Grants will be awarded only to entities that meet the following criteria:
- Applicant is a for-profit, nonprofit or government entity that has been in existence for at least two years at the time of application;
- Applicant currently serves, in any manner, residents of the Atlantic City/Ventnor FDC;
- Applicant can demonstrate existing programming or services related to food access and/or food security, including but not limited to: food distribution, nutrition education, local agriculture, and/or food retail (such programming may be different than the food security or food access activities proposed for the grant); and
- Applicant is in good standing with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Environmental Protection.
- Applicant is not subject to suspension or debarment in accordance with 2 CFR § 200.214 and its implementing regulations, including Executive Orders 12549 and 12689, 2 CFR part 180.
Grant funds will be awarded only to entities that indicate that they will use the grant funds to improve food access and/or food security in Atlantic City. The proposed use(s) must be accomplished within two years of execution of the grant agreement, subject to two 6-month extensions by EDA staff if the grantee is diligently pursuing the use and the delay was unforeseeable and not in the grantee’s control, to the extent allowed under federal spending deadlines. Acquisition of land or buildings is not an eligible cost. All other costs that are incurred after the date of grant agreement execution are eligible, subject to the Authority’s approval of the project budget and supporting documentation. For example, costs can include construction, equipment, installation, salaries and fringe, and rent.
As required by law, construction, including use of trades in construction related to installation of equipment, will be subject to state affirmative action requirements for contractors, and such work with a cost of $2,000 or more will be subject to New Jersey prevailing wage requirements. Additionally, grantees must utilize contractors registered as a New Jersey Public Works Contractor with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development for work subject to prevailing wage.
Awards will be subject to federal Duplication of Benefits requirements and, if construction is included, to cost reasonableness analysis.