The Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill that Congress passed in January of 2013 set aside money especially for small businesses devasted by Sandy. There is $100 million in the Stronger NJ Grant Program to provide grants of up to $50,000 to Sandy affected small businesses.
From May – December of 2013, more than 3,300 businesses across the state requested in excess of $167 million in grants.
As of February 2014, only 7% of applicants – 238 businesses – were awarded grants to help rebuild and recover from Sandy. Only $11.5 million has been distributed to businesses that need it.
Meanwhile, more than double that – $25 million – was spent on an ad campaign featuring Governor Christie and his family at the Jersey Shore.
Now, thousands of businesses are asking – where is the money?
The demand for the Stronger NJ Grand Program is high, and thousands of businesses have spent time, money, and energy apply for these much needed grants and have nothing to show for it.
For many NJ businesses, this grant will determine whether they’ll be able to hire for the summer or whether they’ll have to shut their doors for good. Businesses must be ready for the start of the summer season.
Please sign our petition to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority which oversees the grant program.