WEST ORANGE, NJ - Fifteen municipalities and 35 non-profit organizations received grant awards totaling nearly $5 million.
The grant money was awarded through Community Development Block Grants and the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. The CDBG and ESG programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development. Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo presented the grant awards on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
“Programs supported through the CDBG and ESG programs are direct investments to provide services that enhance our quality of life and help stabilize our neighborhoods by modernizing our infrastructure,” DiVincenzo said. “These federal grants enable us to upgrade our sidewalks and roads, enhance handicap access, address mental health needs, support food pantries, and stimulate economic development in our downtown commercial areas,” he added.
Fifteen municipalities in the Essex County consortium received $3,212,216. Grant monies will be used for roadway repavement, improve handicapped accessbility in public venues, and upgrade sidewalks.
$1,499,216 was awarded to non-profit community organizations to assist in facility renovations, vehicle purchases, vocational training, senior services, foreclosure prevention, medical testing, counseling and education, and food pantries.
Three West Orange non-profit organizations were not included in the charts provided by the county. They are: Whittlesey Avenue Street Reconstruction, $276,300; Main Street Counseling - Accessible Mental Health Program, $10,000; and the Bethany Center - After School Program, $65,000.
The Emergency Solutions Grant program awarded $324,563 to renovate shelters, assist housing programs, and homeless shelters.
Municipalities and non-profit organizations that apply for grants are required to meet specific criteria to qualify. The criteria is set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds are separate from the County operating budget.
To see a complete list of grant recipients, see the three charts attached to this article.