OCTOBER 2021, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP AWARDED A 5-YEAR NPP GRANT
Gloucester Township has been awarded a 5-year designation, including an initial $125,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). Pending annual State budget capacity, the Arts District in Downtown Blackwood section of Gloucester Township is anticipated to receive up to $125,000 a year for a total of five years to assist with economic and community development. In addition to funding, the State’s NPP Team of place-based revitalization experts will provide a robust array of technical assistance and training to guide and empower this local effort. The focus will be on revitalizing the Downtown Blackwood section of Gloucester Township.
“I am thrilled to announce that Gloucester Township will be receiving the NPP Grant this year to further enhance and revitalize the Arts District in Blackwood section of Gloucester Township. Though efforts at revitalization have been made in the neighborhood, the support of the NJDCA and the funding available through the Neighborhood Preservation Program will have an enormous positive impact on the community!” said Mayor David R. Mayer.
WHAT IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION PROGRAM (NPP)?
The Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) began with the passage of the “Maintenance of Viable Neighborhoods Act” in 1975. This legislation established a program of grants to encourage and promote the social and economic strengthening and development of neighborhoods. It was envisioned that this would be achieved through the cooperative, concentrated efforts of residents, local lending institutions, businesses, municipal governments and the State of New Jersey. The Neighborhood Preservation Program takes a comprehensive approach to neighborhood development, which affords municipalities flexible and creative options. This comprehensive cooperative approach that includes all sectors of the community and promotes unified effort has proven to be a successful strategy.
For more information about the NPP please visit www.nj.gov
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