(WOODBURY, NJ)- Gloucester County Commissioner Deputy Director Heather Simmons has announced two new recovery grant opportunities available to Gloucester County municipalities, non-profits and local businesses.
“Both of these grant programs are valuable opportunities for local municipalities and nonprofit organizations,” said Simmons, who serves as Liaison to Economic Development. “The Public Facilities and Infrastructure Activities for Municipalities and Non-Profits Grant supports organizations in their efforts to study and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Additionally, the Youth Summer Employment RFP is an opportunity for nonprofit agency, business or school to partner with the county to create a career focused proposal for grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor to enhance our WIOA youth career services,” said Commissioner Director Frank DiMarco, “I encourage interested organizations to see if this program is a fit for their business. This is a great opportunity to partner with the county on career driven summer employment programs for our youth."
Simmons noted that both grant opportunities stemmed from recommendations made by the 75-member Gloucester County Economic Recovery Collaborative. Simmons convened that team of community stakeholders in 2021 to address regional recovery priorities.
The Gloucester County Department of Economic Development is available to assist with questions or applications to the grants available. For additional information, interested entities may visit https://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/397/Economic-Development or call 856-384-6930.
Details on both grants and the links to the Bid Postings are below:
Public Facilities and Infrastructure Activities for Municipalities and Non-Profits Grant
Gloucester County CDBG-CV Capital Improvement Program can help applicants prepare successful proposals. All projects must have a direct, documented connection to the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must prepare for, prevent the spread, or respond to the impacts of COVID-19 or future coronavirus variants.
Up to $900,000 is available under this Program. Unlike traditional CDBG funds received by the County of Gloucester, this funding allocation has been awarded to the County by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs via the CARES Act. Eligible applicants are Gloucester County municipalities and nonprofit corporations with community facilities and housing units located in Gloucester County.
Bid Posting: https://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/bids.aspx?bidID=272
Youth Summer Employment Grant
The County of Gloucester issues this Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify and select qualified sub-recipients for the delivery of In-School Youth (ISY) and Out-of-School (OSY) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) services to individuals ages 16 to 24 that meet eligibility guidelines under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The potential sub-recipient must be willing to acknowledge that the Gloucester County WDB and the American Job Center will be the lead agency and will be responsible for submitting the SYEP application to NJDOL by February 3, 2023.
The grant is expected to begin on April 1, 2023. All funds must be fully expended by October 31, 2023.
The programming for the delivery of SYEP services should be made available to the youth as soon as funding is made available and the contract is implemented. The County will not participate in start-up costs or planning initiatives.
Bid Posting: https://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/bids.aspx?bidID=271
Pictured: Gloucester County Commissioner Deputy Director Heather Simmons discusses the Public Facilities and Infrastructure Activities for Municipalities and Non-Profits Grant and Youth Summer Employment Grant at recent Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce events