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2 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: Love Your Block Mini-Grant & Land Trust Network

Hi Assembly,

Are you a Newark resident interested in beautifying and improving your street?  Do you have a specific vision in mind for your neighborhood?  Are there one or two simple things that can be acquired to help your block to function more abundantly?  If you answered yes, to either of those questions, then this mini-grant is for you.   Sign-up for a workshop and set-up a calendar reminder by clicking on the date hyperlink.

Thank you for your interest.  HAPPY APPLYING!

Andrea Mason- Newark People’s Assembly

We would like to encourage people to submit their applications in full online and to please reach out to Nathaly Agosto-Filion; agostofilionn@ci.newark.nj.us or Jon Gordon; gordonj@ci.newark.nj.us for any questions. 

They can also find additional helpful resources of what a successful grant application may look like by viewing our previously awarded grantees and the ordinance they followed on our website: www.newarknj.gov/loveyourblock

Here is the link to the newsletter.

NJ Conservation Foundation’s 2021 Franklin Parker Community Conservation Grant Program:

The purpose of the 2021 Franklin Parker Community Conservation Grants Program is to provide essential resources to nonprofit organizations addressing environmental challenges and improving quality of life for communities of color throughout New Jersey. 

Application forms and program guidelines are available on our website. Grants will range in size, with a maximum of $5,000. Applicants are expected to match the requested funding (1:1) with inkind and/or cash contributions. 

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2021. Grant awards will be announced by June 30, 2021.  Projects must be completed by June 1, 2022.

Please see our website for application documents and more detailed information, or contact Heidi Roldan at heidi.roldan@njconservation.org with questions.

MAYOR BARAKA TO LAUNCH FIRST-EVER NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY-BASED VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS

MAYOR BARAKA WILL JOIN LOS ANGELES MAYOR GARCETTI AND COMMMUNITY SAFETY EXPERTS 

TO LAUNCH FIRST-EVER NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY-BASED VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY IN CITIES 

AT VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 25, AT 2 P.M. 

Despite rising violence in cities spurred by the pandemic, new national study shows community-based violence reduction programs continue to improve safety 

Newark, NJ – March 23, 2021 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and national community safety experts to host a virtual press conference on Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m. to launch the first-ever national association of community-based violence prevention programs to improve public safety in cities.

The event is a virtual press conference, and all media members must RSVP through the hyperlink below. Media may ask questions after the speakers give their presentations.

The Community Based Public Safety Association (CBPSA) will be comprised of key leaders and organizations representing major U.S. cities, connecting efforts from across the country to help advance pathways to safety that complement policing and reforms to the criminal justice system at a national scale. CBPSA will work to secure increased support to fund and build the capacity of public health-based violence prevention programs, which are essential to achieving and reimagining safety, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. CBPSA will also release a national study – Redefining Public Safety in America: A National Scan of Community Based Public Safety Initiatives – that details the various programs, how they work to reduce violence, and what is needed to bring them to scale. Among their conclusions are that despite urban violence created by the COVID-19 pandemic, community-based violence reduction programs continue to improve public safety.

WHO:             Mayor Ras J. Baraka 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Aqeela Sherrills, Executive Director of Community Based Public Safety Association and President of Newark Community Street Team 

                        Melvin Hayward, Head of Programs for Chicago CRED 

                        Dr. Gary Slutkin, Founder/CEO of Cure Violence 

                        Dr. Aquil Basheer, Founder/Executive Director of Professional Community Intervention Training Institute 

                        Fernando Rejon, Executive Director of Urban Peace Institute 

                        David Muhammad, Executive Director of National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform 

                        Julius Thibodeaux, Program Manager at Advance Peace 

WHAT:          Will launch the first-ever national association of community-based violence prevention programs to improve public safety in cities at a virtual press conference.

WHEN:          Thursday, March 25 

2 p.m.

