Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, New Jersey

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The receipt of public and private funding is key to allowing organizations and projects thrive, particularly in the current economy. But writing grant applications is the second step in the process; the first step is to identify and prioritize grant opportunities. After the grant is awarded, the funding must be administered and all requirements must be met.

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BRS has identified grant funding sources and prepared grant applications for numerous clients. One such client was the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) in New Jersey. Before beginning any research, BRS worked with the JCRA to discern funding priorities for the organization. In 2007, BRS researched funding sources for park development and bike and pedestrian trail planning/development in an effort to identify potential funding sources for the JCRA's Berry Lane project. This research resulted in a list of more than ten viable potential grant and technical assistance sources. For each program, BRS provided:

  • A description of the program and eligible activities;
  • Information on the amount and type of funding available, including details on requisite matches;
  • A description of the funding cycle, if available;
  • Information on eligible program applicants; and
  • Contact information.

The JCRA has received funding from the Hudson County Open Space fund, Green Acres, US EPA and ANJEC. The JCRA also contracted with BRS to administer several of these grants after they were awarded.