Eligible applicants include any storm-impacted New Jersey municipality with one or more established traditional business districts. Projects located in one of the nine most impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union) will receive priority consideration. Funds may be provided during the design and construction of a project or upon project completion. Federal environmental and historical reviews will be required. All funds requested for a project must be applied for at the same time; partial funding requests are prohibited.
To be eligible, projects must be targeted within a commercial, neighborhood retail or mixed-use district. Projects also should result in a public benefit to the municipality.
Awarded funds must be used by December 31, 2015. The eligible uses of funds include:
- Building facade and building enhancement/revitalization efforts;
- Streetscape enhancement/revitalization efforts; and,
- District wayfinding and image enhancements/revitalization efforts.
Projects applying for assistance under this program must meet the following criteria:
- Projects located in one of the nine most impacted counties must demonstrate that either: 1) they are contributing to the revitalization of an area damaged by Superstorm Sandy, or 2) they have themselves been damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
- Projects located outside of the nine most impacted counties must demonstrate that it has been physically damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
- Project must meet one of the following Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) National Objectives: Low and Moderate Income (LMI)* Employment Creation; LMI* Area Benefit where the area is primarily resedential; Slum and Blight Reduction*; and Urgent Need.
* “LMI” refers to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of low and moderate incomes based upon median incomes by census tract; “Slum” and “Blight” refers to Areas in Need of Redevelopment or Rehabilitation, as defined by the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1, et seq. and other conditions such as vacant property.
- The project must provide revitalization to buildings or infrastructure in the project area.
- The project must show the ability to disburse the awarded funding to the subrecipient’s contractors/subcontractors for the project by December 31, 2015.