Sunday, April 14, 2024

Call for Applications: NJ DCA Neighborhood Preservation Program

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced the opening of the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) 2022 Partner Application, an opportunity for municipalities and non-profits to receive assistance for neighborhood stabilization and revitalization.

The list of eligible projects includes placemaking initiatives like public gardens, transit shelters, and wayfinding improvements, as well as exterior renovations and local business grants.

Past grantees in 2020 were awarded funds for small business rent support (New Brunswick), creating an outdoor seating arena (Woodbury), and outdoor dining and parklets (Hammonton).

Image of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Asset Map, which shows designated and eligible census tracts for the Neighborhood Preservation Program. A preponderance are in the Northeast of the state, with another cluster around Philadelphia.
DCA Asset Map (click image). Courtesy of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Interested municipalities and non-profits may view DCA’s Asset Map  to find whether they fit within the NPP’s criteria for improvement funding.

The deadline for submitting a notice of interest is July 2, 2021, and August 18, 2021 for submitting an application for grant funds. DCA estimates that they will allocate up to $125,000 per municipality to 20 grantees.

The agency will host a webinar at 10:30am on June 23 to walk those interested through the process. Municipalities may apply through DCA’s online SAGE portal.

More information about the Neighborhood Preservation Program, including eligibility requirements, is available here.