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Last updated – July 2013: NGO Micro-Grant Recipients are hosting Discovery Phase Workshops in their neighborhoods from July-September 2013.  Come and join us at a workshop – check the schedule of Discovery Phase Workshops for one near you, and you can also read the results of the workshops!


The NGO Micro-Grant Program will provide financial assistance to non-governmental organizations to meaningfully participate in the planning processes that will lead to the development of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) for Northern New Jersey.  Through the NGO Micro-Grant Program,  TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY will partner with community-based organizations, including community development corporations, social service social service, faith-based institutions, or other groups at the local level that regularly interact with, are trusted by, and include members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Funded via a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program, the NGO Micro-Grant Program will fund various activities to support participation in the regional planning process and to advance the RPSD’s development.  Grant recipients may also undertake small planning studies that focus upon neighborhood revitalization and designing and planning the built environment to promote  health and well-being, safe neighborhoods, and active transportation (e.g., bicycling, walking, safe routes to transit, schools and recreation).

Eligible Recipients:  Community-based organizations whose primary mission is to work on behalf of low-income or minority populations, persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), persons with disabilities, underprivileged youth and seniors or who work in communities with high concentrations of  these traditionally underrepresented populations.   Eligible grant recipients must be located or work in one of the 13 counties of Northern New Jersey, including:  Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.

Purpose of Funds:  Grant recipients must provide support for specified outreach processes to participate in the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.  They may use a portion of their remaining grant funds for local planning activities consistent with the goals of the study that are focused on neighborhood revitalization,  active transportation/active living, and capacity building.

Total Funding Available and Period of Performance:  The NGO Micro-Grant program will distribute grants in the amount of $15,000-$20,000 with about 7-10 grants being awarded. All work activities funded under the NGO Micro-Grant Program will need to be completed by September 15, 2014.  Rutgers-Bloustein will establish a service agreement with grant recipients for conducting eligible activities.

Application Process:  Eligible grant recipients wishing to participate in the program submitted a grant application proposal to Rutgers-Bloustein. Applications were reviewed by the NGO Micro-Grant Subcommittee which has the authority to recommend approval, modification, or denial of applications based upon the extent to which the applications meet the program guidelines.

Eligible Funding Activities:  Further information about grant, the program goals, eligible activities, key deadlines and contracting requirements are described in the Notice of Funding Availability and Request for Proposal.  An information meeting was scheduled and held with interested grant recipients and the date of this event was posted on this website and identified in the Notice of Funding Availability.

Information Session:  An information session was held on January 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Policy, located at 33 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ.

Register for “Notice of Funding Availability” Communications: NGO organizations are encouraged to register their organization on the TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY website to ensure receipt of subsequent communications related to the Notice (e.g., Addenda, Frequently Asked Questions, etc.).  Click here to be placed on our mailing list. 

Award and Contract Information: Rutgers is the administrative and fiscal agent for Together North Jersey and the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant which will be the source of funding for the NGO Micro-Grant Program.  Rutgers will enter into a subcontract agreement with NGO grant award recipients.   Because the NGO Micro-Grant Program is funded through a US HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, prospective grant recipients will be subject to “flow-down” provisions of that grant.

  • A Service Agreement that will be signed by both the grant recipient and Rutgers can be downloaded here:  Draft Service Agreement
  • A spreadsheet with the preferred format for the Estimated Budget (Appendix A) can be downloaded here: Cost and Hours Estimate Budget
  • The terms and conditions of the US HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant can be found here: Terms and Conditions

Organizations awarded NGO Micro-Grants must execute the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to join Together North Jersey (formerly known as the North Jersey Sustainable Communities Consortium) before their contract can be finalized and proceed with grant activities.  An MOU to join Together North Jersey can be found here.

Questions –  Questions about eligible activities and submission requirements for the NGO Micro-Grant Program can be directed to:

David Aimen, P.P., AICP
Assistant Director, Planning and Technical Assistance
Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Phone: (848) 932-2855

Arnold Cohen
Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
Phone: (609) 393-3752 (ext. 16)

Questions may be also submitted in writing and should be directed to the attention of Sara Vecchio, by email at   All questions and answers will be posted to participants via email as an addendum to this Notice of Funding Availability and Request for Proposal.