Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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 the funder’s requirements must be met.
BRS has identified grant funding sources and prepared grant applications for numerous clients. One such client was the Borough of Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Before beginning any research, BRS worked with Point Pleasant to discern funding priorities for the community. In 2007, BRS researched open space planning funding opportunities for Point Pleasant.
This research resulted in a list of 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.
As a result this research, BRS wrote successful grant applications on behalf of Point Pleasant. One application resulted in a $5,000 Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program Mini-grant to fund local environmental education activities. The Borough also received a $6,000 Smart Growth Planning Grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions for the development of a Natural Resources Inventory and an Open Space and Recreation Plan. Point Pleasant ultimately contracted with BRS to develop the plans and administer these grants after they were awarded.