Coastal Resiliency and Infrastructure Funding FAQs

FAQs Regarding Coastal Resiliency and Infrastructure Funding

1. What type of businesses/entities are eligible to apply for funding for resiliency projects?

Governmental agencies at the county and municipal levels in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties are eligible to apply for funding for coastal resiliency projects. The Trust seeks to provide grants to fund infrastructure projects located in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County with the goal of increasing coastal resiliency in these communities to better prepare them for natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy. Through the Request for Expressions of Interest, the Trustees would like to ascertain the number and types of infrastructure projects that seek to improve coastal resiliency in these communities.

2. What is the submission/acceptance period for Resiliency Round EOIs?

The EOI submission period has ended. The Trust expects to release additional requests for coastal resiliency funds in the future.

3. Must Resiliency Round applicants be located in Cape May, Ocean or Atlantic Counties?

Yes. To be eligible to apply for a Resiliency Round grant, the applicant must be located in one of these three Counties in New Jersey.

4. Will there be a separate RFEOI for the Resiliency Round?

Yes. The Trust will issue an RFEIO specific to the Resiliency Round, so requirements for EOI submissions may differ from the SBE/WBE/MBE Round.

5. How much money will be available for Resiliency Round grants?

The Trustees will award a maximum of approximately $3.5 million in Resiliency Round grants in the inaugural application round.

6. Will there be a cap on grant requests in the Resiliency Round?

The Trustees may set a cap on grant requests after a review of the Requests for Expressions of Interest, so please monitor the website for updates.

7. Must applicants support the offshore wind industry to be eligible to apply for a Resiliency Round grant?

No, support of the offshore wind industry is not required to submit EOIs and apply for Resiliency Round funding.

8. What are some examples of Resiliency projects that may be eligible for a Trust Grant?

  • Exploring climate hazards
    • Evaluating sea level impacts
    • Consider impacts on land and infrastructure
  • Investigating options
    • Review land use planning and zoning policies
    • Review building standards
    • Examine local drainage systems
    • Relocate or raise buildings and/or infrastructure that face significant risk and are able to be moved
    • Reinforce critical buildings and/or infrastructure if they must remain where they are
    • Elevate buildings and/or infrastructure that must remain where they are
    • Build protective barriers and buffer zones
  • Prioritizing actions
    • Investments in coastal adaptation and restoration projects, as described in “Investigating Options”

Projects including preliminary work required to identify, address and implement coastal resiliency projects, such as surveys, studies and consultants’ costs, may be eligible for a Trust grant.

9. What information and documents are required to be included in the EOI?

Please see the “Submission Checklist” included in the RFEOI. Required information and documents include: (1) Applicant Contact Information; (2) Type of Entity; (3) Brief Project Description; (4) Proposed Use of Trust Funds;(5) Proof of Financial Stability (bank statement and balance sheet); and (5) Executed Release and Waiver of Liability. The “Submission Checklist” page included in the RFEOI must also be included with the EOI submission. Letters of Recommendation are optional in the EOI stage of the submission process. Additionally, not all of the “prompts” on page 2 of the RFEOI must be answered, only the main headings (listed above as 1-6) must be addressed. These prompts are simply to assist potential applicants in completing their EOIs.

These FAQs may be modified from time-to-time to answer additional questions or revise/clarify current questions and answers. Please continue to monitor the FAQ for the latest updates.