City of Perth Amboy

Grants up to $3,500 available for local businesses impacted by COVID-19 on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Perth Amboy COVID-19 Small Business Grant Application is currently open.

Middlesex County

Middlesex County has created a Small Business Grant program to assist small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus.

The primary purpose of this program is to prepare, prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to develop viable communities through the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and the expansion of economic opportunities, principally for the benefit of persons of low and moderate income

The CDBG-CV program was created under the federal CARES Act in a response to the economic impact the COVID-19 virus has had on the nation.​ It is a part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program which is a federal formula-allocated grant program administered by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Grants of up to $30,000 may be available. The individual grant is based on application review and the number of applicants. Small businesses that are not funded under this opportunity, may be considered for subsequent COVID-19 relief available to the County.

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Independently or family-owned businesses with no more than 10 employees
  • Businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Businesses with a net annual business income of less than $100,000 based on their last federal tax return
  • Businesses located and operating in Middlesex County (except Edison, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, and Woodbridge.
  • Businesses that employ and will retain or will hire Low and Moderate Income (LMI*) persons for jobs that don’t require specialized training or education beyond a high school diploma

*LMI – HUD guidelines require that LMI be determined by the actual household income of person who has or obtains the job. It is not determined by the pay rate of a particular job. (See information sheet for definition and income guidelines [PDF]​).

Start your application for the Middlesex County CDBG-CV Small Business Grant​.

For Technical Assistance or additional information regarding the CDBG-CV Grant, please feel free to contact the County’s Housing Division at 732-745-3025.

Jersey City

The Jersey City COVID-19 Relief Fund will begin allocating funds to address the following priorities:

COVID-19 Relief Funds: Community – Based Nonprofits & Arts Community

  • JC Community-based Organization Relief Fund: This fund is for Jersey City community-based non-profit organizations directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to address losses in revenue and COVID-19 related costs.
  • JC Arts/Artist Relief Fund: This Fund is for Jersey City arts organizations and artist community members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to address losses in revenue/income and COVID-19 related costs. This Fund will be administered in collaboration with the JC Arts Council.

JC COVID-19 Program Grant Support for Youth, Arts and Hardship Relief Programming

  • JC 2020 Summer Youth Program Grant: Jersey City community-based non-profit organizations to develop and implement summer youth recreation, enrichment and employment programs, with a focus on outdoor activities that address public health social distancing guidance;
  • JC Hardship Relief Program Grant: Jersey City community-based non-profits to provide dire services and grant support to income-eligible residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including programming that addresses food insecurity, rental assistance, landlord-tenant and other legal services, benefits counseling, immigrant rights and other related services; and
  • JC Arts Program Grant: Jersey City arts organizations to develop and implement visual and performing arts programming, with a priority on programming that enhances public spaces, commercial district re-opening and/or offers arts education to youth.

Organizations interested in applying for JC COVID-19 Relief Fund support must submit applications (including all required information, proposed narratives and supportive documentation) to the JCEDC at jcedc.org within the timelines below. Applications and instructions will be posted on jcedc.org according to the schedule below. Applicant qualifications and requirements may be found by clicking the button for each category.

Only one application will be accepted from each organization.

  • JC 2020 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM GRANT: Applications will be posted on Monday, June 1, 2020. Applications must be submitted on or before Friday, June 12, 2020. Only qualified entities will be eligible. Awardees will be notified by Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
  • JC COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION RELIEF FUND: Applications will be posted on Monday, June 8, 2020. Applications must be submitted on or before Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Only qualified entities will be eligible. Awardees will be notified by June 26, 2020.
  • JC ARTS/ARTIST RELIEF FUND & JC ARTS PROGRAM GRANT: Applications will be posted on Monday, June 15, 2020. Applications must be submitted on or before July 1, 2020. Only qualified entities will be eligible. Awardees will be notified by July 15, 2020.
  • JC HARDSHIP RELIEF FUND GRANTS: By invitation only. Interested nonprofits may submit letters of interest on or before June 24, 2020.

Please note: these dates may be subject to minor modifications.

Updated: June 23, 2020

Source: NJEDA

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