The NGO Micro-Grant Program provided financial assistance to non-governmental organizations to meaningfully participate in the planning processes that led to the development of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) (The Plan) for Northern New Jersey. Through the NGO Micro-Grant Program, TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY partnered with community-based organizations, including community development corporations, social service and 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 funded various activities to support participation in the regional planning process and to advance the RPSD’s development. Grant recipients could also undertake small planning studies that focused on 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 applicants were 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, or 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.
Grant recipients had to provide support for specified outreach processes to participate in the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. They were able 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.
The NGO Micro-Grant program distributed grants in the amount of $15,000-$20,000 with 8 grants being awarded. All work activities funded under the NGO Micro-Grant Program have been completed.