The Murphy Administration announced a change Thursday in the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Municipal Aid Grant cycle to help municipalities plan and construct important infrastructure projects.
NJDOT is also creating a Local Aid Resource Center to support local public agencies, fulfilling a pledge to offer proactive assistance.
The Department will be modifying the application schedule by making Municipal Aid funds available sooner. The vast majority of towns and cities operate on a calendar fiscal year running from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.
By announcing these grants in November, projects receiving awards can be incorporated into upcoming municipal budgets, providing more certainty for local government officials.
Since January 2018, NJDOT has awarded $821 million in grants to municipalities and counties. Gov. Phil Murphy Murphy called on NJDOT to find a way to accelerate the municipal grant awards program to help relieve property tax burden and to make important local infrastructure improvements. With the 2020 grants accelerated, and on schedule to be awarded later this year, NJDOT will have handed out nearly $1.2 billion to local governments in the Murphy administration’s first 18 months.
Applications will be accepted from May 13, through July 19, with the intent to announce new grant recipients in November.
This applies to the $151.25 million Municipal Aid grant program with an additional $10 million for Urban Aid, as well as to the Bikeways, Safe Streets to Transit, and Transit Village grant programs – each of which has $1 million available to local communities.
“This updated grant cycle and center dedicated to assisting local communities is very good news for New Jersey’s mayors and municipal engineers,” Murphy said in a press release. “By announcing these grants in November, projects receiving awards can be incorporated into upcoming municipal budgets, providing more certainty for local government officials.”