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Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program

The Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program is an incentive for developers and businesses to address revenue gaps in residential or commercial development projects. The original program closed for applications in 2019, but the program has been reopened for applications under the Economic Recovery Act of 2020.

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Residential and commercial development projects located in a qualifying incentive area that meet all other program eligibility criteria.

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Tax credits or grant reimbursements up to 20% of eligible project costs plus bonuses.

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Edison Innovation Angel Growth Fund

Edison Innovation Angel Growth Fund provides funding to early stage, emerging technology businesses matched with an outside equity investors within the last 90 days.

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Angel supported technology companies with minimum trailing 12 month commercial revenues of $250,000. The company must employ 75% of its W-2 employees in NJ or commit to growing 10 high-paying jobs over two years.

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Up to $250,000 in growth capital matched with outside investors on a 1 to 2 basis.

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Edison Innovation Growth Stars Fund

Edison Innovation Growth Stars Fund provides funding to early stage, emerging technology businesses matched with an outside equity investors within the last 90 days.

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Venture capital-supported technology companies with minimum trailing 12-month commercial revenues of at least $2 million that have previously received assistance through the Edison Innovation Fund. The company must employ 75% of its W-2 employees in NJ or commit to growing 10 high-paying jobs over two years.

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Follow-on funding of up to $500,000. Businesses must have received an Edison Innovation VC Growth Fund investment and be in good standing.

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Edison Innovation VC Growth

Edison Innovation VC Growth Fund provides funding to early stage, emerging technology businesses matched with an outside equity investors within the last 90 days.

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Venture capital supported New Jersey-based technology companies with a minimum trailing 12-month commercial revenues of $500,000. This revenue amount must exceed the amount of the potential Edison Innovation Fund investment amount. The company must employ 75% of its W-2 employees in NJ or commit to growing 10 high-paying jobs over 2 years.

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Up to $1 million in growth capital matched with outside investors on a 1 to 1 basis.

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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grants

Businesses can receive grant money to help build electric vehicle charging infrastructure on their New Jersey properties.

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Eligibility varies widely for each program. Visit the program website for details.

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Benefits vary by program. Some programs offer up to $200,000 per location.

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Emerge Program: Per-job Tax Credits

The Emerge Program provides per-job tax credits to projects in targeted communities that invest private capital into New Jersey and create new full time jobs or retain significant number of jobs in Governor Phil Murphy’s priority sectors versus an out of state alternative location.

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Companies that meet the program minimums for new job creation or retained jobs, are located in an eligible incentive location, and can demonstrate the award of tax credits is a key factor in their decision to locate in New Jersey versus an out of state alternative location.

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Annual base per-new job tax credits from $500 to $8,000 per job per year depending on project location and other aspects of the project. Bonuses are also available on project location, industry, and alignment with other policy objectives. Jobs that are covered by a labor harmony agreement are eligible for an additional $1,000 bonus over the capped amounts.

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Film Tax Credit Program

The Film Tax Credit Program provides a transferable credit against the corporation business tax and the gross income tax to incentivize production companies to film content in New Jersey.

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Feature films, television series, or television shows of 22 minutes or more in length, intended for a national or regional audience that incur 60% or more of the total film production expenses for services and goods purchased through vendors authorized to do business in New Jersey.

Not Eligible: Productions featuring news, current events, weather, and market reports or public programming, talk show, sports event, or reality show; productions that solicit funds; productions containing obscene material or productions primarily for private, industrial, corporate, or institutional purposes.

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Tax credits up to 35% of qualified film production expenses.

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Golden Seeds: Investments in Women-Led Startups

Golden Seeds is a nationwide angel investor network dedicated to investing in women-led startups. The New Jersey chapter of Golden Seeds launched in 2021 to increase available capital for female-led businesses.

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Product is in beta (versus alpha) stage of development and was created with input from clients or potential clients. Business has some “proof of concept” revenue. Typical pre-money valuation below $5M.Typically seeking to raise $250,000-$2 million. Consumer product companies that have annual run rate revenue of over $1M and gross margins over 40%.

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Ability to meet one-on-one with seasoned investors for feedback and possible funding opportunities.

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Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund

The Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) provides funding for the investigation, remediation, and cleanup of contaminated and underutilized sites.

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Businesses, individuals, or municipalities in New Jersey that are performing remediation or cleanup of contaminated and underutilized sites.

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Loans up to $500,000 per year for private entities looking to investigate and clean a hazardous discharge site. $10 million is also available each year to support recreation/conservation, renewable energy, and affordable housing projects. Funds are for environmental assessment, investigation, and remediation activities.  HDSRF funds can also be leveraged to obtain funds from other sources such as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

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Historic Property Reinvestment Program

The Historic Property Reinvestment Program is a $50M competitive tax credit program to leverage the federal historic tax credit program to support rehabilitation projects of identified historic properties.

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June 15, 2022

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Aug 15, 2022 2:00 PM

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To be eligible, a project must be a rehabilitation project. For a residential project, the structure must serve a residential rental purpose and also contain at least four dwelling units.

Requirements for the applicant:

  • Applicant must demonstrate that without the tax credit award, the rehabilitation project is not economically feasible.
  • Applicant must prove that a project financing gap exists, and the tax credit award being considered for the project is equal to or less than the project financing  gap.  
  • Applicant must NOT have commenced any construction or rehabilitation activity at the site of the rehabilitation project prior to submitting an application and will not commence any construction or rehabilitation activity until the execution of the Rehabilitation Agreement (with certain limited exceptions).
  • Applicant must include business entity contributed equity of at least 20 percent of the total project costs (10 percent of the total project costs, if located in a government-restricted municipality).
  • Applicant must meet minimum cost requirements where the cost of rehabilitation for the selected rehabilitation period cannot not be less than the greater of the  adjusted basis of the structure or $5,000.

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Most eligible projects can receive tax credits worth up to 40% of eligible costs up to a project cap of $4M for qualified properties.

Eligible projects located within a qualified incentive tract or in government-restricted municipalities* can receive tax credits worth up to 45% of eligible project costs up to a project cap of $8 M for qualified  properties.

Transformative projects can receive tax credits worth up to 45% of eligible  project costs up to a project cap of $50M.  

* Atlantic City, Paterson, and Trenton are the only government-restricted municipalities in New Jersey as of June 2022.

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