NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city will receive $125,000 as part of the Neighborhood Preservation Program grant, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver announced today.

New Brunswick was one 20 municipalities statewide selected for the grant.

In all, about $2.5 million in Neighborhood Preservation Program grants were issued and nearly $350,000 in Main Street New Jersey grants were issued to 17 Main Street district organizations throughout the state.

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The grants from both programs are earmarked to help improve the quality of life for New Jersey residents by assisting communities with their downtown and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

This year marks the first time in its 30-year history that the MSNJ Program has awarded grants to designated MSNJ district organizations around the state.

Also, it is 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 Phil Murphy administration to commit more resources to community revitalization programs that focus on small businesses and neighborhood improvement projects. 

“We are renewing our commitment to community revitalization and to these worthwhile programs after years of neglect by the previous administration. Governor Murphy and I recognize how important these programs are to the economic and social health of our communities, which is why we have invested significant resources in them,” said Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “The grant funding will be used to create places filled with energy and ambiance that draw people to live, work and visit. We can’t wait to see how they positively impact neighborhoods and downtowns around the state.”

Today’s announcement took place on the front lawn of the Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, which received a $125,000 NPP grant and a $24,000 MSNJ grant. The town, which has the second longest-running Main Street program in the state, will use its MSNJ grant to continue work on the Hammonton ArtsWalk, which will provide an outdoor gathering space downtown featuring kinetic art, seating, lighting, landscaping and water features.

The NPP program provides direct financial and technical assistance to municipalities over a three- to five-year period to conduct activities that strengthen threatened but viable neighborhoods through local planning, community participation, and building local capacity and coordination.

Eligible grant activities include community development planning, commercial retail and residential property renovations, code enforcement, historic preservation, support of community/neighborhood organizations, and public facilities improvement.

Municipal grantees had to show a commitment of resources from the neighborhood and municipality, as well as support from community organizations and residents.