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Paulsboro Unveils Thomson Avenue Improvements

PAULSBORO, NJ – A $7 million infrastructure improvement project along Thomson Avenue has recently been completed, announced Paulsboro Mayor Gary Stevenson last week. This project, funded through a $4.12 million grant and loan from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program’s Water and Waste Program and through a $2.89 million loan from the New

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Affordable Housing Grants vs Loans

Grants Vs. Loans for Affordable Housing: Which Is Best?

We believe all communities should offer safe, affordable housing for residents. In fact, one of our core services is providing affordable housing for low-income households. We love helping individuals and families stay in their homes for years to come. One of the ways we bring affordable housing to communities is by establishing a residential rehab

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Culture

The Shift from Funding Placemaking to Creative Placemaking Initiatives

For years, funding placemaking projects have been central to many community development initiatives. Investing in the local arts and its integration into broader plans is also quickly becoming a key ingredient. More local and national municipalities are ensuring that the arts and cultural programming are part of their revitalization process so they can strengthen their community’s

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How to find Grants Vineland NJ

5 Tips to Craft a Winning Grant Application

Did you know that the majority of grant applications are rejected almost immediately? The top reason they’re rejected is because applicants didn’t do their research ahead of time and skipped steps that are crucial to standing out from competitors. Writing a successful grant proposal is a delicate balance of art, science and education. Whether you’re a

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Assistance to Firefighters Grants

Insights From the First Responder Grants Seminar

Toa55/Shutterstock  With the application period for FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program opening in a few days, I’m glad that I attended a two-day First Responder Grants Seminar in Massachusetts a few weeks ago. Receiving nearly 12,000 applications a year from across the United States and its territories, the AFG is one of the most competitive federal grant

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Abandoned Property Vineland NJ

Ways Municipalities Can Address Vacant & Abandoned Housing

Source: JamesDeMers/Pixabay During the New Jersey State League of Municipalities annual conference last November, it’s clear that municipalities face a growing problem of vacant and abandoned properties. We spoke with many people who wanted strategies and tools to help them manage these properties in a way that was beneficial for the entire community. It turns out there

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Neighborhoods Healthier And Safer

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design: Making Neighborhoods Healthier and Safer

Source: Unsplash/Pixabay A neighborhood’s design, including layout, lighting, building and maintenance, can influence the prevalence of crime and fear. When these are present, residents’ behavior is greatly impacted – including their physical activity levels, as well as school safety and performance. Unfortunately communities don’t have the resources they need to ensure every public space and facility

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Rainwater

Why Municipalities Should Focus on Reducing Rainwater Run-Off Instead of Costly Sewer Upgrades

Source: diego_torres/Pixabay Green infrastructure solutions for deficient waste water systems throughout New Jersey are not only effective, but also save a lot of money. That’s why the State Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently announced new permits for the state’s 25 utility companies operating combined sewer systems (CSS’s). These permits require affected towns and sewer treatment

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