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Upcoming Tax Credit and Fair Housing Training

April 10, 2024

Learn about tax credits and fair housing at a two-day course from the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, May 16-17th, 2024 in Hamilton. The cost is $430. Register by April 19th, 2024. Contact Johanna Peña at jpena@njhmfa.gov with questions. This training is a two-day refresher course designed for those who are already Tax Credit Certified.


Participate in the Single-Use Bag and Foam Product Rules Process

April 10, 2024

Proposed new rules will regulate single-use plastic and paper bags and polystyrene foam food service products to better protect our environment. Businesses and residents are invited to participate in the rules process through an upcoming public hearing on May 1st, 2024. 


Input Wanted for Statewide Employee Ownership Program

April 10, 2024

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has released a Request for Information (RFI) to gather best practices and address challenges in developing an Employee Ownership program. Businesses, Employee-Owned entities, researchers, and anyone with relevant experience, including experts outside of New Jersey, are welcome to provide input.


Loan Guarantees for Investors in Innovation-Focused Companies

February 15, 2024

Existing investors supporting early-stage, innovation-focused companies in New Jersey can receive guarantees on their loans from the NJ Entrepreneur Support Program. The program provides guarantees at 80% of the loan amount totaling a maximum of $500,000 to a company on investor loans advanced for working capital to businesses.

Completed applications from investors and the company for guarantees will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, including the ability to consider multiple guarantees per company towards the $400,000 company exposure cap.

Please review the program website at www.njeda.com/njesp for further information and to determine your eligibility for the program.


Funding Opportunities for Faith Based and Community Organizations

February 9, 2024

Faith and community-based organizations (FBCOs) can leverage several grant programs offered by the New Jersey Office of Faith-Based Initiatives (OFBI) to enhance their services and reach within the community.

Freedom School Planning Grants: These grants aid organizations in the planning stages of establishing NJ Freedom Schools. The funding supports efforts to assess organizational capacity, build infrastructure, recruit certified teachers, and develop parent-focused educational resources. Organizations must form a Freedom School Leadership Team to guide the planning process and engage in mandatory OFBI training.

Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship Development (SE2D) Project: SE2D offers two types of grants: 'Growth' for existing social ventures looking to expand and 'Start-up' for new ventures in the early stages of development. Growth grants require ventures to be revenue-generating and in operation for 1-3 years, while Start-up grants focus on intensive training and business plan development.

Special Projects: This category includes:

  • Civic and Community Engagement: Projects that educate residents on effective community collaboration and advocacy, with activities like organizing training and immigration services.
  • Food Security: Projects supporting organizations providing consistent food services at least four times a week to reduce food insecurity.
  • Services to Seniors: Projects that support aging in place, preventing isolation, and improving the quality of life for low-income seniors.

Social Innovation: This category includes:

  • College Readiness: Help students aged 16-25 gain access to college or trade schools, covering costs like application fees and arranging college tours.
  • Trade Skills Readiness: Educate and provide access to trade schools and apprenticeships for individuals aged 16-30, including paid internships and trade fairs.
  • Youth Entrepreneurship: Develop entrepreneurial skills in middle and high school students and provide startup capital for their business ideas.
  • S.T.E.A.M.: Encourage at-risk youth to explore careers in STEM fields through hands-on experience and education in low-income communities.

Project ATLAS: This capacity-building program offers grants, technical assistance, and coaching to strengthen the sustainability of FBCOs. It focuses on enhancing organizational viability and the capacity to provide quality social services. The program involves forming a leadership team, working with a coach to develop sustainability assessments, and implementing a pilot project based on community needs.

How to Apply

An organized application supported by documentation helps OFBI evaluate your project more quickly. Here’s a quick overview of submitting a successful application.

  1. Confirm Your Eligibility: Verify your organization's eligibility as a non-profit Faith and/or Community-Based Organization serving low-income residents, with the necessary tax-exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Your organization must be registered with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. Confirm that you have a current Charity Registration Number, Business Revenue Number, and good standing with the Business Service Center.
  2. Document Preparation: Collect all required documentation, including the IRS Determination Letter and Certificate of Incorporation.
  3. Participate in Training: Attend the OFBI's technical assistance training webinars for insight into the grant application process.
  4. Application Submission: Complete the application via the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE) before the deadline.
  5. Develop a Comprehensive Proposal: Draft a detailed proposal that includes an overview of your organization, a project summary that aligns with the OFBI's mission, and a clear depiction of organizational capacity.
  6. Highlight Potential Partnerships: While not required, if applicable, describe any collaborative relationships that could enhance your project's reach and effectiveness.
  7. Outline Project Details: Provide a thorough description of your project, including design, target population, project goals, and methods of evaluation.
  8. Ready Post-Award Actions: If awarded, be prepared to engage in necessary communication, adhere to reporting schedules, and fulfill all post-award requirements as outlined by the OFBI.

Applications are due February 23rd, 2024 at 4:00pm.


Learn to Finance Residential and Commercial Development

February 9, 2024

Residential and commercial developers can learn about financing options and tools at a Project Finance Workshop at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton on February 27th, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuition is $50.


Help New Jersey Develop Arts Funding Programs

February 9, 2024

Artists, arts organizations, and similar entities can inform the development of funding solutions and programs to support the arts and culture sector.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) wants to better understand the challenges faced by arts and culture businesses, institutions, and entrepreneurs in accessing capital with a request for information.

