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About the Neighborhood Preservation Program

The Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) is a 5-year grant program offered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The NPP provides financial and technical support to municipalities, helping to further each municipality’s revitalization efforts and improve quality of life for its residents.

Gloucester Township has been awarded a 5-year designation, including an initial $125,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). Pending annual State budget capacity, the Arts District in Downtown Blackwood is anticipated to receive up to $125,000 a year for a total of five years to assist with economic and community development. In addition to funding, the State’s NPP Team of place-based revitalization experts will provide a robust array of technical assistance and training to guide and empower this local effort. The focus will be on revitalizing the Downtown Blackwood section of Gloucester Township.

“I am thrilled to announce that Gloucester Township will be receiving the NPP Grant this year to further enhance and revitalize the Arts District in Blackwood section of Gloucester Township. Though efforts at revitalization have been made in the neighborhood, the support of the NJDCA and the funding available through the Neighborhood Preservation Program will have an enormous positive impact on the community!” said Mayor David R. Mayer.

The program is designed to increase place, economic, civic and social value. It seeks to achieve this by enhancing buildings, streets and a district’s entire physical realm, by supporting and coordinating small business recovery, growth and sustainability, and by marketing district events and activities while also engaging local stakeholders in planning and relationship building. The state’s NPP Team will work closely with the municipality and the stakeholders to support an array of bottom-up efforts that create visible and tangible change, leverage other public and private resources, and address real needs and aspirations of the Gloucester Township’s Arts District stakeholders, including residents and business owners.

An NPP Coordinator with support of a local NPP Stakeholder Team will create an NPP Implementation Plan that combines significant community engagement, local knowledge, and hard data. The resulting Implementation Plan is an achievable and comprehensive set of projects and programs that address local needs and build on local assets in its NPP District.

In total, 31 communities applied for only 20 available NPP designations. Gloucester Township is part of this new group of 20 communities that include Atlantic City, Wildwood, and New Brunswick among others.

How may NPP Funds be used?

The Neighborhood Preservation Program strives to be flexible in terms of how funds can be applied. The municipality may use NPP grants for any purpose that will lead to the restoration and rehabilitation of threatened, but still viable neighborhoods. Eligible activities include:

  • Administrative Costs
  • Community Planning
  • Housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, related commercial rehabilitation/revitalization
  • Educational, self-help activities, neighborhood organization
  • Demolition, site clearance, property acquisition and disposition
  • Limited infrastructure and public facility improvements in conjunction with neighborhood rehabilitation activities
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