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August 26, 2014:
RE: 2015 ShapingNJ Healthy Community Grants Announcement

The NJ Department of Health will be releasing a Request for Applications for the 2015 ShapingNJ Healthy Community Grants on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the 5th Leaders' Academy for Healthy Community Development, a bi-annual event co-sponsored by the NJ Department of Health with the NJ Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.  Held at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center in Hamilton, this event will feature expert speakers, highlight success stories from recent grantees and also serve as the bidders conference for this new funding opportunity.

The ShapingNJ Healthy Community Grants initiative funds communities with small grants (approximately $10,000) for policy and environmental work at the local level - to improve access to healthy food and increase opportunities for routine, daily physical activity and thus, prevent/reduce obesity. To see some of the current efforts taking place throughout NJ, go to

Eligible applicants may include New Jersey public and private nonprofit entities such as municipalities, parks and recreation programs, schools/districts, local health departments, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, YW-YMCA’s and other community based organizations capable of carrying out the work.

Although community teams are not required to attend the 5th Leaders’ Academy for Healthy Community Development skill building workshop on October 24, 2014, additional points will be awarded on the application for attendance (at least three members must be in attendance to be awarded additional points). Community teams may include local health departments, policy and decision making agencies, private voluntary agencies, local advocates, faith based-organizations and other community stakeholders.

If you meet the criteria above and would like to attend on October 24, 2014, please RSVP to Pamela Howard at (609) 292-2209 or electronically to including all names of team members and contact information (email, organization, phone number). If you have any questions, please contact Karin Mille at or Janet Heroux at

August 14, 2014:
RE: Free Webinar: Trends in Grant Awards - Which Organizations Win Over $100,000 in Grant Awards

GrantStation is offering a free webinar on August 26th, Trends in Grant Awards - Which Organizations Win Over $100,000 in Grant Awards, that will identify characteristics, demographics, and techniques to increase funding for organizations. The free webinar link is: is an online funding resource providing a database of available grant opportunities and tutorials available for purchase. NJLM members may purchase through NJLM to receive an annual subscription at over 85% off the regular purchase price. Click here for more details.

GrantStation is also asking for help with their fall survey. The results of which will help them stay on top of trends. The State of Grantseeking reports spotlight recent developments in funding so that organizations can be more strategic in their grantseeking. The free survey results, which will be published in late October, can serve as benchmarks for organizations to compare their grantseeking efforts with those of other, comparable organizations. You can click here to see past reports.
If you would like to participate in this survey you may complete it by clicking here.


August 11, 2014:
RE: Division of Aging Services request for proposals to support and deliver Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - DEADLINE CORRECTED

The Division of Aging Services (DoAS) is soliciting request for proposals (RFP) to support and deliver Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. The purpose of the grant program is to strengthen the infrastructure for statewide delivery of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, referred to in New Jersey as "Take Control of Your Health", for adults with disabilities and/or chronic conditions, or their caregivers, in both English and Spanish and to strengthen the infrastructure of the Diabetes Self-Management Program. Grant program funds may not be used for any other chronic disease or self-management program.

Four grant types are available ranging from $12,000 - $25,000.  Agencies may apply for only one grant. The grant project period will be October 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015.  Important information on applying for and implementing each grant type is detailed in the Request for Proposals.  The Public Notice of this funding opportunity can be found on the Department of Human Services website at:

We strongly encourage all interested providers to submit a non-binding Letter of Interest by 3:00 PM Friday, August 15, 2014.  This will give you additional time to consider taking on this initiative and, if interested, to submit an application on the SAGE system by the September 5th submission deadline.  The letter of interest must include the following; name of the agency, address of the agency (including municipality and zip code), agency's telephone number, agency's tax ID number, name of the person who will be entering the grant application on-line, email address of the person completing the grant application, and a statement indicating whether the agency is registered on the State's System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE).  Letters must be emailed to and copied to  Letters of Interest may also be faxed to (609) 588-7630.  

There will be a Technical Assistance Conference Call / Go-to-Training Webinar on Monday, August 18th from 10:00 - 11:30 AM to review the grant requirements.  Each applicant agency is encouraged to participate.  Please email Andrea Brandsness ( to register for the call.  She will provide you with the link, dial-in number and codes to participate.

All proposals for this funding must be submitted through the state's SAGE online system.  Paper submissions will not be considered.


July 24, 2014:
RE: Grant Seminar Series Helps Municipal Officials Find Funding to Meet Their Needs

Have budget cuts forced your town to stop providing some recreation programs or meet other community needs? Does the governing body need to make the hard choice of not replacing the fire truck or repairing Main Street? Do not despair. There are other avenues in which a municipality can still provide these and other services that they need without sacrificing essential services. One of these avenues is grant funding. The New Jersey League of Municipalities is presenting two programs this October aimed at aiding Municipalities in finding and applying for Grants.

  1. The first of these programs will be a webinar held on October 16, 2014 titled “How to Find Grants That Meet Your Municipalities Needs.” This 60 minute webinar will teach municipal officials how to navigate the web to find right source of funding for their needs.

  2. The second of these programs is an in-person seminar held on October 29, at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe Township titled Taking the Mystery Out of Applying for Grants.” This hands on program will teach municipal officials to understand the broader concept of grants as well as the process to construct a high quality grant application.

Both of these programs will be led by Tammy Wetzel from Triad Associates and Continuing Education Credits (CEUS) are available for both of these programs.

For more information on each of these programs including pricing and CEU’s please visit our calendar page at


July 2, 2014:
RE: Enhancements to Juvenile Drug Courts

Up to $500,000 over a period of three years is available. Deadline July 23, 2014. For more information click here.


May 30, 2014:
RE: Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties

The Christie Administration announced that Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties are now available to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of Sandy-damaged historic properties. Approximately $8 million in federal funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service for Sandy-impacted properties that are either listed in the National Register of Historic Places or identified as eligible for this listing.

This program will fund up to $500,000 to repair historic and archaeological resources that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  All repairs must be completed consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Expressions of Interest are being accepted until June 30, 2014.  Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations, county or municipal government entities, and places of public accommodation.
For more information, program guidelines, and to submit an expression of interest for the Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties, visit

For further information, call 609-984-5516 or email

Read the complete news announcement here.


May 15, 2014:
RE: FEMA funding available: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced $112 million in funding available through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM).  These programs are available to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in strengthening the nation’s ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and citizens.

Funding is provided for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen the ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The FY 2014 Flood Mitigation Assistance grants will continue to focus on reducing or eliminating claims under the NFIP with a focus on mitigation planning and the mitigation of severe repetitive loss properties.

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations. The FY 2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants will continue to focus on implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program and provide the grant funding set aside as required in the Stafford Act to states and tribes to support overall mitigation planning and projects.

Announcements for both funding opportunities can be found at Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at

Submission Deadline: June 16, 2014

Please contact the Mitigation Unit at (609) 963-6900 extension 6208 or with questions.


May 8, 2014:
RE: 2014 Green Acres Preservation Program Funding Announced

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has initiated a new $100 million round of Green Acres Program funding for open space and recreation projects, and is accepting applications from municipalities, counties and nonprofit groups.

This funding is in addition to $300 million in federal dollars allocated to the Blue Acres Program (under the Green Acres Program umbrella) committed to the post-Superstorm Sandy buyouts of homes and properties in flood prone areas.

The deadline for applications is July 31.

Click to view: Local government application or Non-profit application.

Green Acres will evaluate the applications and prepare a recommended list of awards for presentation to the Garden State Preservation Trust for approval. That list and the funding request then would be presented to the Legislature for its consent.
At the same time, the DEP's Green Acres team continues to process several hundreds of applications through its Blue Acres Program from residents in numerous communities that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy, and who want to get out of harm's way during future storms.   

For the DEP’s full News Release visit


May 7, 2014:
RE: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Funding Opportunities

Biological and Chemical Upgrading for Advanced Biofuels and Products: Funding for the development, improvement and demonstration of integrated biological or chemical upgrading technology for the production of substitutes for petroleum‐based feedstocks, products and fuels.  Awards will range from $1million to $3.5 million.
Concept papers due May 1, 2014.  Full applications due June 13, 2014.

$15 Million to Help Communities Boost Solar Deployment: Funding to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses. News release.
Concept papers due May 28, 2014.  Full applications due July 3, 2014.

Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Support Hydropower: Funding to support the application of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in developing next-generation hydropower technologies.
Concept papers due May 9, 2014.  Full applications due June 24, 2014.

Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations: Funding for the research and development of investments in technology approaches and solutions that are not currently represented in the Wind Program’s existing project portfolio. This funding opportunity encompasses applications for any and all ideas that have a significant potential to advance the mission of the Wind Program.
Concept papers due April 28, 2014.  Full applications due May 30, 2014.

