Approaches to meeting present and future environmental, social and economic needs.
Funding OpportunitiesMunicipalities have a variety of sources they can look to for funding in the sustainability initiatives. Grants and loans are available for a wide variety of projects, from energy audits and stream restoration to open space planning and historic restoration and preservation.
- Green Communities Grant Under the New Jersey Shade Tree & Community Forestry Assistance Act of 1996, the New Jersey Community Forestry Program awards Green Community Grants of $3,000 to communities for the development of comprehensive community forestry management plans. The funding allows a county or municipality to hire an outside firm to assist in the production of a community forestry management plan. Green Communities Grant applications are available annually in the Summer/Fall with an application deadline in the first week of December.
- Local Government Energy Audit New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program will pay up to 100 percent of the cost of energy audits for county and municipal government buildings.
- NJ State Agriculture Development Committee Farmland Preservation ProgramPlanning Incentive Grants (PIG) are offered to municipalities for the purchase of development easement to permanently protect large blocks of contiguous farmland. Municipalities must have a farmland preservation plan element in the master plan and establish and maintain a dedicated source of funding or alternative means of funding farmland preservation.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has variety of grants available to governments, public and private groups and individuals.
- Highlands Conformance The New Jersey Highlands Council has an active grants program by which it provides funds for projects that promote the goals of the Highlands Act or further the Regional Master Plan.
The Highlands Council currently has four active grant programs: Agriculture, Transfer of Development Rights Feasibility, Initial Assessment and Plan Conformance grants.
- Discover NJ History License Plate Fund
- Revolving Loan Fund
- Emergency Grant and Loan Fund
Provides support and protection for historic resources through several categories of grants.
Open Space Preservation
- NJDEP Coastal Blue Acres Loans and Grants Funding is available to municipalities in certain coastal areas to acquire storm-damaged property for future storm protection and recreation and conservation purposes. Defines coastal areas as those within the CAFRA zone.
- Local Tire Management Program Fund Grants To properly cleanup abandoned tire pile sites. This program is currently not funded.
- EPA Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program provides quick, targeted technical assistance to communities that are attempting to develop in a more economically and environmentally sustainable manner. The Building Blocks assistance tools include the Walking Audit, Sustainable Land Use Code Audit and Complete Streets.
- Grants to Green Communities The Enterprise Foundation is offering grants to Green Communities to help cover the costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits.
- The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) In collaboration with the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, SARE offers competitive grants for model projects that others can replicate to strengthen the position of sustainable agriculture as it affects community economic development. Proposals must address key issues such as finance, marketing, land use, water use, enterprise development, value-added activities, and labor. Starting with the 2010 award cycle, these grants will be capped at $15,000.
- Sustainable Jersey Funding and resources to municipalities to aid in actions toward certification under the Sustainable Jersey program. Small grants program funds greening and sustainability initiatives to help communities improve the quality of life for their residents.
- New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Transportation Enhancement GrantsGrants are provided through the NJDOT for local and county projects that improve the aesthetic and cultural qualities of transportation in New Jersey. Projects may include the creation of bicycle and pedestrian trails, restoration of historic canals, historic train station rehabilitation, improvements of downtown streetscapes and others.
- National Recreational Trails Program Financial assistance is available for developing and maintaining trails and trail facilities. Trails can be for non-motorized, multi-use and motorized purposes. Trail facility must be public land or private land with an easement for public recreational use. The 2012 round of grant applications will be available in September of 2011.
- Safe Routes to School Program The goal of New Safe Routes to School Program is to assist New Jersey communities in developing and implementing projects and programs that encourage walking and bicycling to school while enhancing the safety of these trips.
- Local Bikeway Program In an effort to establish regionally connected bicycle networks, this program is available to every municipality and county throughout New Jersey. Although priority will be given to construction of new bike paths, the proposed construction or delineation of any new bicycle facility will be considered.
Water Quality/Watershed Protection
- NJDEP Nonpoint Source Pollution To provide grants to conduct nonpoint source management in the 20 watershed management areas in New Jersey.
- Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program To provide low-interest loans to finance the costs of infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements and to protect the public health in conformance and objectives of the SDWA.
- New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program This Program provides low cost loans to municipalities for the construction of environmental infrastructure projects that can include wastewater systems, drinking water supplies, stormwater control and open space acquisition and conservation that preserves water quality and quantity. All parcels to be funded can only allow passive recreation and must demonstrate a water quality benefit. Loans are also available to municipalities, usually not less than $200,000.
- Pinelands Infrastructure Trust Financing Program Municipalities can receive funding for wastewater treatment facilities to accommodate existing and future needs in the 23 designated Pinelands Regional Growth Areas.
- Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center offers funding through the IPM Partnership Grants Program. Funds are available for a maximum of $30,000 per project for northeastern public and private institutions or organizations, businesses and individuals. Eligible projects must advance integrated pest management
For more information on any of these programs please contact the ANJEC Resource Center or call 975-5397547.