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for Land Acquisition and Development Projects

Municipal Open Space Grant Program

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Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners - Monmouth County Park System

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09/15/22 4:00 PM Submitted, Postmarked, or Delivered


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Grants to New Jersey municipalities in eligible locations for land acquisition and development projects. Funding is intended to support preservation, conservation, and passive and active recreation. The purpose of this program is to expand park and open space opportunities for Monmouth County residents by providing funding to assist municipalities with their local programs of park and open space acquisition and/or development/redevelopment. Only municipalities located in Monmouth County may apply.

The Municipal Open Space Program has the following objectives:

  • Acquire land for conservation and preservation
  • Acquire land for active and passive recreation
  • Develop or redevelop land to expand recreational opportunities.

The goal of the program is to acquire lands for open space preservation and to improve 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. Emphasis of the program will be placed on land acquisition, development of new recreational facilities, expansion or improvement of existing recreational opportunities, and new or innovative approaches to providing local access to open spaces or recreational activities. Additional priority will be given to State-designated Urban Aid Communities.

For detailed lists of eligible projects, see:

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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.
- If more time than this is needed to complete the project, the municipal governing body may submit a
written request for a time extension for consideration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Monmouth County municipalities are the only eligible applicants. Municipalities are encouraged, however, to form partnerships with other public or non-profit organizations to strengthen and enhance project proposals. The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners will enter into grant agreements with municipalities only.

For detailed lists of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

2022 Application Deadline: 4:00 pm on September 15, 2022

Annual Schedule:
- June/July – Application packages sent to Mayors, Municipal Administrators & Clerks
- September – Applications due (2022 deadline is September 15)
- December – Funding recommendations to Freeholders
- December/January – Freeholders announce selected projects
- January – June – Grant Agreements executed

Applicants are encouraged to schedule a pre-application meeting with the Program Administrator to identify any deficiencies or issues of eligibility

Submissions lacking an authorizing resolution will be deemed ineligible.

Payment will cover up to 50% of either appraised value or agreed to purchase price whichever is less. For Urban Aid Communities the County share will not exceed 75%.

County funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis after all conditions are satisfied.

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

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.

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

The Program Administrator can be contacted by telephone at 732-842-4000, Ext. 4472 or by
e-mail at

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