ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced on Wednesday the award of a $140,000 Neighborhood Preservation COVID-19 Relief Grant to Elizabeth. The grant aims to promote the continued recovery and revitalization of NPP communities from the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding for eligible coronavirus response activities with a special emphasis on supporting impacted small businesses.

“Governor Murphy and I recognize how important it is that Neighborhood Preservation Program communities receive funding during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we have allocated federal coronavirus aid to them,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “The grant funding will be used to help these neighborhoods, which are particularly vulnerable to the crisis, recover faster by investing in their small businesses and in activities meant to draw people to live, work, and visit these places.”

The relief grants are funded by an allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. At least 60 percent of the funding is for business uses and must be distributed to small businesses located in their NPP neighborhood district boundaries with other funding dedicated to district-wide improvements that benefit both the local business and residential communities.

For Elizabeth, the $140,000 grant will be used for small businesses for rent/mortgage/COVID loss support, as well as district-wide PPE and COVID-prevention equipment.