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Municipal Open Space Grant Program

Grants to Monmouth County, New Jersey Municipalities
for Land Acquisition and Development Projects

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Monmouth County Park System - Board of Chosen Freeholders

Deadline Date:

09/19/19 4:00 PM Postmarked or Delivered


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Grants to Monmouth County, New Jersey municipalities for land acquisition and development projects for open space, park, and recreational use. Funding is intended to support innovative projects that provide access to recreational activities and open spaces; the development of new recreational facilities; enhancement of existing recreational opportunities; and land acquisition.

The Municipal Open Space Program aims to acquire lands for open space preservation and conservation, to acquire land for active and passive recreation, and to develop and redevelop land for parks and recreation purposes. Open space acquisition should target lands identified in local open space preservation and recreation plans, lands that are significant local historic sites or lands that function as important wildlife habitat. Additional priority will be given to State-designated Urban Aid Communities.

Acquisition funding will cover the purchase price of the title in fee-simple interest for land and structures, or the purchase price of public access easements for land. For development projects, the direct cost of facility construction, demolition, renovation, and/or stabilization are eligible.

For detailed lists of eligible projects, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146436

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Estimated Size of Grant:

County funding will be limited to $250,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Applicants will have thirty (30) months from the application selection to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Monmouth County municipalities are the only eligible applicants. (The governing body must adopt a resolution authorizing the application.) Municipalities are encouraged, however, to form partnerships with other public or nonprofit organizations to strengthen and enhance project proposals. The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders will enter into grant agreements with municipalities only.

For Development Projects:

- Applicants must confirm municipal control of the site. All project sites must be owned by the applicant municipality or the municipality must hold a long-term lease for a term of at least 25 years beyond the grant award, or other instruments extending for substantially 25 years beyond the grant award where a third party governmental entity is also a party. In all cases the site must be under the control of the applicant municipality. When project sites are not owned in fee simple by the Municipality, additional agreements or covenants may be required. If the property is leased, a copy of the lease, redacted if necessary, must be provided to verify the length of the lease.
- For projects that are on property subject to a long-term lease or other agreement, the applicant must provide written proof of the consent of the lessor/owner for development of the project.

For detailed lists of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for 2019 is 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 19. All applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Acquisition and Design Office of the Monmouth County Park System at Thompson Park in Lincroft on or before the deadline.

Annual Schedule:

- April/May: Application packages sent to Mayors, Municipal Administrators & Clerks
- September: Applications due (2019 deadline is September 19)
- December: Funding recommendations to Freeholders
- December/January: Freeholders announce selected projects
- January – June: Grant Agreements executed

A public hearing on the grant application must be held within a twelve (12) month period prior to filing of the application.

A deed of open space easement from the applicant municipality to the County restricting the use of the project site to these purposes will be required as a condition of award.

Monmouth County will fund up to 50% of eligible project costs. In State- designated Urban Aid Communities, the county will increase its maximum share to 75%. Matching funds must be non-county funds. In-kind services are not eligible as project match.
Program funds shall be dispersed on a reimbursement basis.

Municipalities may submit one (1) project proposal per annual grant cycle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application, and all questions and correspondence, to:

Monmouth County Park System
Acquisition and Design Office
Attn: Open Space Grant Program
805 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

For additional information, please call 732-842-4000, ext 4472, or email

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USA: New Jersey: Monmouth County