Marine and Hydrokinetic Research and Development University Consortium: Funding to advance MHK technology in the U.S. in the following strategic opportunity areas: Device and/or array operation and maintenance logistics development; High-fidelity resource characterization and/or modeling technique development and validation; Distributed application device development and techno-economic studies; Array-specific component technology development; Array performance testing and evaluation; Novel cost-effective environmental monitoring techniques and instrumentation testing and evaluation.
Full applications due May 30, 2014.

Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain: Funding to improve the physical understanding of atmospheric processes which directly impact the wind industry forecasts and incorporate the new understanding into the foundational weather forecasting models.  One award of $2.5 million will be made.
Concept papers due May 5, 2014.  Full applications due June 5, 2014.

Competitive Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Demonstrations at the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site (WETS): Funding to support test prototypes designed to generate renewable electricity from ocean waves. News release.
Full applications due June, 11 2014.

Zero Emission Cargo Transport Demonstration: Goals for awards resulting from this funding include demonstrating reductions of petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions and criteria pollutant and toxics emissions.  Other goals include evaluating the market viability of cargo ETT and collecting detailed information to analyze the benefits and viability of this freight transportation approach for this and other nonattainment areas.
Full applications due June, 11 2014.


April 29, 2014:
RE: NJ Department of Transportation Grants Deadlines Extended

The NJ Department of Transportation's 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives Programs (TAP) grant deadlines have been extended to June 30.


April 25, 2014
RE: National Historical Publications & Records Commission Grant Opportunities

The National Archives has several open grant opportunities posted on their website at Final deadlines vary between August 27 and December 4, visit the National Historical Publications & Records Commission's webpage for more information.

Access to Historical Records (8/27)
Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections (12/4)
Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records (12/4)
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions (8/27 & 12/4)


April 21, 2014
RE: DEP Grant Program Announced - Public Access Plans for Beaches and Other Tidal Waters

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the availability of grants of up to $25,000 to assist municipalities with developing plans that would improve the public’s enjoyment of New Jersey’s beaches, bays and tidal waterways, and to make public access points and related facilities more storm-resilient. Visit

Deadline: June 6


April 11, 2014:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a Countering Violent Extremism and Preparedness Grant Programs Fact Sheet intended to inform state, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders of the relevant grant guidance that pertains to Countering Violent Extremism and preparedness -related efforts, and the process through which they can apply for these resources. Deadline: May 23, 2014


April 4, 2014:
The NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety
offers federal grant funding to agencies on an annual basis. Municipal, county, state and law enforcement agencies, as well as non-profit organizations that wish to undertake programs designed to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities on roads are encouraged to apply for NJDHTS grant funding to address specific, local traffic safety issues. Deadline: April 30, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and the Transportation Alternatives Programs (TAP). Deadline: May 15, 2014:

The PeopleForBikes foundation accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. The online application for the 2014 fall grant cycle opens June 16, and letter of interest is due August 1, 2014.


December 17, 2013:
RE: Federal Funding and Technical Assistance Available for Local Governments

EPA grant opportunities

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD
Application Due: Varies by program year; next two due dates are December 13, 2013 and March 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.
For more information, see the opportunity synopsis

The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities’ Local Sustainability Matching Fund – Grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 each
Application Due: January 8, 2014
Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners who are: (1) the sustainability director of a municipality or a county and (2) the local, place-based foundation.

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities announced the opening of Round Four of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The fund provides matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement.
 For more information, visit funding opportunity webpage (

The Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Program – $4 million
Application Due: January 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments, federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations, and non-profits who are eligible to hold title to land for conservation purposes.

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Community forests provide many benefits such as protection of habitat, water quality, and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.
 For more information, visit the opportunity synopsis (

NFWF 2013 Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program – $100 million
Application Due: January 31, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments and agencies, recognized tribes, state government agencies, non-profit 501(c) organizations, and academic institutions.

Marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of the Interior launched the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will use competitive grants to award funding for science-based solutions by states, local communities, non-profit organizations, and other partners to help restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling these areas to withstand the impacts and better protect local communities from future storms.
 For more information, visit the program webpage (

Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program 2014 Request for Proposals – $1.8 million
Application Due: February 5, 2014
Eligible Entities: Any public or private entity. Preference is shown to organizations directly connected to the local community who can monitor and sustain these projects for 5 years or more.

The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E are seeking applications for the Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program. The Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support. Project ideas include urban forest restoration and green infrastructure.
 For more information, see the grant webpage (

Georgetown University Energy Prize –$5 million
Letters of Intent Due: February 2014
Eligible Entities: For this competition, a “community” is defined geographically by the limits of a municipality – a town, city, or county that has corporate status and local government. All small to medium municipalities in the U.S.A. with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to apply.

The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a competition in which communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable, and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. Participating communities will be asked to develop a long-term energy efficiency plan and to demonstrate initial effectiveness and sustainability over a two-year period. Participating communities will benefit from access to various resources and the winning community will receive $5 million, which will help to support their continuing community-based energy efficiency efforts. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent ( as soon as possible.

For more information, visit the energy prize website (


November 12, 2013:
RE: Applications for 1772 Foundation Capital Preservation Grants Available

In 2014, the 1772 Foundation, in cooperation with the New Jersey Historic Trust, is offering Capital Preservation Grants, up to $15,000, available to nonprofit organizations for repair and restoration projects.  The grants require a one-to-one match from the grant recipient.  Eligible activities include:  exterior painting, finishes and surface restoration; installation or upgrade of fire detection, lightning protection and security systems; porch, roof and window repair/restoration; structural foundation and sill repair/replacement; and chimney and masonry repointing.  Eligible applicants must have a 501(c)3 IRS designation.  Schools and religious congregations are not eligible to apply.

View the 2014 grant announcement for full details

You may also access the application form by clicking here.

Applications are due April 1, 2014.  Applications should be submitted to and use "1772 Foundation" in the subject line.  Call the Historic Trust staff at 609-984-0473 for more information.

November 1, 2013:

9:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
Room 421 – Atlantic City Convention Center

Weigh in and discuss the most critical funding issues in your municipality, leaders from around the State will talk about solutions on where and how to secure grant funds; including disaster recovery funds.  The panel will also devote a portion of the discussion to prioritizing the most pressing municipal funding needs so that an ongoing action agenda can be created. 

For the full listing of conference sessions and more information on NJLM's 98th Conference, click here.


November 1, 2013:
RE: 2013 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program
Sustainable Jersey has announced the availability of funding through the 2013 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program.  These small grants are intended to support New Jersey municipalities participating in the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program to institute greening and sustainability initiatives within their communities and better the quality of life for their residents. These are sustainability projects that will serve as practical models for the rest of State while making measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. Grants will be awarded to both certified and registered communities to fund worthy projects.

Deadline: January 26, 2014

September 24, 2013:
RE: Getting Started Preparing Your ARC Proposal Early

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a list to help applicants start preparing their proposals for the Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grant competitions now, as many potential applicants find that it is difficult to prepare in the approximately 60 days between the RFP published and the proposal due date.

The RFP is expected to be available in early fall. In the meantime visit for tips on starting your proposal now.

September 12, 2013:
RE: The Division of Aging Services (DoAS) is soliciting request for proposals (RFP) to support and deliver Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

The purpose of the grant program is to strengthen the infrastructure for statewide delivery of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, referred to in New Jersey as “Take Control of Your Health”, for adults with disabilities and/or chronic conditions, or their caregivers, in both English and Spanish and to strengthen the infrastructure of the Diabetes Self-Management Program. Grant program funds may not be used for any other chronic disease or self-management program.

Within this initiative, it is anticipated that up to twenty-six (26) awards, ranging from $12,000 to $25,000 based on four Scope of Service levels, will be available. Agencies may apply for only one grant. The grant project period will be November 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014.

Letters of Interest cannot be faxed and will be accepted by email only to and copy to  Letters are due by September 20, 2013 at 3 PM.

The letter of interest must include the name of the agency, the address of the agency (including municipality and zip code), the agency’s telephone number, Agency’s tax ID number, the name of the person who will be entering the grant application on-line, the email address of the person completing the grant application and a statement indicating whether the agency is registered on the State’s System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE).

For more information:


August 29, 2013:
RE: USEPA Brownfields Program Grant Writing Workshops

The following is an announcement by the USEPA Brownfields Program that it will be holding grant writing workshops for FY 14 guidelines on September 3 (Edison), 4 (Mantua) and 10 (Totowa):

The workshops are designed to assist local government and nonprofit organizations to better understand the proposal criteria and selection process for USEPA’s Brownfields assessment, cleanup, and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grants.
Topics that will be covered at the workshops include:

  • The different USEPA Brownfield grant types and candidates eligible to apply;
  • The grant application and the threshold and ranking criteria; and
  • Proposal tips and strategies.

Additional information on the grants can be found at the EPA Brownfields grant webpage:


August 27, 2013:

The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families living in low-income neighborhoods in Delaware, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania. The Foundation offers the following two grant programs:

Neighborhood Planning Grantsof $25,000 to $100,000 support intensive 12 to 24 month resident-driven neighborhood planning processes. The application deadline for this program is September 6, 2013.

