Grant News & Information

  1. Mayor Bollwage Testified Before Congressional Committee

    Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, NJLM Past President, testified before a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Wednesday on the Brownfields Program Reauthorization. Read on...
  2. Reminder to Complete the NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

    Rutgers Center for Green Building is conducting an online survey for BPU on how New Jersey Clean Energy Programs can work better for municipalities and they need your input. Read on...
  3. NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

    Rutgers Center for Green Building is conducting an online survey for BPU on how New Jersey Clean Energy Programs can work better for municipalities. Read on...
  4. Census Tools & Using Census Data – Free Annual Networking Meeting

    Attend a free virtual meeting to learn about Census data products and how to best use them with subject matter experts from the U.S. Census Bureau. Read on...
  5. Lunch & Learn: US EPA and NJDEP Discuss BIL & IRA Implementation

    On Monday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m., the League is hosting a Lunch and Learn with US EPA Region 2 Office Administrator Lisa Garcia and NJDEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette to discuss municipal funding opportunities. Read on...
  6. FY 2024 Vibrant Places Program by NJTPA

    NJTPA is now accepting applications for Vibrant Places Program, which provides technical support for local development initiatives. Applications are due by September 30. Read on...
  7. New Rules and Amendments Proposed for NJ Historic Trust Grants

    The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has published proposed rules and amendments related to the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund Grants. Read on...
  8. Creative Aging Initiative Grant Opportunity

    The New Jersey State Council on the Arts (Arts Council) is providing funds through The Creative Aging Initiative Grant (CAI) in the amount of $10,000. Read on...
  9. Governor Murphy Signs Boardwalk Preservations Fund

    Governor Murphy has signed P.L.2023, c.136 into law which establishes the Boardwalk Preservation Fund and appropriates $100 million for renovation and repair costs. Read on...
  10. USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry 2023 Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

    This program works in partnership with State and local forestry agencies, educational institutes, and different kinds of organizations to restore, sustain, and manage more than 140 million acres of urban and community forest lands. Read on...
  11. NJDEP Announces Green Acres Funding

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Green Acres Program has announced its 2024 funding round. Read on...
  12. MWC & NJLM Launches Mental Health Grant Opportunity

    MWC, in partnership with the NJLM, has announced funding opportunities for municipalities working to address local mental health needs. Thanks to the generosity of 15 grants totaling $127,500 will be awarded. Read on...
  13. Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grants

    The United State Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) announced a Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grant. Read on...
  14. Community Wildfire Protection Plan Grants (CWPP’S)

    The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is awarding funding to provide municipalities and communities a cost-share incentive to implement wildfire hazard mitigation practices, as prescribed in a CWPP. Read on...
  15. Spotted Lanternfly Grant Program for Counties and Municipalities

    The NJ Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of grant money to assist counties and municipalities slow the spread and reduce spotted lanternfly populations across the state. Read on...
  16. Featured Grants - June 2023

    The Grant Resource Center is updated monthly with links to available funding resources. This news flash contains links to current open grant opportunities. If you do not see a grant listed, please check back, as the database is updated weekly. Read on...

    The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has announced that grant funds are available to counties and municipalities to battle the spotted lanternfly (SLF). Interested counties and municipalities may apply to receive funds from the Department. Read on...

    The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the launch of the Lead Grant Assistance Program (LGAP) to help municipalities across the state conduct inspections for lead-based paint hazards in residential housing built prior to 1978. Read on...
  19. Stormwater Assistance Grant

    On March 3, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Division of Watershed Protection and Restoration, announced a Stormwater Assistance Grant that will be ongoing until the end of this year. Read on...
  20. USDOT Hosts Discretionary Grant Opportunities Webinar

    The U.S. DOT is hosting a webinar on May 22 at 4 p.m. to discuss upcoming discretionary grant opportunities, including Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES), FHWA Wildlife Crossing Program, and the PROTECT Program. Read on...
  21. U.S. Senate Passed a Clean Version of S.870, the Fire Grants & Safety

    After attempting to attach an amendment that would claw back unobligated American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, the U.S. Senate passed S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act, without any amendments on Thursday. Read on...
  22. Funding Opportunity: USEDA Public Works & Economic Adjustment Assistance

