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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

If you need language assistance, please send NJEDA your name, spoken language and telephone number to languagehelp@njeda.com.

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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

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

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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

Click here for a PDF

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

2013
Click here for the NJEDA 2013 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2012
Click here for the NJEDA 2012 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2011
Click here for the NJEDA 2011 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2010
Click here for the NJEDA 2010 Annual Report 
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2009
Click here for the NJEDA 2009 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements and Projects)
NJEDA Projects

2008
Click here for the NJEDA 2008 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements)
NJEDA Projects

2007
Click here for the NJEDA 2007 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements)
NJEDA  Projects

2006
Click here for the NJEDA 2006 Annual Report
Click here for the NJEDA Comprehensive Annual Report (Includes Audited Financial Statements)
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
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report

2009
Click here for the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Annual Report 

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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