Neighborhood Implementation Grants of $100,000 to $750,000 over three to five years support comprehensive community development projects that target specific neighborhoods. The application deadline for this program is October 25, 2013.

Visit the Wells Fargo website to learn more about both grant programs and to take the eligibility quiz.


July 15, 2013:

RE: Application Period for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) and Homeowner Resettlement Programs Closing August 1


The Christie Administration announced today that Sandy-impacted homeowners have until August 1, 2013 to apply for the Homeowner Resettlement and Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Programs. After August 1, applications will no longer be accepted for the two grant programs. Eligible homeowners can apply for grant assistance online at, by phone at 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946), or in person at any one of the Housing Recovery Centers open in each of the nine counties most affected by Superstorm Sandy.


The initial application period for the grant programs ended on June 30, 2013, with 15,444 applications submitted for the Resettlement Program, which provides a $10,000 grant to encourage Sandy-impacted homeowners to remain in or return to their primary residence, and 12,255 applications submitted for the RREM Program, which provides up to $150,000 for homeowners to repair, elevate or rebuild their primary residences.


Starting July 8, all homeowners who applied for the Resettlement Program and/or the RREM Program by June 30th were notified of the status of their grant application. The letters they received informed them either that they have been selected to receive a grant award, they did not meet the eligibility requirements, or they have been wait-listed pending an additional federal funding allocation.


Applications received after June 30th will be considered after all the applications from the initial application period have been processed, including those that were placed on the wait list. An announcement on future allocations of CDBG Disaster Recovery funding is expected this fall by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


July 12, 2013:

RE: New Jersey Green Infrastructure Forum


Rutgers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are holding a conference about funding opportunities, innovative practices and success stories related to green infrastructure in New Jersey on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.


Continuing Education Credits are available for Public Works Managers, Financial Officers, Municipal Clerks and Qualified Purchasing Agents!  See the forum agenda for credit hour details.


For more information and to register, visit


June 24, 2013:

RE: Registration open for Rutger's & EPA's New Jersey Green Infrastructure Forum

REGISTRATION is now open!

Secure your spot for this conference about funding opportunities,

innovative practices and success stories related to green infrastructure in New Jersey.

The conference will be on

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ

For more information and for a conference agenda, go to


June 19, 2013:

RE: Post Sanding Planning Assistance Grants Available             

Pre-application information session on June 26 with Registration Deadline of  June 24 

The DCA has announced the $5 million allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds for the Post Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program to further help the revitalization of Superstorm Sandy-impacted communities. This grant program is available only for counties and municipalities in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union to support long range planning for community redevelopment in municipalities and counties sustaining damage from Superstorm Sandy. 

The purpose of the grants is to assist local governments address conditions that were created or exacerbated by Superstorm Sandy, identify approaches to rebuilding that will be more resistant to damage from future storm events, and encourage sustainable economic growth. The program, which is administered by the DCA's Office of Local Planning Services (LPS), includes the following nine grant opportunities: 

1.           Strategic Recovery Planning Report (maximum grant award of $30,000)

2.           Preparation of Request for Proposal (maximum grant award of $5,000)

3.           Municipal Land Use Law Comprehensive Plans; Reexamination Reports; Plan Elements; Community Resiliency Plans; and Master Plan Re-examination Reports (maximum Grant Award: $50,000)

4.           Community Development and Neighborhood Plans (maximum Grant Award: $50,000)

5.           Permit and Application Process Quality Improvement (maximum Grant Award: $25,000)

6.           Design Standards (maximum Grant Award: $50,000)

7.           Capital Improvement Plans (maximum Grant Award: $30,000)

8.           Urban and Suburban Environmental Design (maximum Grant Award: $50,000)

9.           Development of codes, ordinances, standards and regulations (maximum Grant Award: $20,000) 

The activities listed above do not constitute all the activities that may be funded with Post Sandy Assistance Grants. Eligible applicants may apply for projects that are not listed above if the project activities satisfy the purposes of the program and the applicant has an approved Strategic Recovery Planning Report.  

All applicants must complete a practical Strategic Recovery Planning Report before applying for other the eight grant opportunities.  If you do not have a Strategic Recovery Planning Report you should apply for a grant to create a Strategic Recovery Planning Report before applying for other grant activities.  Local government entities may file joint applications when planning grant activities are regional in nature.  

The program description and guidelines are available at

The grant application is available at 

While there is no deadline for grant submissions, there are some important deadlines to keep in mind.  Applicants are asked to submit a non-binding notice of intent to apply before June 19th.  There will be a pre-application information session at 2:00 p.m. on June 26 at the DCA office in Trenton.  The registration deadline to attend the session is June 24.

If you have any questions or need additional information please do not hesitate to contact Lori Buckelew at or 609-695-3481 x112.


June 10, 2013:

RE: Web-Based Tool for Hurricane Sandy FEMA Grants

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based tool for FEMA grant funding related to Hurricane Sandy. will be your one stop shop for all information for Hurricane Sandy (DR 4086) related FEMA Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation (HM) Grant Programs. Ultimately, this disaster management tool will be used to support open disasters, as well as future declarations.

In order to gain access to this tool, all PA and HMGP applicants are required to complete and return the attached "NJEMGrants" Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). To facilitate this process and expedite the reimbursement of recovery dollars to eligible applicants, please disseminate the attached MOU and the attached announcement to your respective applicants, at either the county or municipal level.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Recovery Bureau at (609) 882-2000 extension 2948 or e-mail

The NJOEM will be holding an overview of this disaster management tool this coming Wednesday, June 12th at 1:00 pm at the ROIC.


May 30, 2013:

RE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Northeast Diesel Collaborative Webinars

The EPA is holding two webinars in June to discuss the Northeast Diesel Collaborative and funding opportunities for Clean Diesel Projects.

The first webinar on June 4 at 10 am EST (Northeast Diesel Collaborative Webinar - Day 1) will give an overview of the NEDC and its sector working groups will be presented, in addition to a SmartWay presentation by a freight industry member.  To join this meeting visit
              Conference Number(s): 866-299-3188
              Participant Code: 2126373745

The second webinar on June 11 at 10 am EST (Northeast Diesel Collaborative Webinar - Day 2) will discuss funding opportunities for Clean Diesel projects, in addition to an overview of the DOE's Clean Cities coalitions.  To join this meeting visit
              Conference Number(s): 866-299-3188

    Participant Code: 2126373745

May 22, 2013:

RE: National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Funding Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of up to $9 million through the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program (DERA) for Fiscal Year 2013 for new projects to reduce emissions from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.

States, tribes, local governments, and non-profits are eligible to apply for DERA grants. Projects can reduce air pollution from older school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and other diesel engines. The projects will help achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution reduced and reductions in diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in poor air quality areas.

You can find information on the 2013 DERA Request for Proposals and other documents by visiting

The closing date for receipt of proposals is June 25, 2013.



May 21, 2013:

RE: Tuesday Tweet Chats for Grants Professionals

The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) holds a weekly Tweet Chat for grant professionals.  For topics and dates on this free program visit



May 13, 2013:

RE: Stronger NJ Business Grant Program

The State of NJ is bringing online a program entitled the Stronger NJ Business

grant program.

Applicant for the grant must meet strict criteria -in brief

Under the Stronger NJ Business Grant program, entities must meet ALL of the

following eligibility criteria:

• The entity must have been in existence on the date of Superstorm Sandy


• The entity must have at least one impacted location within the State of New


• The entity must have sustained at least $5,000 in physical damages from

Superstorm Sandy, which may include damage to non-perishable/ nonconsumable

inventory and damage to real property.

• The entity must be considered a "small business" as defined by the U.S. Small

Business Administration (SBA), and have more than $25,000 but less than $5

million in gross operating revenues.

• The entity must have applied to and received a declination or approval for an

SBA disaster loan if the SBA disaster loan program has not lapsed (as of April

2013, the SBA deadline for Physical Damage loans is May 1, 2013 and the SBA

deadline for Economic Injury loans is July 31, 2013). Specifically, if an entity

seeks a grant through the NJEDA for expenses that may be covered under the

SBA's Economic Injury disaster loan program, such as expenses relating to

working capital for salaries, the applicant must apply to the SBA for an

Economic Injury disaster loan before the applicant can submit an application.

Application Overview PDF

Grant Program FAQ PDF

Application Instructions PDF



May 1, 2013:

RE: NJDEP's Municipal Public Access Planning Grant Program

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning would like to remind you that a Request for Proposals (RfP) for a Municipal Public Access Planning Grant Program has been posted on the Department’s Public Access website. Proposals for Municipal Public Access Planning Grants must be submitted to the Department no later than May 15, 2013.

View the RFP at:

If you would like more information on the MPAP Grant Program, or would like the DEP's assistance in developing a Municipal Public Access Plan for your municipality, please contact the Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning at 609-292-4612 or


April 26, 2013:

RE: U.S. Department of Justice Announces Open Application Period for COPS Grants

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced today that both the COPS Hiring Program and the COPS Community Policing Development programs are open and accepting applications.

COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

The application period for the 2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) is now open. Applications for this year’s CHP solicitation must be completed and submitted by 7:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in order to receive consideration. CHP is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies having primary law enforcement authority for the hiring or re-hiring of additional officers to impact their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Under Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 CHP, awardees may receive up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level officer salary and fringe benefit costs, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer position over a three-year grant period. Grant funds may be used to hire new, full-time sworn officer positions, to re-hire officers who have been laid off, or to re-hire officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a specific future date as a result of local budget cuts. As in the past, CHP requires that each position awarded be retained with local funds for a minimum of 12 months at the conclusion of 36 months of federal funding for each position. Priority consideration will be given to agencies that use their CHP funding to hire either school resource officers or military veterans and those targeting to reduce homicide.

FY2013 CHP funding is limited, and all awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law. For detailed information on CHP program requirements, application instructions, FAQs and more, please visit the CHP page on the COPS website at

The COPS Office has capped the number of officers that an agency can request through the FY2013 CHP program. All agencies’ requests will be capped at no more than 5 percent of their actual sworn force strength as reported on the date of application. Agencies with a service population of 1 million or above may apply for up to 25 officer positions; however, agencies with a service population less than 1 million may apply for up to 15 officer positions. The request of any agency with a sworn force strength less than or equal to 20 will be capped at one officer. CHP grant funding will be based on the current full-time entry-level salary and fringe benefits package of an officer in the department. Any additional costs for higher than entry-level salaries and fringe benefits will be the responsibility of the grantee agency.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

The Community Policing Development (CPD) program is now open and applications must be submitted by 4:59 PM EDT on Friday, May 24, 2013. CPD funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development and documentation of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.

The program is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups and faith-based organizations. Proposals should be of national relevance, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Applications will only be accepted through the COPS Application Portal, accessed from Grants.Gov website ( No paper or emailed applications will be accepted. For detailed information on CPD program requirements, application instructions, FAQs and more, please visit the CPD page on the COPS website at


April 26, 2013:

RE: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Fifth Round of Funding from TIGER Grant Program

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the availability of $474 million for a fifth round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program to fund surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area.

Projects eligible for TIGER grants include highways and bridges, public transportation, passenger and freight rail transportation and marine port infrastructure investments. Grants may range in size from $10 million to $200 million. Grants to rural areas may be for less than $10 million, but must be more than $1 million. No less than $120 million must be awarded to projects in rural areas.

The four previous rounds of TIGER provided $3.1 billion to support 218 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 100 of the TIGER grants were awarded directly to city or county governments that are otherwise unable to directly access traditional sources of Federal funding for their projects. Similarly, more than 19 TIGER grants were awarded directly to port authorities, and eight to tribal governments. TIGER has also helped catalyze 11 multi-state projects, which would have been difficult to advance through Federal formula programs.

The FY 2013 Appropriations Act requires that TIGER funds be obligated before October 1, 2014. The limited amount of time means the Department will give priority to projects that are ready to proceed quickly. In addition to project readiness, primary selection criteria include improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems; contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United States and creating and preserving jobs; increasing transportation choices and access to transportation services for people in communities across the U.S.; improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and improving safety.

Applications are due June 3. You can click here to view the Notice of Funding Availability. We hope you find this information useful.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Jon Moran at


April 17, 2013:

RE: 2013 MidAtlantic Grants Conference


The Grant Professionals Association (formerly American Association of Grant Professionals) is holding its seventh annual conference at the Conference Center at Mercer in West Windsor, May 20


Federal and state grants provide a significant amount of support to local government programs, services, and projects, as well as repair critical public facilities and infrastructure.


To successfully compete for limited dollars, public employees need training to efficiently seek, prepare, and successfully manage grant funds.


This conference attracts a wide range of professionals who work with grants across all employment sectors and from a multi-state area. This year the GPA is offering a special conference track dedicated to disaster recovery, as well as a special discounted rate for attendees representing disaster relief organizations.


For more information visit:

Or you may view their flyer: 2013 GPA Conference Flyer


The GPA is the first organization focused solely on the advancement of grantsmanship as a profession and the support of its practitioners. The New Jersey Chapter is one the oldest and best established chapters within GPA.



April 15, 2013:

RE: EPA Grant Competition Forecast for Calendar Year 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is committed to making it easier for communities to access their grant resources. Below is the calendar of expected 2013 competitive grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities. They will update this information periodically as needed.   These opportunities, as well as other EPA grant opportunities, will be posted at In addition, they offer a Grants 101 Tutorial to assist communities in understanding the grants process.

Grant programs with open solicitations or that expect to have open solicitations in 2013 are noted in the table below. To learn more about each program, (e.g., details on focus areas, eligible applicants, and funding amounts), visit the specific program link.

Note: Please consult for the most recent information and deadlines associated with the solicitations listed below, as well as a listing of other EPA competitive grant funding opportunities.


Apr 2013*

Urban Waters Small Grants - improve water quality through activites that support community revitalization

Aug 2013*

Brownfields Assessment, RLF and Cleanup Grants - Assess and Cleanup Brownfields

Oct 2013*

Environmental Justice Small Grant Program - Collaborative partnerships that address local environmental and public health issues

Nov 2013*

Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants - provide training, research and technical assistance to facilitate brownfields revitalization

Dec 2013*

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program - Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training

*Indicates Expected Issuance Date



April 12, 2013:

RE: Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) Open Space Grants for Environmental Commissions

In 2013, ANJEC will provide small grants of up to $1,500 each to environmental commissions to support projects that advance local open space stewardship and help to raise the profile of the environmental commission in the community through publicity and public participation or collaboration with local groups.

A total of $25,000 in grants will fund environmental commission projects related to open space preservation, management, maintenance, restoration and education.  Two-thirds of the grant will be paid to the commission up front, with the balance (1/3) paid when the project is complete.  Commission members and local volunteers must provide a minimum of 80 hours of labor toward the project.

No cash match is required to apply.


Eligible Applicants: NJ environmental commissions that are established by ordinance.


Applications due: 4:30pm, Friday, April 19th, 2013.  Grants to be announced May 3rd 2013, and initial checks issued the following week.  All applications must use the electronic form provided and be submitted by email to  Application length is limited, so please be concise but thorough.

In addition to the electronic application form, applicants must submit a scanned, dated and signed letter from the municipal manager or administrator indicating endorsement of the application and assuring payment of any additional costs that are included in the budget.

Send the letter as an attachment in a separate e-mail to by the application due date.

ANJEC will confirm receipt of your application file and letter file.

Eligible Expenses: Materials, speakers, professional services, printing, mailing and advertising.  For events, a maximum of $100 from the grant is allowed toward food.

Ineligible Expenses: Travel or labor by local volunteers, officials or municipal staff Grant Period & Reporting: grantees have one year to complete projects and submit final reports/documentation for reimbursement.  Status reports due 4th and 8th months.

Information about Grant Applications:



April 8, 2013:

RE: Water Quality Planning Grant Money Availability

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has recently posted the availability of SFY13 604(b) grant money at You can find more information about the program here:


Each year, pursuant to Section 604(b) of the federal Clean Water Act, the State of New Jersey receives funds to carry out planning under Sections 205(j) and 303(e) of the Act. Section 604(b) of the Act, as amended, requires, with certain exceptions, that at least 40 percent of the State’s funds awarded under Section 604(b) be allocated as pass-through grants to organizations for water quality planning activities. It is the purpose of this WQP Pass-Through Grant Program to satisfy this requirement.


The due date for applications is May 24, 2013. If you have any questions please contact your water quality management planning area county manager. For more information on 604(b) funding, see here: For information about the 604(b) contracts please contact Theresa Bottini from NJ DEP at (609) 984-0058 or by email at



April 4, 2013:

RE: Municipal Public Access Planning Grant

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning has posted a Request for Proposals (RfP) on the Department’s Public Access website for a Municipal Public Access Planning Grant Program.   Proposals for Municipal Public Access Planning Grants must be submitted to the Department no later than May 15, 2013.

You may view the RfP at:

If you would like more information on the MPAP Grant Program, or would like the Department’s assistance in developing a Municipal Public Access Plan for your municipality, please contact the Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning at 609-292-4612 or



March 25, 2013:

RE: Emergency Watershed Protection Program Funding Available

Agency: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

DEADLINE: April 1, 2013 for Letter of Intent

To qualify for this funding the work must reduce threats to life and property by floods, windstorms and other natural occurrences. It must be economically and environmentally defensible and sound from an engineering standpoint.  This is a 75% cost-share program, with a 25% local match.

