3 applicant and wish to check your application status, please log into your account using one of the links below and locate your application(s) status under “Status Reason”.

English – https://njeda.powerappsportals.us/en-US/Covid-Grant3-List/

Spanish – https://njeda.powerappsportals.us/es-ES/Covid-Grant3-List/

Comprehensive information about New Jersey’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak is available here: https://cv.business.nj.gov.

Click here for Financially Assisted Projects with Construction Activity Report

Completed and Certified Incentive Projects

The Completed and Certified Incentive Project report is a compilation of all projects approved under the Grow New Jersey Assistance (Grow NJ), Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) and Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit programs that have certified completion and received tax credits or reimbursements to date.  

Click here to view the Completed and Certified Incentive Project report.

Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program

Click here for a list of all projects approved under the Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program

Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP)

Click here for a list of all executed BEIP grants (alphabetically)

Economic Redevelopment and Growth Program (ERG)

Click here for a list of all approved ERG projects under the N.J. Economic Opportunity Act of 2013

Click here for a list of all approved Legacy ERG projects.

Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant Program (BRRAG)

Click here for a list of all executed BRRAG grants (by date).

Grow New Jersey Assistance Program

Click here for a list of approved Grow NJ projects since the enactment of the N.J. Economic Opportunity Act of 2013.

Click here for a list of approved Legacy Grow NJ projects (prior to enactment of NJ Economic Opportunity Act of 2013

Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Program

Click here for a list of approved Urban Transit Hub projects (by date).

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