    The U.S. Economic Development Administration (USEDA) issued a FY2023 Federal Funding Opportunity Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY23 PWEAA NOFO). Read on...
  23. USDA Community Facilities Application Processing Webinar

    USDA’s Rural Development is hosting a webinar on March 30 at 10 a.m. for Community Facilities Program funding. This program helps build essential services within your community or for community non-profits. Read on...
  24. EECBG Grant Application Webinars

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) EECBG Program is hosting webinars about voucher options, and DOE technical assistance available to support eligible entities. Read on...
  25. League Hosts USDA Rural Development Webinar

    The League hosted a Lunch and Learn with Jane Asselta, USDA Rural Development New Jersey State Director, who discussed available funding and loans for municipalities. Read on...
  26. League Seeking Information on MS4 Permit Compliance

    The League is asking our members to answer a short survey aimed at gathering information related to individual municipalities efforts to comply with the NJDEP’s new MS4 permit program requirements. Read on...
  27. Reminder: SLFRF Project and Expenditure (P&E) Report Due April 30

    As a reminder, the annual ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Plan (SLFRF) Project and Expenditure (P&E) Report is due on April 30. The portal will open on April 1. Read on...
  28. NJDEP Provides Details on MS4 Permit Compliance Grants

    The NJDEP recently announced the availability of $19 million in grants to help municipalities with the transition to new municipal stormwater permitting requirements. Additional details on these grants are now available. Read on...
  29. NJDEP Hosting Meeting for Mayors on MS4 Grant Program

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) will be hosting an executive information session for mayors to review the recently announced grant program to assist municipalities with the new stormwater permitting requirements. Read on...
  30. Grant Funding Announced for New Jersey Statewide Wellness Campaign

    The National Fitness Campaign (NFC) has announced $300,000 of grant funding to support NJ's municipalities in joining their growing NFC fitness campaign, a campaign which helps to build healthy infrastructure for smart cities and future schools. Read on...
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Sustainable Jersey Announces Grant Funding

August 23, 2018 

The Gardinier Environmental Fund is contributing $150,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey Grants Program cycle for municipal governments and public-school districts. The Gardinier Environmental Fund will fund energy projects focused on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. For this grant cycle, Sustainable Jersey is offering $30,000 and $10,000 grants. Visit for more information about the grant program and details on how to apply. 

Applications are due on October 31, 2018.

Free informational webinar: September 10, 2018 from 3:00-4:00pm
Register for the webinar on Sustainable Jersey's website.

HUD's Lead Hazard Control

August 7, 2018

Through the League’s partnership with the National League of Cities we are sharing this opportunity for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding.

The HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) provides grant funding to remediate lead and healthy home hazards in privately owned single family housing. If your municipality has  a large proportion of occupied Pre 1940 rental housing which is of high risk for lead hazards you are encouraged to reach out to the point of contact at OLHCHH to learn more about how to apply and use the funds that remain available.

An interactive webinar will be held on August 22, 2018 2:00 PM EDT to learn more about this funding opportunity. You may register for the webinar by clicking here.

Visit the program's website for more information on this program. This website contains answers to frequently asked questions, links to additional resources and program updates.

Contact: HUD, Shannon Steinbauer, at, or 202-402-6885.

NLC & U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Webinar on the RIS grant program

July 19, 2018

Join the National League of Cities' (NLC) and program leaders from the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a July 24th  informational webinar to discuss how communities can leverage the 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) grants to support entrepreneurship- and technology-based economic development strategies.

The EDA’s 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Grant Program is accepting applications through August 29. The RIS program is a catalytic national grant program focused on regional capacity-building via entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

In partnership with and support from Schmidt Futures, the NLC’s Innovation Ecosystem Program, helps city leaders promote innovation, entrepreneurship and STEM education through partnerships with businesses, colleges and universities, foundations, entrepreneurs, school districts and community-based organizations. Within the initiative’s first year, the NLC will bring together a new group of cities that have made specific commitments to strengthen their regional innovation ecosystems. To find out more about this program, please email Scott Andes at Email: 877-827-2385

Webinar Details: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Follow this link to register for the webinar 

Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program

July 2, 2018

The US EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) is accepting applications for the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. The US EDA is awarding grants to build regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs. The two funding opportunities currently available:

FY18 i6 Challenge: “creation of centers for innovation and entrepreneurship that increase the rate at which innovations, ideas, intellectual property, and research are translated into products, services, viable companies, and jobs.”