Examples of work can include:

reshaping and protecting eroded banks

correcting damaged drainage facilities

repairing levees and structures

reseeding damaged areas

purchasing floodplain easements

removing debris from stream channels, road culverts and bridges

For more information contact David Lamm - NRCS, Somerset, NJ at 732-537-6071 (



March 21, 2013

Re: Various Grant Opportunities for Municipalities for climate and energy initiatives

Nearly $35.8 million of funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Economic Development Administration (EDA), and National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including renewable energy, environmental job training, and local agriculture.

For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided in the synopses below.

  • NOAA Climate Program Office – $17 million












Application Due: April 8, 2013

Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

The NOAA Climate Program Office’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy. NOAA seeks to marshal climate assets and partners toward the common goal of assessing regional needs and vulnerabilities and then supporting the development and delivery of timely climate services that aid adaptation and mitigation choices.

Municipalities in New Jersey may be eligible for Competition 2, which is soliciting proposals only from RISA teams and their partners to conduct projects relevant to one of four priorities: 1) preparing for floods in urban coastal communities, 2) scenario and management planning processes, 3) Drought monitoring and prediction products to support decision making, and 4) Climate impacts on marine and Great Lakes ecosystems. For Competition 2, an estimated $500,000 to $3 million will be available for approximately 5 to 15 awards.

For full eligibility and application details, please visit NOAA’s grant opportunity synopsis.


  • EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants – $2.4 million












Application Due: April 9, 2013

Eligible Entities Include: General purpose units of local governments; land clearance authorities; government entities created by state legislature; regional councils or groups of general purpose units of local governments; redevelopment agencies; nonprofits organizations.

EPA announces the availability of funds to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field.  Eligible uses of grant funds include training in technologies that use alternative energy or alternative fuels, training in energy efficiency retrofitting and building weatherization, and training in management techniques to support the assessment and cleanup of sites for urban agriculture and horticulture.  Under this competition, applicants should intend to serve dislocated workers, or those laid off as a result of recent manufacturing plant closures, as well as those severely under-employed or unemployed in the target community.

For full eligibility and application details, please visit EPA’s grant opportunity synopsis.


  • EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity – Total funding available TBD








Application Due: Varies by program year; next due date is June 13, 2013

Eligible Entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, non-profits, institutions of higher education.

Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs.  Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.  EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.  EDA’s investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.

For full eligibility and application details, please visit EDA’s grant opportunity synopsis.

In addition, you may want to visit the calendar of 2013 EPA grant opportunities as there may be some upcoming grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to your municipality.



March 18, 2013:

Re: Executive Order Expands eligibility requirements for FEMA Community Disaster Loan Program

On Friday, March 15, 2013 Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order No. 128 requiring every local governmental entity in the state that can meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a FEMA Community Disaster Loan.  The order also empowers the Division of Local Government Services within the Department of Community Affairs and the Commissioner of Education the authority to implement the Community Disaster Loan Program in New Jersey and to require application to the program be made by local governments. Every municipality, county, school district, fire district, local authority and every other local governmental entities in New Jersey is subject to this order.

Please click here to download a copy of Executive Order 128.

The League and Division of Local Government Services have already issued guidance on this Program.  See League Mayors letter of March 13, 2013 and additional notices the Division has previously sent and

Responding to the League's request, tomorrow (Monday March 18) the DLGS will be extending the application deadline to May 15, 2013 to give towns more time to apply.  It is very important to note that local governments must be able to show they reasonably expect to lose 5% of revenues in 2013 (ratable losses, fees, etc to be eligible for the program). The League and DLGS have already worked together to ensure towns are applying and in fact 33 towns have applied and we anticipate the others to follow shortly.

It is also very important that all towns that apply for this program encourage their school counterparts to do this as well. Education dollars make up a substantial portion of the local property tax bill and they need to do all they can to help reduce that burden.



March 14, 2013:

RE: No-Cost Technical Assistance to Communities Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Global Green USA is a nonprofit environmental organization responding to Hurricane Sandy with several efforts.  In collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Global Green USA has opened a special application period for our Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment assistance specifically for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This free assistance is being provided under Global Green’s grant from the US EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities’ Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.  This is an opportunity to access a team of experts who will help create a plan for a specific site or neighborhood that could then serve as a catalyst or model for broader community-wide rebuilding. The result will be a more resilient community that addresses the challenges posed by sea level rise, storm surge, storm intensity, and climate change.


Eligibility and Selection Process

At least two communities will be selected for assistance in 2013.  Eligible applicants are local governments, county governments, regional planning organizations or similar public agencies located in counties in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Rhode Island that:

  • Have received a major disaster declaration from FEMA as a result of Hurricane Sandy;
  • Are exploring opportunities to promote sustainability and increase resiliency in their recovery and rebuilding efforts; and
  • Have considered or are in the process of considering changes to land use or street patterns during the process of rebuilding that will make their community more sustainable and resilient.


How it Works: Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment

Through a three day intensive visit and consultation, the Global Green USA team will evaluate how a specific neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Sandy can be replanned to promote smart growth and create a more sustainable, resilient community.  The team will conduct an assessment of existing conditions including the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, consult with community stakeholders in meetings and a public workshop and identify major opportunities to improve neighborhood sustainability.


Prior to this visit, the team will conduct an extensive review of prior plans, neighborhood form, the pattern of adjacent or existing development and future development constraints.


At the conclusion of the visit the team will present recommendations for both physical and policy changes that may include street reconfiguration, ecological restoration, integrated energy and water infrastructure, and standards and incentives for mixed-use and transit-oriented development.  Suggestions for revisions to the community’s hazard mitigation, land use plan, and zoning code to support these recommendations may also be made.  All of the recommendations will be based on the nationally recognized and peer-reviewed best practices contained in LEED-ND, adapted specifically for post-disaster situations by Global Green USA.



APPLICATIONS DUE: APRIL 30, 2013 at 6 p.m. PST


For more information visit



March 13, 2013:

RE: NJ Historic Trust to Announce 2012 Historic Preservation Grant Recommendations

The NJ Historic Trust Board of Trustees will vote on 37 preservation planning projects that have been recommended to receive 2012 Historic Preservation Grants.   The recommended projects will receive a total of $1,393,084 million in matching grant funding.  There will be a brief presentation on each project during the meeting.  Additionally, previous grant recipients will briefly address the Board about how the grants benefitted their respective projects.  Questions will be taken at the end of the meeting.

When: Thursday, March 14, 2012 at 10am

Where: NJ Department o Community Affairs, Conference Room 129, 101 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08625



February 8, 2013:

RE: Request for FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant (Tropical Cyclone


) Extended

The Request for the Public Assistance Grant Program for DR-4086-NJ (Tropical Cyclone Sandy) has been extended until March 15th, 2013.

PNP's must first apply to the Small Business Administration in order to be eligible for permanent work. It is essential that the PNP’s follow protocol in order to be eligible for the reimbursement process.

Please be sure to check the PNP box on the Requests for Public Assistance. If the PNP box is not checked and the request proceeds through the Public Assistance reimbursement process as a regular applicant without applying to SBA, any award is subject to de-obligation.

State Agencies should submit an individual RPA per agency.

The Request for Public Assistance has been extended until March 15th, 2013.

90-49 with DUNS number

Guidance in FEMA’s PNP policies and procedures



February 6, 2013:

Re: Funding Opportunities Available through the New Jersey Recovery Fund February 25 Deadline

The Community Foundation of New Jersey has announced guidelines for the New Jersey Recovery Fund, which was established to support the immediate and long term needs of New Jersey's communities and its nonprofit sector in response to Hurricane Sandy. To date, national and regional foundations as well as individual donors have pledged nearly $5 million in support of this effort.

In addition to inviting targeted proposals from specific organizations, the Community Foundation of New Jersey has designed a process that is open to a broad array of possibilities and partnerships. Communities and nonprofit organizations, as well as partnerships which may include individuals, nonprofits, businesses and municipalities are invited to submit their best ideas for consideration. In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants should be based in New Jersey or partner with a New Jersey nonprofit organization or municipality, though exceptions may be made (see the guidelines for further details).

The Fund will support catalytic ideas and projects with an emphasis on innovation, collaboration, resiliency and sustainability as New Jersey recovers from Hurricane Sandy. It is not designed to provide disaster relief funding for businesses, individuals or nonprofits.

The Fund focuses on five overarching areas:

  • Public information and community engagement
  • Reframing the conversation: policy reform to support resiliency and sustainability
  • Innovative community/regional planning demonstration projects
  • Environmental protection and restoration
  • Community-driven/participatory arts projects

The RFP is available at The guidelines are also available at

Application Process:

In coordination with the Community Foundation, the Dodge Foundation will be managing the online application process. All applicants must first submit an online letter of inquiry. After a thorough review of the letters of inquiry, applicants that are invited to apply will be asked to submit a full proposal.


  • Online Letters of Inquiry may be submitted any time between February 4 and February 25th, 2013.
  • Applicants that are invited to submit a full proposal will be notified no later than March 6, 2013.
  • Proposals from applicants invited to apply will be due no later than March 22, 2013.

