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Burlington Municipal Park Development Program

Grants to Burlington County, New Jersey Local Governments
to Enhance Parks, Open Spaces, and Farmland

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10/01/19 5:00 PM Postmark or Delivery


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Grants to Burlington County, New Jersey municipal governments to develop and enhance parks, open spaces, and farmland. Funding is intended for park development and improvement initiatives, the acquisition of open spaces, and the preservation of farmland. The facility/property must be open to the general public.

  1. Park Development/Improvement Projects: Grant funds may be used for the capital (hard) costs associated with the development and improvements to public parklands that are owned, controlled and maintained by the municipality or held by the municipality pursuant to a long-term lease entered into for recreation or conservation purposes with the State or Federal government or local school district. Lease terms must extend at least 25 years beyond the anticipated date of project completion. Park development and improvement projects include, but are not limited to: rehabilitation of parkland, green space or greenways; development and redevelopment of playgrounds and outdoor passive recreation areas; and, the development and redevelopment of active recreation areas. The grant amount will be based on the projected construction costs of the approved project elements.
  2. Open Space Acquisition: Municipalities may apply grant funds to the cost of acquisition of locally important open space. The grant funds will be in addition to the 25% cost share now provided under the County Local Open Space Preservation Program. All conditions and restrictions of the County Local Open Space Program shall apply. An applicant must have submitted a project request and Open Space Plan for Freeholder endorsement to the County Local Open Space Preservation Program prior to submission of this application or must submit said materials at the time of submission of this grant application.
  3. Farmland Preservation Program, Municipal Cost-Share: A municipality may apply grant funds to offset all or a portion of municipal cost share obligations required by the Burlington County Farmland Preservation Program. Grant funds may be used to offset prior due or current obligations. Future obligations for farms will not be funded. A municipality may apply grant funds to the acquisition of locally important farms by fee simple or easement acquisition. These locally important farms need not meet the criteria for inclusion into the County Farmland Preservation Program. All other conditions and restrictions of the County Farmland Preservation Program shall apply. The per acre cost of the development easement, not the fee simple cost, will be considered as the basis for the grant funds. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176982

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000

Term of Contract:

Project completion or closing on an acquisition must occur within two (2) years of the date of the resolution adopted by the Board awarding grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Burlington County municipalities are eligible to receive grant funding through this program. Municipalities that form partnerships with other towns for the purpose of constructing or improving shared recreational facilities will receive special consideration when applications are ranked.

Municipalities that have outstanding obligations in excess of one year for local cost share under the Farmland Preservation Program will not be eligible to apply unless that municipality has executed an agreement with the County that sets forth terms for repayment of that obligation.

Please note that the County Local Open Space Preservation Program will continue to provide funding to municipalities and charitable conservancies for acquisition of land for conservation or recreation purposes.

For Park Development/Improvement projects, soft costs (engineering, architectural and permit fees), installation of artificial turf, purchase of equipment, including scoreboards and site security systems, and operation and maintenance costs are not eligible project costs.

For Farmland Preservation, properties acquired by eminent domain will not be eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is October 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM. The tentative date for awarding grants is October 23, 2019.

No matching funds are required. However, if the total cost of the project exceeds the grant request, municipalities must indicate in the application the source of the additional funds needed to complete the project.

Applicants are reminded that Green Acres regulations require that a local government unit hold at least one public hearing when a change in use of parkland is proposed. This includes the development of lands for public outdoor recreation or construction of buildings or other structures for public indoor recreation.

Contact Information:

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

Mail applications to:

Burlington County Department of Resource Conservation
P.O. Box 6000
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

For hand delivery/courier, submit to:

Burlington County
49 Rancocas Road, 2nd floor
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Phone: 856-642-3850

Grant Coverage Areas:

Burlington County

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey

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