FY18 Seed Fund Support Program: “funding for technical assistance to support the creation, launch, or expansion of equity-based, cluster-focused seed funds that invest regionally-managed risk capital in regionally-based startups with a potential for high growth.”

Application Deadline: August 29.

$10 Million in Grants Available to Improve Water Quality in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

May 23, 2018

The NJDEP is seeking proposals for projects to reduce the input of nutrients, primarily nitrogen, which are transported into the bay by stormwater runoff. Proposals that mitigate nutrients in stormwater in the northern and southern portions of Barnegat Bay will be prioritized. This area has poorer water flow and is more highly developed than the southern bay.

Specific nutrient reduction strategies eligible under the grant program include wetland restoration, living shorelines and other resiliency projects, stormwater infrastructure mapping, stormwater basin retrofits, nutrient and pathogen source tracking, submerged aquatic vegetation and shellfish restoration, and stewardship education projects.

Projects consistent with NJDEP's Barnegat Bay Restoration, Enhancement and Protection Strategy will also be considered, click here to view this strategy.

Watershed Quality Restoration grants are made possible through funds provided under Section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act, Natural Resource Damage settlements the state has secured with polluters, and the state's Corporate Business Tax. Additional funding is also available as low-interest and principal-forgiveness loans through the New Jersey Water Bank, administered by the NJDEP in partnership with the New Jersey Water Infrastructure Bank.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two public information sessions.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018. Click here for more information on this program.

NJDEP Competition for Flood-Resilience Planning Grants

May 23, 2018

The NJDEP has announced a grant competition in which municipalities located in nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy can form teams to compete for $200,000 resilience-planning grants to address coastal and river-related flooding. Resilient NJ is open to all municipalities in the nine Sandy-impacted counties as identified by HUD: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union. Teams may cross county borders.

This grant is part of Resilient NJ, a new program administered through the NJDEP's Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, to identify and implement innovative regional solutions to address coastal and river-related flooding. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing the grant funding as part of its National Disaster Resilience Competition, which works to make communities more flood resilient after major natural disasters.

As many as five regional teams will receive grants of up to $200,000. Teams must be made up of at least three contiguous municipalities and at least one community-based organization. County governments, regional planning commissions and utility authorities are also eligible to participate.

A panel of NJDEP experts will review applications submitted by each team and score them based on a set of criteria. Winning teams will be paired with multidisciplinary consulting teams of planners, engineers, ecologists, designers and other experts to participate in a comprehensive planning process to develop regional Resilience and Adaptation Action Plans and ultimately implement selected actions from those plans.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 20. Click here for more information.

US. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of three grant funding opportunities

April 27, 2018

  • Community Policing Development (CPD) Program
    A competitive grant designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, field-directed law enforcement microgrants, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope. The COPS Office, a federal provider of innovative, customer-focused resources that address the continuing and emerging needs of those engaged in enhancing public safety through community policing, has designed the CPD solicitation to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing. Deadline: June 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT

  • COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program
    A competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids. AHTF funds shall be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. Deadline: June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

  • COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)
    A competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Deadline: June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

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EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Funding Announced

April 16, 2018

The US EPA has announced a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects and is currently seeking Letters of Interest (due July 6). $5.5 billion in WIFIA loans are available. The WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program aiming to accelerate investment in the nation's water infrastructure through long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects, including:

  • Drinking water treatment and distribution projects;
  • Wastewater conveyance and treatment projects;
  • Enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities;
  • Desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply and water recycling projects;
  • Drought prevention, reduction or mitigation projects.

Click here to visit the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) website,

EPA Program Provides Funding for Water Projects

April 5, 2018

Senator Cory Booker has asked us to remind municipal officials the EPA will be announcing the availability of a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects under the EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. EPA is seeking Letters of Interest from prospective borrowers by July 6, 2018. The WIFIA program accelerates investment in our nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. Click here for more information.