For questions related to the letter of inquiry, the application process, or if you need technical assistance with your online inquiry, please send an e-mail to detailing your questions; please include your telephone number in case the Foundation needs to call you. They will answer all questions in a timely manner.



February 1, 2013:

Christie Administration Approves Nearly $2.2 Million in Trail Grants PDF



February 1, 2013:

RE: New Member Benefit – Resource for Seeking Grants

NJLM is pleased to offer our members an exciting new member benefit. We have partnered with, an online grant-seeking resource for nonprofits, local and state governments and educational institutions, to offer our members a discounted rate to use their online database of funders and information on grants and grant writing. League members may purchase a full annual membership to for only $95. This is over 85% off of their regular rate of $699. A subscription to provides the user with access to their premiere suite of online grant research resources. You can search through thousands of private and governmental funding opportunities at the local, state and federal level. You can also use their articles and tutorials to enhance your grant writing and grant strategies.

If you would like to take a tour of the GrantStation website and what a subscription offers, we will be holding a free tour of the GrantStation website via webinar on February 21 at 2pm. To register visit

For more information on this program or to subscribe visit

This new member service is part of our Grants Resource Center, the League’s online tool providing a listing of links to grant opportunities, resources and information to assist our membership in researching and finding funding opportunities. Additionally, each month our site includes links to open funding opportunities and an article highlighting grant issues and the ways in which municipalities can utilize funding. Also through our partnership with, members may sign up for a weekly email service to have opportunities delivered to their email inbox (separate from the paid service mentioned above, emails are a free NJLM benefit). Through a partnership with Triad Associates, we also offer a free Grant Consultation Service to provide general grant guidance, available to our membership only. Visit our Grant Resource Center at



January 30, 2013:

RE: Fema Extends Deadline to Register for Hurricane Sandy Assistance

The deadline to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been extended until March 1, 2013.

People with storm losses in all counties throughout New Jersey may register online at or via smartphone or tablet at  Registration is also available by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS.  The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7am to 1am seven days a week.

The deadline was extended one month at the request of the State of New Jersey. Through Wednesday, Jan. 23, more than 57,500 storm survivors have been approved for help through FEMA's Individual Assistance program.

The disaster registration process serves as a referral point for FEMA programs and those of partner agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

The disaster registration process serves as a referral point for FEMA programs and those of partner agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

The SBA has also set March 1 as the date for homeowners, renters and business owners to complete and return SBA disaster loan applications. Visit or call 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339 for more information.



January 7, 2013:

RE: NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities Funding Announcement-COMMUNITY SUPPORTS


Grant objective is to include people with developmental disabilities in their communities.  The project will reach out to non-disability related entities to initiate or enhance the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities; entities include but are not limited to: religious programs, recreation departments, arts and cultural projects, towns, municipalities and Chambers of Commerce.


2013 NOFA Proposal Process

New Applications:

- Applicants who have never applied to the council must attend a pre-bid meeting (to be held in March).

- The Letter of Interest and Proposal Process is a two-step procedure.

- There is no “set aside” for unfunded activity.

- Visit for Letter of Interest Application.


Required Documents:

Letter of Interest – deadline February 4, 2013

Notice of selection for full proposal packet (if solicited) – March 11, 2013

Full proposals due if selected - May 3, 2013


Second-Third Year Projects up for consideration:

- Applicants do not have to attend pre-bid meeting.

- Letter of Interest is simple statement of intent to apply for continuation

- Proposal consists of detailed discussion of progress toward existing goals, logical outline of proposed activity bringing the project to the next levels, and possible presentation to the Council’s Grants committee. [Council staff will prepare this presentation for the Grant Committee’s response in each case.]

- Application can be for up to two years of a project resulting in the deliverables stated, based on the initial application project design.

- Applicant must identify sources of continuing support for project upon completion, provide assessment of potential for such support from each source and provide a timeline for applying for and/or securing each resource.

- Continuing projects will either be funded, funded with modification or not funded based on their reports and (perhaps) a presentation to the Council’s Grants committee.


Required Documents:

Letter of Intent – deadline March 1, 2013

Proposal Package sent to Interested Parties – March 4, 2013

Project Continuation Proposal Package - deadline May 3, 2013

Notice of Funds

NJCDD Grants Page


December 21, 2012:

RE: Christie Administration Announces Extension for New Jerseyans Affected by Hurricane Sandy to Register for Disaster Assistance



May 14, 2012:

RE: Historic Site Management Grants are available from the



Historic Preservation Trust Fund


The New Jersey Historic Trust is now accepting applications for Historic Site Management Grants from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Eligible properties are historic sites that are listed, or are eligible for listing, in the

New Jersey

or National Register of Historic Places. Historic Site Management Grants, which range from $5,000 to $50,000, may be used to fund the preparation of plans and studies needed to improve site stewardship, maintenance and interpretation.


Guidelines and applications: To request a paper copy, call (609) 984-0473 or e-mail

The New Jersey Historic Trust is holding an applicant workshop on July 18, 2012 from 1-3 pm at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown. Participants may register by calling (609) 984-0473 or emailing


A Declaration of Intent must be submitted by July 12. Applications are due September 20, 2012.



April 24, 2012:

Re: Sustainable Jersey - $200,000 for Municipal Sustainability Projects

Sustainable Jersey has announced the availability of the 2012 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program.  Funded by the PSEG Foundation, the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will support thirty-two projects that leverage resources to make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous. This program will award local governments with four $20,000 grants, eight $10,000 grants and 20 $2,000 grants for projects like electric vehicle charging stations, school food composting centers and community gardens.

Towns and communities interested in applying for a grant may visit to read the grant requirements and download the application.  Proposals are due July 15, 2012.

For questions about the grants:

For general information: or (609) 771-2938



April 23, 2012:

RE: Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Grants for Municipalities

Lowe’s will support basic, one-time project needs in the areas of:

  1. Beautification
  2. Building Repair/Renovation
  3. Playground/Park
  4. Other   (ex:  combination of above categories)

Examples of possible projects are:  providing accessibility in a park for handicapped children and persons in wheelchairs; walking paths; senior citizen building upgrades, gardens for healthy eating, etc. The project should make a difference to the people in your community.  Lowe’s is vague on what they will fund but they are specific on what they will not fund as indicated below.  IMPORTANT:  Please note that Lowe’s will not support salaries, fringe, and most labor costs.  Those items must be viewed as in-kind from your organization.  Labor costs could be absorbed through your own Department of Public Works with the grant providing the materials needed for the project.

Maximum Award: $25,000

Prerequisite:  The project must be discussed with the local Lowe’s store manager.  The name of the person must be provided to Bruno for inclusion in the grant application.

Deadline:  There is no deadline, but municipalities are encouraged to start the process as soon as possible.

The Foundation's charitable contributions cannot be used for:

  • Individuals and families
  • National health organizations and their local affiliates
  • Religious organizations and church or denomination-sponsored programs or events
  • Special events, such as conferences, dinners, sport competitions, festivals or art exhibits
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events (i.e. dinners, walks, golf tournaments and auctions)
  • Goodwill advertising or marketing
  • Political, labor, veteran/fraternal organizations, civic clubs or candidates
  • Sports teams or athletic events
  • Arts-based programs
  • Animal rescue and support groups
  • Travel-related events, including student trips or tours
  • Development or production of books, films, videos or television programs
  • Capital campaigns, endowments or endowed chairs
  • Activities of organizations serving primarily their own membership
  • Private schools
  • Continuing education for teachers and staff
  • Institutional overhead and/or indirect cost (i.e. salaries, stipends, benefits and most  project labor costs)
  • Memorial campaigns
  • Multi-year requests
  • Tickets to events

Visit Lowe's website for more information.



February 22, 2012:

RE: October 2011 Snowstorm Mitigation Funds Available Letter of Intent

The 2011 Halloween Snowstorm resulted in Presidential Disaster Declaration DR-4048. This declaration allowed New Jersey to receive Hazard Mitigation funding.

If your jurisdiction is interested in submitting a Letter of Intent for consideration, please complete and submit the following Letter of Intent,, no later than March 30, 2012. You may e-mail your Letter of Intent to the Mitigation Unit at, or send it hard copy through the mail.

The Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the State Hazard Mitigation Team and ranked according to the ones with the greatest need. Those selected will be requested to make application through the E-Grants system. This process will take place early-to-mid Spring 2012.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact the Mitigation Unit at 609-963-6208.



February 14, 2012:

RE: EPA Grants Award Process Webinar

On February 23, 2012 at 2pm the EPA's Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting a webinar for the EPA grants community. The webinar will cover grants management topics, including: how to find and apply for grant opportunities; FFATA reporting requirements; and preparing a proper budget detail. In addition, they will be hosting a Q&A session during the second half of the webinar. If you have any questions, please email it to in advance of the call.

For more information and to register:



December 23, 2011:

RE: Recreational Trails Program

On October 26th the NJDEP sent out a Recreational Trails Program grant invitation letter and application package for the 2012 funding round. State, County and local governments are eligible for these grants as well as non-profit agencies. The deadline for the grant program is February 15th, 2012. For more information or to get a grant application for 2012 please visit

Click here for a PDF with more information.



