Applications are now open for the New Jersey Asset Activation Planning Grant Program. Please click the “Apply Here” link at the right of this page to apply.

The New Jersey Asset Activation Planning Grant will award grants of up to $50,000 to public, private, or non-profit entities, for early-stage planning and analysis that will demonstrate viability of projects that activate under-utilized public assets that benefit their communities and the regional economy


The New Jersey Asset Activation Planning Grant Program will provide grants of up to $50,000 directly to grantees for pre-development planning that will demonstrate viability of projects that activate under-utilized public assets that benefit their communities and the regional economy.

Proposed plans may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual Design 
  • Feasibility Study
  • Land-use Planning
  • Economic Analysis
  • Market analyses
  • Legal Analysis

Proposals must demonstrate to what extent the utilization of a public asset will be improved by the proposed project and how development or use of a public asset will benefit the regional economy and the community.

Proposals should target deficient, under-utilized, or vacant land, buildings, or infrastructure owned by a county, municipality, district, public authority, public agency, or other political subdivision or public body.

Plans should demonstrate a strong connection to the State’s development objectives through project elements, such as:

  • Creating or catalyzing a new business sector, or target industry
  • Driving economic growth and equity
  • Creating an innovative use for distressed public assets, unutilized or underutilized public property or unutilized public lands
  • Expanding access to public transportation or public services
  • Attracting employers and a diverse, talented workforce
  • Expanding entrepreneurial opportunities and support local businesses
  • Improving land use efficiency and sustainability


Qualified applicants are defined as a New Jersey:

  • Municipality,
  • County,
  • Municipal, county, regional or state redevelopment agency,
  • Municipal, county, regional or state independent authority,
  • Non-profit entity
  • Private, for-profit entity that meet additional criteria detailed below and holds a valid New Jersey tax clearance certificate.

An Applicant in a lead role is the entity that is the sole recipient of grant funds and responsible for all terms of the grant agreement. The lead role applicant will serve as the primary point of contact with the Authority, submit any requests for fund disbursement, and provide reports to the Authority.

An applicant may only submit one application each in a lead role but can be included as a partner in additional applications where they play a non-lead role. Any named strategic partner or partners included in the proposal cannot be changed without the prior written consent of the Authority.

Applicants may add strategic partners whose experience, knowledge, skills, and ability may provide an advantage in the production of analyses and reports.

The strategic partnership must be recognized by a signed memorandum of understanding or a written agreement between the partner and the applicant and included in the completed application.

Private and nonprofit entities proposing projects in relation to public properties must provide a letter of approval from the chief executive of the public entities that hold ownership of the subject property. Assets owned by The State are not eligible for project applications, however assets owned by Independent State Authorities are eligible when accompanied by a letter of approval.

A proposal on behalf of a county or independent authority does not preclude a municipality within that county; or municipality or county within boundary of independent authority; or independent authority whose boundaries overlap a municipality or county from submitting their own proposal.

Please be advised: New Jersey State law prohibits most cannabis license and certification holders from receiving or continuing to receive an economic incentive from the NJEDA. If the applicant, or any person who controls the applicant or owns or controls more than one percent of the stock of the applicant, has applied for or received a license or a certification from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJ-CRC), the applicant is ineligible for this program and should not proceed with an application. If an application is received from an applicant that meets this criteria, the application will be declined and the application fee will not be refunded. 


Grant awards will be up to $50,000

All Applicants who are successfully awarded a grant will follow a uniform disbursement schedule. The lead entity will receive 50% of the grant amount upon execution of grant agreement, and 25% upon completion and submission of a mid-way progress report, and 25% upon completion and submission of a final plan and final progress report.


Application Fee: $1,000

** All fees are non-refundable