ELIZABETH, NJ - Earlier this week Acting Governor Sheila Y. Oliver announced the award of $2.5 million in Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) grants to 20 municipalities in New Jersey. The grants will help improve the quality of life for New Jersey residents by assisting communities with their neighborhood revitalization efforts.  

The goal of the program’s longer-term commitment is to help towns build their local management capacity so that when the grant funding ends, they have the ability and the partnerships to sustain the work and keep making improvements. Municipal grantees had to show a commitment of resources from the neighborhood and municipality, as well as support from community organizations and residents.  

The City of Elizabeth is one of the recipients of the award of $125,000.

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"The Neighborhood Preservation Program Grant will assist in our on-going efforts of concentrating on restoring homes and assessing community property viability within the Historic Midtown District for planning and rebuilding,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “The DCA has been a great partner in providing funding to help municipalities like ours, develop essential community related projects. Together, we can continue to build a brighter future for Elizabeth- block by block.  We thank Lt. Governor Oliver and the State of New Jersey for their support.”

This year marks the first time in 11 years that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded NPP grants. The grant funding is part of a larger effort by the Murphy Administration to commit more resources to community revitalization programs that focus on small businesses and neighborhood improvement projects. 

“We are so proud to reinvigorate the Neighborhood Preservation Program after more than a decade of dormancy,” said Acting Governor Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “By re-instating funding for this critical initiative, Governor Murphy and I are demonstrating our responsibility as a state to empower and strengthen our communities with the economic tools they need to create an economy that lifts all families and residents. The grant funding is a recognition that the program works and that it routinely reports an excellent return on investment.”

For more information on NPP, visit https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/np.html

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