Submit your response in writing via email to ArtsCulture@njeda.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on February 13th, 2024. The email subject line should state: "RFI Response-2023-RFI-193 Capital for Arts & Culture".


Nueva Jersey reduce las restricciones para las cervecerías y los fabricantes de bebidas artesanales

January 25, 2024

Una nueva ley proporciona mayor flexibilidad a las cervecerías, destilerías, y otros fabricantes de bebidas artesanales para sus operaciones. Estas son las disposiciones clave:

  • Servicio al aire libre: los fabricantes de bebidas artesanales pueden servir alcohol al aire libre en con la aprobación de su municipio local.
  • Eventos en el establecimiento y fuera de él: los titulares de licencia pueden celebrar eventos en su establecimiento de forma ilimitada y pueden celebrar hasta 25 eventos fuera de su establecimiento al año sin necesidad de solicitar permisos para cada evento.
  • Límite de producción: el límite anual para los titulares de licencias restringidas de cervecerías se ha aumentado hasta los 300,000 barriles.
  • Colaboración con proveedor de alimentos: los fabricantes de bebidas artesanales pueden formar colaboraciones con proveedores de alimentos, siempre y cuando las operaciones de los fabricantes de bebidas artesanales y las de los proveedores de alimentos se realicen de forma independiente.
  • Venta de snacks y bebida no alcohólicas: los fabricantes tienen ahora permitida la venta de snack envasados y de bebidas no alcohólicas.
  • Eventos televisados: la emisión de eventos televisados en el establecimiento ya no requiere un permiso especial para los fabricantes.
  • Venta de productos: la venta de productos relacionados con el fabricante, como la ropa con su marca, ahora está permitida.

El requisito previo de realizar recorridos educativos como condición para la venta en establecimientos se ha eliminado. Para los detalles completos sobre cómo estos cambios pueden afectar a su negocio de bebidas artesanas, por favor consulte el texto completo de la legislación o busque asesoría legal profesional.


Licencias para venta de alcohol en Nueva Jersey: Úsela o la perderá

January 25, 2024

A partir del 1 de agosto de 2024, los titulares de licencias para la venta de bebidas alcohólicas en Nueva Jersey deberían conocer las nuevas provisiones que afectarán a las licencias inactivas. Una licencia inactiva es aquella que no se ha usado durante dos periodos consecutivos de la licencia. Para evitar su vencimiento, los titulares de las licencias deben usar su licencia o transferirla. Los municipios pueden ofrecer un periodo de extensión de un año.

Se recomienda a los titulares de licencias que se familiaricen con las opciones para activas o transferir sus licencias para evitar su pérdida. Hay información detallada sobre estos procesos aquí, junto con orientación sobre cómo navegar la nueva ley y mantener su licencia.


Transferencia de licencias de venta de alcohol en Nueva Jersey: Una guía para titulares de licencias

January 25, 2024

Cambios próximos en las regulaciones de las licencias de venta de bebidas alcohólicas en Nueva Jersey pueden requerir que los titulares de licencias inactivas tomen medidas. A partir del 1 de agosto de 2024, si una licencia no se ha usado durante dos periodos de licencia consecutivos, el titular puede perder su licencia. Sin embargo, hay opciones para transferir la licencia y prevenir su vencimiento.

Transferencia de una licencia para venta de bebidas alcohólicas inactiva:

  1. Activar en una nueva ubicación: los titulares de licencias pueden reactivar su licencia usándola en un nuevo establecimiento dentro del mismo municipio, sujeto a las regulaciones y requisitos de zonificación.
  2. Transferir a un municipio contiguo: los titulares de licencias pueden optar por transferir su licencia a un municipio vecino para su uso en un área designada de reurbanización, mejora o revitalización. Ambos municipios deben aprobar la transferencia, que puede estar sujeta a una tarifa.
  3. Extensión por un año: los municipios tienen la autoridad para conceder una extensión de un año del periodo de inactividad, dando a los titulares de licencias tiempo adicionar para preparar su licencia para el uso o transferencia.

Los titulares de licencia afectados deberían adoptar las medidas oportunas para usar o transferir sus licencias inactivas.

Formación para la educación vocacional PACE
Date Updated:
December 6, 2023

El programa Pre-Aprendizaje en Educación Profesional (PACE, por sus siglas en inglés) tiene como objetivo adaptar mejor la educación secundaria, postsecundaria, de adultos y la formación ocupacional para satisfacer las demandas laborales exclusivas de Nueva Jersey y desarrollar trayectorias profesionales que conduzcan a salarios económicamente sostenibles.

Los programas financiados a través de PACE proporcionan educación y formación conduciendo a alguno de los siguientes resultados:

  1. Admisión a un programa de Aprendizaje Registrado del USDOL
  2. Admisión a una facultad de educación postsecundaria, o formación profesional específica
  3. Empleo con un salario inicial no inferior a los $15 por hora

Start Date:

Programa de Mejora de Centros de Cuidado Infantil
Date Updated:
December 6, 2023

El Programa de Mejora de Centros de Cuidado Infantil proporciona subvenciones a los proveedores de cuidado infantil de Nueva Jersey que proporcionan entornos de aprendizaje infantil de alta calidad.

Los solicitudes se limitan a una por cada ubicación de centro con licencia DCF, y dos por Número de Identificación de Entidad (EIN).

Start Date:

November 15, 2022
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