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Municipal Open Space Grant Program

Grants to New Jersey Municipalities in Eligible Areas
for Land Acquisition and Development Projects

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Monmouth County Park System - Board of Chosen Freeholders

Deadline Date:

09/17/20 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

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:

The project must be completed within thirty months of the application selection.

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 Chosen Freeholders will enter into grant agreements with municipalities only.

For detailed lists of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Application Deadline: 4:00 PM on September 17, 2020

Annual Schedule:
- June/July – Application packages sent to Mayors, Municipal Administrators & Clerks
- September – Applications due (2020 deadline is September 17)
- December – Funding recommendations to Freeholders
- December/January – Freeholders announce selected projects
- January – June – Grant Agreements executed

As of the 2020 grant round, the program allows the option for electronic application submission. Applicants now have the option of submitting applications through a paper submission format using the attached cover page and checklist or submitting the application electronically.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Program funds shall be dispersed on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

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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