NJ Offers Rent Relief for Small Businesses in 64 Cities and Towns

Date: July 23, 2020

Governor Murphy Announces Grants for Rent to Small Businesses with Pandemic-Related Losses in 64 Municipalities

Governor Phil Murphy announced on July 23 that rent relief grants of up to $10,000 will be available to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 64 eligible municipalities. The $6 million grant program will be administered by the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority. 

Here are some excerpts from the NJRA news release with a link to the eligble municipalities:

The Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Grant Program (SBL-EAGP) will allow businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for lease costs. The program will assist small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also assists landlords, many of whom are also small businesses.

The SBL-EAGP, managed by the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA), is the first component of a broader Main Street Commercial Corridors Relief Package to be paid for with federal CARES Act funding. Through the SBL-EAGP, small businesses located in NJRA’s 64 eligible municipalities that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply for up to $10,000 to assist with lease payments. It will provide grants to:

  • Tenants leasing commercial space in mixed-use buildings
  • Tenants leasing space in commercial buildings
  • Tenants leasing space to operate a storefront business

The program will be targeted to businesses with 5,000 square feet of leased space or less, and is requiring standard debarment and legal qualifications from applying businesses.  Applications will open August 10, 2020, online, and funds will be distributed on a first come first served basis.  $6 million in federal CARES Act funding will be allocated for this program.

For more details here is a link to the news release on the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority website: https://www.njra.us/news/post/9698/

Here is a link to the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Contact Page: https://www.njra.us/contact-us

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