WHERE:       https://safeandjust.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s8kOh7HiRLCfKf2A_YOBjQ

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For more information on the City of Newark, please visit our website at www.newarknj.gov 

Follow the city of Newark on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cityofnewarknj

MAYOR BARAKA LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO OFFER COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

MAYOR BARAKA LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO OFFER COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

TO RESIDENTS WITHOUT ADDRESSES 

Newark, NJ—March 10, 2021—Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that Newark’s program to vaccinate its residents without addresses began last night at the YMCA on Broad Street, in the first of a Newark-wide effort where the City will send nurses and practitioners to offer vaccinations to residents of 18 shelters across Newark. This initiative is in addition to the City’s ongoing testing of residents without addresses that began in May 2020.  

“A year after our first positive COVID-19 case in Newark and we are now able to offer vaccines to help protect and keep our residents without addresses safe,” Mayor Baraka said. “It is a goal of my administration to provide them with the services, shelter, and care that all of our residents deserve.” 

The City’s Department of Health and Community Wellness and its Office of Homeless Services are partnering with North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJRCI), who will administer the vaccines.  

The vaccination program is the third major initiative to provide shelter and care to the City’s homeless population in the last two weeks. 

On March 8, Mayor Baraka and the Office of Homeless Services Homelessness Czar Sakinah Hoyte unveiled NEWARK Hope Village, which uses converted containers to shelter residents who are at-risk or without addresses at 79 Newark Street.  

On February 25, Mayor Baraka, Ms. Hoyte, Claremont Development, and Arc Building Partners announced construction of the Miller Street Pathways to Housing Center, an adaptive-reuse project designed to create a 24,000-square-foot innovative transitional, 24/7, 365 days a year emergency shelter to transition homeless Newark residents into housing. The facility, which will also provide supportive services, is located at 47-63 Miller Street and expected to open in September of this year. 

With its population of more than 290,000 residents and nearly 2,000 being without permanent addresses, the City will also soon unveil a mobile strategy to offer vaccines for some of the most vulnerable population not staying in a shelter. 

Photo assets from the launch of the residents without addresses vaccination program can be found here.  

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For more information on the City of Newark, please visit our website at www.newarknj.gov  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: 

Press Information Office 

Senior Press Secretary: Mark Di Ionno 

(862) 255-8109 

PressOffice@ci.newark.nj.us 

NEWARK MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE – SNOW REMOVAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR BUSINESS/PROPERTY OWNERS AND TENANTS!

TITLE XXIX STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
CHAPTER 17 SNOW AND ICE
29:17-1. REMOVAL FROM SIDEWALK AND GUTTERS BY ABUTTING OWNERS OR TENANTS.

a. The owners or tenants of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks and gutters of public streets, or public places in the City, are hereby required to remove all snow and ice from the traveled portion of the sidewalks and from the gutters within twelve (12) hours of daylight after the same shall be formed or fall thereon.

b.
 In cases where the building is occupied by more than one (1) family, then the tenant or tenants of the first floor or story thereof are hereby required to remove all snow and ice from such portion of the sidewalks and gutters within twelve (12) hours of daylight after the same shall be formed or fall thereon.

Land Banking Community Meeting

ewark Land Bank Community Meeting is happening today, Thursday, December 17th at 12 noon. 

Unable to attend, other meetings will be held December 21st and 29th at 7pm.  These meetings will focus on “A Resident’s Advantage”.

The meeting will be streamed LIVE on the City of Newark- City Hall page as well as on Invest Newark’s platform.  Please RSVP & Register at InvestNewark.Eventbrite.com.

Click the following link for Newark’s Covid-19 information: https://newarkcovid19.com/data

NJEDA’s new program for Small Businesses located in New Jersey’s opportunity zones

Check out the NJEDA’s new program for Small Businesses located in New Jersey’s opportunity zones!

VIEW NJ’S OPPORTUNITY ZONES

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has partnered with the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority to provide the Business Consulting for COVID-19 Recovery Program for FREE. 

