by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Applications are due by Friday for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Sustain and Serve NJ Grant Program.
The $2 million grant program provides funding to organizations that will use the monies to purchase meals, in bulk, from restaurants that have lost business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meal kits will then be distributed at no cost to New Jersey residents.
Eligible organizations, which have already been distributing meals to those in need, will receive grants of at least $100,000 to cover the costs of continuing to purchase meals.
Applications are due by January 8, 2021
The online application is found online here.
Eligible organization grant applicants will identify the restaurant/s from which they will be purchasing meals.
Restaurants that are interested in providing meals through the grant program can have their information published on the NJ COVID-19 Business Information Hub.
The Restaurant Interest Form is found online here.
The NJEDA recommends that restaurants also contact established bulk meal purchasing and distribution organizations to discuss potential partnerships.
The current list of Participating Restaurants is found online here.
NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan
GRANT FUNDING PROVISIONS
Sustain and Serve NJ Grant program funding will cover expenses related to the direct cost of purchasing meals. Meal costs, up to $10 per meal, are determined by participating restaurants.
Restaurant Meal Costs Include:
NEW JERSEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
The NJEDA serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth and is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.