December 7, 2011:

RE: 3 Upcoming EPA Funding Opportunities & NEA’s Our Town Grants


The announcement for the EPA Brownfields Multi-Purpose grant is expected sometime this month or January 2012.  This grant will fund both assessment and cleanup in one grant award, eliminating the need for a separate grant application for each phase.


The Workforce Development grant announcement is expected sometime in January or February 2012.  This grant replaces the Brownfield Job Training grant and expands the scope of eligible training that may be funded.


The Brownfields Area-wide Planning grant announcement is expected sometime in February or March 2012.  This grant will fund reuse planning for Brownfield sites in a defined area.


Additionally, the National Endowment for the Arts has posted the guidelines for 2012 Our Town grants.  Now in its second year, Our Town supports creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their score. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to: Improve their quality of life; encourage creative activity; create community identity and a sense of place and revitalize local economies.                            


Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000. Projects may include planning, design, and arts engagement activities that reflect a systemic approach to civic development and a persuasive vision for enhanced community vibrancy.    Visit  Inquires may email to schedule a call with NEA staff.  NEA staff will be conducting Our Town webinars on Wednesday, January 11 and Tuesday, February 7, 2012 to answer questions and walk applicants through this year's guidelines. Schedule and registration details will be posted on the Our Town guidelines webpage next week.        


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 1, 2012     

GRANT AMOUNTS:  $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, or $150,000            

PERIOD OF SUPPORT: September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014                

ELIGIBILITY: A partnership between a local government entity and a nonprofit cultural institution is required; additional partners are encouraged.



December 1, 2011:

RE: Green Acres Funding Reminder

Interested municipalities and counties may apply for Green Acres funds to acquire or develop land for outdoor recreation and conservation purposes.  Available funding represents the balance of the voter-approved 2009 Green Acres bond referendum, as well as supplemental funding from project cancellations and withdrawals. 


Green Acres will accept applications until February 15, 2012.  Funding is extremely limited, and we anticipate that competition will be intense.  As a result, only funding requests from new applicants or applicants who have completed or are making significant progress on previously approved projects will be considered. 


Eligible land acquisition projects include the purchase of natural areas, historic sites, conservation areas, water bodies, and open space for active or passive recreation. Eligible recreational projects include facilities that provide boating, fishing, swimming, outdoor games and sports, biking, picnicking, camping, or nature interpretation.  Related costs incurred as part of the acquisition or development project also may be eligible for reimbursement. More detailed information about funding categories is provided in the enclosed attachment.



ROSI Excel Spreadsheet



November 23, 2011:

The Siemens Sustainable Community Awards program provides a national platform for recognizing small, medium and large size communities which have improved the quality of life for their residents, become responsible stewards of the environment, and increased the ability to sustain a successful community for generations to come.

Deadline for nominations is January 13, 2012.

Click here for more information.



November 23, 2011:

RE: EPA Requests Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects to award between $1.8 to
$3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA's Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents. Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

  • Education and training for water quality improvement or green
    infrastructure jobs
  • Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
  • Local water quality monitoring programs
  • Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans
  • Innovative projects that promote local water quality and
    community revitalization goals

Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at  EPA expects to award the grants
in Summer 2012.

Note to Applicants: In accordance with EPA's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy (EPA Order 5700.5A1), EPA staff will not meet with individual applicants to discuss draft proposals, provide informal comments on draft proposals, or provide advice to applicants on how to respond to ranking criteria. Applicants are responsible for the contents of their proposals.  However, consistent with the provisions in the announcement, EPA will respond to questions from individual applicants regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the proposal, and requests for clarification about the announcement. Questions must be submitted in writing via e-mail to and must be received by the Agency Contact, Ji-Sun Yi, by January 16, 2012 and written responses will be posted on EPA's website at

Dates to Remember:
Deadline for submitting proposals: January 23, 2012
Two webinars about this funding opportunity:

December 14, 2011 and January 5, 2012.
Deadline for submitting questions: January 16, 2012

For more information on EPA's Urban Waters program, visit


October 26, 2011:

RE: 2012 Recreational Trails Program

The DEP has announced the availability of grant funding to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail facilities.  The application below provides a summary of permissible uses and projects, program requirements, and factors used to evaluate and select the projects for funding.  The deadline for submitting applications to the Green Acres Program is February 15, 2012.

The DEP anticipates that this program will receive approximately $1 million to be distributed Statewide for trail related projects, and anticipates that competition for funding will be intense.


Please direct questions to John Flynn of the Green Acres Program at 609-984-0628 or  Additional information can be found at:

Application Package    

Application Package Adobe PDF document



October 6, 2011:

Request for Proposals: Animals in the Community Pilot Program

In partnership with Sustainable Jersey, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a pilot community to implement this best practices model for the delivery of municipal animal services.

Addressing public health and safety, fiscal efficiency, responsible pet ownership, conflict resolution and the protection of wildlife and habitat, the “Animals in the Community” actions in Sustainable Jersey include a Companion Animal Management Plan. To support the development of best practices for Companion Animal Management, IFAW partnered with Sustainable Jersey to convene a team representing state agencies, conservation and animal welfare non-profits, Boards of Health, Animal Control Officers, educators and law enforcement to identify models of good practice and develop this RFP. The result is a model for local governments that will not only improve the provision of animal services but also generate revenue by replicating successful enterprises from NJ and beyond. Implementing the model will engage the community and enable local entities to provide valued services through education, enhanced operations, and the creation of legal frameworks that support improved outcomes.

Proposals are due Friday, December 2, 2011Visit Sustainable Jersey’s website for details and updates:

Click here to view a PDF of the RFP


September 15, 2011:

RE: Grants - NJDEP


The Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres has created a special category of funding to assist towns and counties in acquiring flood prone lands.  Green Acres will provide up to a 25% matching grant, depending on the matching grant ratio provided by FEMA.  This is a pilot program; therefore funding caps will be established per applicant to allow acquisitions to be accomplished by a maximum number of local governments.  The Passaic River Basin region has been identified as the focus of this pilot program.  


Requests for funding under this Local Blue Acres category will compete only against other similar requests.  This will not affect any other pending or ongoing Green Acres project you may be sponsoring.


Click here for NJDEP's letter and application.

Applications are due by October 31, 2011. 

Funding decisions will be made by December 1, 2011.



July 28, 2011:

Re: New Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Availability



The National League of Cities wanted us to let you know that, on June 30, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new grant opportunity for rural communities across the country. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program is a great opportunity for rural communities to leverage federal funds for local transportation projects. You can view Transportation Secretary LaHood’s announcement at

NLC is partnering with Smart Growth America, the American Public Transportation Association, the National Association of Development Organizations, PolicyLink, Reconnecting America, Rural Assembly, and Transportation for America to help communities to submit superior applications for these very competitive grants.


If you plan to apply for this year’s round of TIGER grants or want to learn more about the program and the application process, join us for a webinar on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT. The webinar will feature an overview of TIGER by Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary at USDOT, as well as a discussion of innovative rural transportation projects by Alia Anderson, Program and Policy Associate at Reconnecting America. In addition, Courtney Payne, a Government Services Specialist at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, will showcase a successful rural project from an earlier TIGER grant cycle. 



"TIGER Grants and Rural America"


Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT


Webinar information will be sent to registrants.


To register, visit: Please RSVP by 5:00 PM ET on August 2nd.

This webinar is the first in a two-part series aimed at helping prospective TIGER applicants from rural communities. The second webinar will take place later in August and will focus on forming interdisciplinary, regional partnerships and on successful grant writing.

If you have questions about this event, contact Garett Ballard-Rosa at or 202-207-3355 x142.



July 21, 2011:

RE: EPA Grant Writing Workshops

The EPA recommends that those intending to apply for Brownfield grant funds attend one of their upcoming EPA writing workshops.

Additional information on the EPA Brownfield Grants is found at

The next two workshops are :

Monday, July 25, 2011 and Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

Click here to view Flyer



July 5, 2011:

RE: TIGER Grants

The US Department of Transportation has released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFRA) for Round 3 of the very popular TIGER grants.  Initially authorized as part of the Recovery Act, Congress has continued to fund the discretionary grant program.  TIGER III includes $527 million for innovative transportation projects that have a regional impact. 


This Round includes a $140 million set aside for rural communities which is defined in Section V of the NOFA.  The grants will be for capital investments only, not planning or project design and applicants will have to provide at least a 20 percent match.  


In general, this round is similar to last year, with a few significant differences:


    1. Unlike the FY 2010 Appropriations Act, the FY 2011 Continuing Appropriations Act does not provide any funding for projects solely for the planning, preparation, or design of capital projects ("TIGER Planning Grants"); however, these activities may be eligible to the extent that they are part of an overall construction project that receives TIGER Discretionary Grants funding;

    Any applicant that is applying for a TIGER TIFIA Payment must also submit a TIFIA letter of interest along with their application.