If accepted into the program, you will receive up to 25 hours of one-on-one coaching and staff support from expert consultants who will work with you to: 

  • Position yourself to better secure available and upcoming grants and loans
  • Develop and implement new processes to strengthen and grow your business
  • Assist you in complying with current State protections and public health policies
  • Reduce costs, improve accounting and bookkeeping, and craft long-term business strategies

These services are valued at over $3,000.

Space is limited, and businesses will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible!

CLICK TO SIGN UP NOW

NJEDA $50 Million New Round of Small Business Grants Targeting Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

News Release

Contact: New Jersey Economic Development Authority
media@njeda.com

Applications for $45 Million NJEDA Grant Program to Open June 9

Applications will be available in English and Spanish with translation services available for nine other common languages.

TRENTON, N.J. (June 2, 2020) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that applications for the expanded Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will be available at 9:00 a.m. on June 9, 2020. The $45 million program will provide grants up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A sample application that small business owners can use to prepare is available at http://cv.business.nj.gov/.

To support the Governor’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, $15 million will be reserved for businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts. The application will also be available in Spanish and the NJEDA has contracted for interpretation services to support speakers of nine additional languages – Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Tagalog. Translated versions of the application itself will be available in advance of opening.

“The coronavirus pandemic is forcing all of us to grapple with unprecedented challenges, but small business owners and their employees are undoubtedly among the most severely impacted members of our communities,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “From the start of the pandemic, the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program has played a central role in supporting New Jersey’s small business community. The expanded program will allow us to serve thousands more businesses in need and our focus on equity will ensure it benefits the communities COVID-19 has hit the hardest.”

The outbreak of novel coronavirus has created a major public health crisis in New Jersey. To slow the spread of the virus, Governor Phil Murphy implemented a variety of containment measures, including restrictions on public gatherings and mandated closure of non-essential businesses. To mitigate the economic impacts of these public health policies, the NJEDA created the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. During Phase 1, the NJEDA has provided more than $8 million in grants to date to nearly 2,500 businesses across all 21 counties.

The NJEDA received $50 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support small businesses. The NJEDA will provide an additional $5 million to fund businesses that were waitlisted during Phase 1. The NJEDA will use $45 million to fund Phase 2, which will provide grants up to $10,000 to a significantly broader range of businesses than were previously eligible.

Eligibility changes for Phase 2 increase the employee cap for businesses from 10 full-time employees (FTEs) to 25 FTEs and remove the NAICS code restrictions that were in place for Phase 1 to allow almost all businesses as well as 501(c)(3), 501 (c)(4), and 501(c)(7) nonprofit organizations to qualify for funding. Phase 2 also makes grants available to home-based businesses and sole proprietorships, which were ineligible during Phase 1. To ensure funding goes to businesses and communities that need it most, $15 million of Phase 2 funding will be set aside to support qualified businesses located in one of the 715 census tracts that were eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone.

“New Jersey’s diversity is our strength. When we take extra steps to ensure equitable access to programs, we not only support a broader range of businesses and communities, but we also create more jobs and economic growth that benefits everyone,” said NJEDA Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Michelle Bodden. “Setting aside a portion of Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program funding for businesses in at-risk communities and providing translation services for applicants who do not speak English are crucial steps that will increase the program’s impact and ensure relief goes where it is needed most.”

Applications for Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will be available on June 9, 2020. NJEDA staff will process the applications on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no application fee.

As part of the application, the business’s Chief Executive Officer or equivalent officer must certify that the company was in operation on February 15, 2020, has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and will make a best effort not to furlough or lay off any employees. To comply with duplication of benefits provisions within the Stafford Act, all applicants will also be required to fill out an affidavit identifying all funding previously received related to COVID-19, including Small Business Administration loans and grants, forgivable portions of Payroll Protection loans, and Economic Injury Disaster grants.

Comprehensive information about New Jersey’s coronavirus response is available at https://cv.business.nj.gov.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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Newark Prepares to Reopen!

All Newark businesses must apply
for a reopening permit in order for the
City to issue a color-coded safety-level
certificate required for reopening.

Click here for the application
and additional information.

Applications are also available for pickup at the NDD’s
location in the lobby at 60 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102.