    Eligible applicants may submit, as a lead applicant, no more than three applications for consideration.



Applicants are required to submit a "pre-application" prior to submitting a final application.  The pre-application system will open on August 22, 2011.  All pre-applications should be submitted by October 3, 2011 at 5 PM EST.  Final applications will be due on or before October 31, 2011. 


USDOT will host a half day seminar and webcast providing information and guidance on the TIGER application process July 18th from 1 to 4 PM.  




Secretary LaHood Announces $527 Million in Funding for New Round of Popular TIGER Grant Program

Competitively Chosen Projects Will Create Jobs, Lay Foundation for Growth

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that $527 million will be available for a third round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program, which funds innovative transportation projects that will create jobs and have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area. 

“Through the TIGER program, we can build transportation projects that are critical to America’s economic success and help complete those that might not move forward without this infusion of funding,” said Secretary LaHood.  “This competition empowers local communities to create jobs and build the transportation networks they need in order to win the future.” 

In the FY11 budget President Obama signed in April, $527 million was directed to the Department of Transportation for critical investments in the nation’s transportation infrastructure. States, cities, local governments, and other partnerships and groups will have until this fall to prepare their applications for the popular TIGER program, which has funded high-impact projects including roads, bridges, freight rail, transit buses and streetcars, ports, and bicycle and pedestrian paths.

The previous two rounds of the TIGER grant program provided $2.1 billion to 126 transportation projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Demand for the program has been overwhelming, and during the previous two rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 2,500 applications requesting more than $79 billion for transportation projects across the country. 

Projects will be selected based on their ability to contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and improve the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections.  The Department will also focus on projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs and spur rapid increases in economic activity.

For more information, please visit



June 27, 2011:

RE: Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program 

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD will be investing an additional $67 million the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program. 

HUD provided advance notice today that the second round of Regional Planning grants will soon be made available through a Notice of Funding Availability. The grants will be awarded competitively to multi-jurisdictional and multi-sector partnerships as well as regional consortia consisting of state and local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), educational institutions, non-profit organizations and philanthropic organizations.

This year’s funding was approved by Congress in HUD’s 2011 budget, as part of $100 million devoted to the agency's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.  This year’s Regional Planning Grant program will encourage grantees to support regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land-use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure developments in a manner that empowers regions to consider how all of these factors work together to bring economic competitiveness and revitalization to a community. The program will place a priority on partnerships, including the collaboration of arts and culture, philanthropy, and innovative ideas to the regional planning process. 

Recognizing that areas are in different stages of achieving sustainability, HUD will establish two funding categories for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program.

  • Category 1 Funds: Can be used to support the preparation of Regional Plans for sustainable development.

  • Category 2 Funds: Can be used to support efforts to modify existing regional plans so that they are in accordance with the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ six Livability Principles. Category 2 Funds also may be used to prepare more detailed execution plans for an adopted regional plan for sustainable development and limit predevelopment planning activities for catalytic projects.  

To read the full text of HUD's advance funding announcement, visit



March 31, 2011:

RE: Department of Justice Announces Multiple Crime Prevention Grant Solicitations

The U.S. Department of Justice recently invited local governments to apply for several grant opportunities supporting innovative crime reduction programs. Grant programs currently open for solicitations include the Smart Policing Initiative, the Field-Initiated Programs Competitive Grant Program, the Second Chance Act Juvenile Mentoring Initiative, and the Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program.

The Smart Policing Initiative and Field-Initiated Programs Competitive Grant both seek to build upon data-driven, evidence-based, innovative approaches to reducing crime. Both of these grants will be open until April 21. The Second Chance Act Juvenile Mentoring Initiative, which provides funds for mentoring and other transitional services essential to reintegrating juvenile offenders into the community, will be open until May 2.

Finally, the Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program is a new initiative that builds and maintains programs like the ones adopted by municipalities through NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families' California Cities Gang Prevention Network. These communities have adopted multi-strategy, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing the violence that has adversely affected youth, families, and neighborhoods across America. Cities interested in receiving grant funding for similar programs may apply for this demonstration program through May 23.

Details about these and other criminal justice grants can be found at and


March 23, 2011:

Re: Risk Reduction Projects - Mitigation Grant Deadline Approaching


As a result of the December 2010 snow storm event, the State of New Jersey received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.  This has created the opportunity for Counties and Municipalities to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds (HMGP) under DR-1954-NJ.   The eligibility requirements are that the jurisdiction has an approved Hazard Mitigation plan. Any eligible jurisdiction in New Jersey that is interested in applying for an HMGP project grant should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the State Hazard Mitigation Office by April 8, 2011.  Those counties that are submitting or have submitted Hazard Mitigation plans to NJOEM recently should also submit LOI's, due to potential opportunities resulting from the disaster.


Any questions prior to the submission deadline should be directed to SFC Robert Little, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, at 609-963-6963, or



February 28, 2011:

RE: Our Town Grant Available for Creative Placemaking

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is offering grant funding ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 for projects that incorporate the arts and creative placemaking. The Our Town grant will invest in “creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.” Projects should work to improve a community’s quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place and revitalize local economies. The grant requires an arts-based partnership with committed governmental leadership and the philanthropic sector.

These partnerships must involve at least two organizations: a nonprofit design or cultural organization and a government entity. In addition, each project must have a systemic approach to civic development with a persuasive vision for change; clearly defined civic development goals and objectives that recognize and enhance the role the arts play at the center of community life; an action plan aligned with the project vision; and a funding plan that is appropriate, feasible, indicates strong community support and includes a well-conceived sustainability strategy.



To apply, you must submit a statement of interest by March 1st. The invitation to apply will be issued March 25th and the final application is due April 25th. For instructions and information visit



February 24, 2011:

RE: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding

Mayors Chris Bollwage of Elizabeth and Art Ondish of Mount Arlington, the Co-Chairs of our new Committee to Save CDBG Funding, are looking for support from Mayors all around our Garden State, in this effort to maintain current levels of this vital federal economic development/redevelopment assistance. Continued funding has never been more crucial, than now, when cuts could further slow our sluggish recovery.

Accordingly, we have posted a model letter to be sent to U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, detailing the importance of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and urging that it must remain fully funded.

The House of Representatives has already voted on a 62.5% cut of the CDBG Program; therefore I am also requesting that you contact your Congressional representatives in an advisory capacity, and convey how essential CDBG is to your community, our state and nation.

I strongly suggest that you emphasize the critical nature of this program and the devastating effects that will result if it is reduced or eliminated. Since numerous community organizations are directly impacted by the CDBG program, it would also be beneficial if the end users of this Program could also reach out to your legislators to highlighting the positive impact and benefits of the CDBG program.  Please send the League copies of your correspondence and any other information you believe our Co-Chairs would find of interest. 

Letters may be addressed to Senator Frank R. Lautenberg at: One Gateway Center, 23rd Floor, Newark, NJ 07012 and Senator Robert Menendez at: One Gateway Center, 11th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102. 

Thank you for your attention in the matter. If you have any questions, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

February 16, 2011:

RE: Transitional Aid of Localities Application Process

The following is a note from the NJDCA:

Dear Municipal Clerk:

Attached to this email is Local Finance Notice 2011-7, CY 2011/SFY 2012 Transitional Aid Application. Also attached is the Transitional Aid Application form for Calendar Year municipalities.

Regardless of Fiscal Year, any municipality considering applying for the program must read the Finance Notice to understand the rigorous application process. Actions will have to be taken within the next few weeks for both CY and SFY municipalities intending to apply for Transitional Aid.

This is being sent to Municipal Clerks and Chief Financial Officers. It is strongly suggested that they share this with appropriate local officials as soon as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and attention.

Attachments: Program Information; Application

Applications are due on March 11, 2011



February 16, 2011:

The Department of Health and Senior Services' Has Announced Availability of Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Funding - called Take Control of Your Health in NJ

Letters of intent to apply for CDSMP funding are due at the Division on March 1, 2011
For details and contact information visit:



February 15, 2011:

ATTENTION MAYORS WHO APPLIED FOR: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding.

PLEASE NOTE:  In order to officially approve assignment of your funds, NJ Clean Energy Program must receive a signed Scope(s) of Work by no later than February 25, 2011. You may send the signed documentation by e-mail to or by mail or fax using the contact information at the bottom of this letter. If your Direct Install participating contractor has not completed your on-site energy assessment, you must arrange for that part of the process immediately so that the proposed energy efficiency measures can be identified in your work scope.

The U.S. Department of Energy timelines associated with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants require that the ARRA funds be committed for approved projects as specified in your signed Scope of Work. If we do not receive this completed documentation by the deadline, your block grant will be canceled and the funds made available for other projects throughout the state.

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to assist you in moving forward, please contact Roger Kliemisch, Program Manager, TRC Energy Services at Toll Free 866-433-4479 or 732-855-0033.







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