EDA to Provide $15 M in new CARES Act Funding to Businesses

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that its Board has approved the use of $15.3 million in Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Emergency Security (CARES) Act funding to provide grants through the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program to businesses located in 12 New Jersey counties that did not receive direct allocations of CARES Act funding from the federal government. The funds will be added to the more than $100 million the NJEDA is currently administering to support COVID-19-impacted businesses.

“Helping small businesses and their employees withstand the immediate economic impact of COVID-19 and prepare for a safe and strong recovery is central to the NJEDA’s pandemic response,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Using this additional CARES Act funding to expand our Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will allow us to provide much-needed relief for business owners who have been struggling and employees whose jobs have been at risk. Focusing on counties that did not receive direct federal aid will also help to ensure resources are distributed fairly to businesses in all regions of the state.”

To date, more than 11,500 businesses have been approved for grants totaling more than $36.5 million through the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Launched in early April with $10 million of NJEDA funds, the Program initially offered grants of up to $5,000 to a narrowly targeted set of small businesses that included restaurants and in-person retail establishments. In early June, the NJEDA used $50 million in CARES Act funds to expand Phase 1 of the grant program by $5 million and launch Phase 2 of the Grant Program with $45 million. Phase 2 expanded the Program to a significantly broader range of businesses and increased the maximum grant award to $10,000.

To ensure equitable distribution of funds, the NJEDA set aside one-third of the CARES Act funding to support qualified businesses located in one of the 715 census tracts that were eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone. Targeting these census tracts will help to ensure funding goes to communities of color that have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

The additional $15.3 million approved for use today will go toward fulfilling eligible Phase 2 grant applications from businesses located in the 12 New Jersey counties that did not receive direct CARES Act funding allocations from the federal government: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren.

The remaining nine counties previously received their own separate allocations of CARES Act funds. Essex, Ocean and Passaic counties contributed $10 million each to the NJEDA to allocate to businesses in those three counties through Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Bergen, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, and Union counties are spending the funds on other COVID-19 relief programs.

In addition to approving the use of the $15.3 million in new CARES Act funding to provide grants through the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, the NJEDA Board also today delegated authority to the NJEDA Chief Executive Officer to direct any other governmental funding or unrestricted gifts or grants that the Authority may accept for the Grant Program to be administered as grants to eligible businesses in the 12 counties that did not receive direct allocations of CARES Act funding.

Comprehensive information about New Jersey’s coronavirus response is available at https://cv.business.nj.gov.

NJHMFA’s Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program

Governor Murphy announced the Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program, which will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020. By passing the benefit on to their tenants and forgiving outstanding back rent and late fees, landlords will not only receive necessary funds to stay afloat, but will also continue to provide stable housing in what has become an unstable time.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is proud to join the effort in providing much-needed relief to New Jerseyans who have felt the economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency. NJHMFA recognizes there is a long road ahead and is dedicated to maintaining housing stability and the health of our communities.

Learn more https://njhousing.gov/rentals/sleg/

Please note that the application period begins August 19 and ends August 26.

Additional $15 Million in CARES Act Funding – Small Business Recovery

Governor Phil Murphy announced today that an additional $15 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding has been made available to New Jersey small businesses struggling with the pandemic. This funding is in addition to the $100 million the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is currently administering through programs to COVID-19-impacted businesses.

“COVID-19 is first and foremost a health crisis, but also a severe economic crisis, and nowhere is that more evident than in the State’s small business community,” said Governor Murphy. “Throughout this crisis, small business owners have worked incredibly hard to adapt and protect public health while supporting their employees and families. We are committed to ensuring New Jersey’s vibrant small business community weathers this storm and emerges stronger. The additional funding announced today will support businesses as they continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’ we are living with now and lay the groundwork for a speedy and complete recovery.”

The $15 million in CARES Act funds announced today will bolster the NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which provides grant funding for small businesses struggling with COVID-19-related challenges. Launched in early April with $10 million of NJEDA funds, the Program initially offered grants of up to $5,000 to a narrowly-targeted set of small businesses that included restaurants and in-person retail establishments.

In early June, the NJEDA used $50 million in CARES Act funds to expand Phase 1 of the grant program by $5 million and launch Phase 2 of the Grant Program with $45 million. Phase 2 expanded the Program to a significantly broader range of businesses and increased the maximum grant award to $10,000. At that time, Essex, Ocean, and Passaic Counties also provided $10 million each in CARES Act dollars to support additional grants to businesses in those counties. To ensure equitable distribution of funds, the NJEDA set aside one-third of the CARES Act funding to support qualified businesses located in one of the 715 census tracts that were eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone. Targeting these census tracts will help to ensure funding goes to communities of color that have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

To date, more than 10,600 businesses have been approved for grants totaling more than $44 million. The program is currently oversubscribed and not accepting applications, but the NJEDA intends to use the CARES Act funding announced today to fulfill a significant portion of the applications already in the pipeline, particularly where direct federal funding was not provided to counties.

“Supporting small businesses has been the centerpiece of the NJEDA’s COVID-19 response efforts. We are committed to doing all we can to help them adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and prepare for a strong recovery,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Using additional CARES Act funding to expand our programs will provide much-needed relief for businesses who have been struggling and for employees whose jobs have been at risk.”

Today’s announcement was made at A-List Hair Studio in North Brunswick, which is co-owned by April Scelsa and Anna Pluhowski.  A-List received a $10,000 grant during Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Grant Program.

“With the help of the NJEDA, despite being closed for over three months, we were able to open our doors again,” said Scelsa. “The grant we received allowed us to provide the PPE we needed to keep ourselves, our staff, and our guests safe as we reopen, and to keep employees on the payroll for longer than we were able to otherwise.”

7-27-20: Interns Available to help Businesses, Hand Sanitizer Warning List, Drive-Through Testing July 30, Case Report

Counties Will Pay Young Adults to Work for Your Business with $100K Fund

Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Will Support Businesses Hiring Interns in Somerset & Hunterdon Counties

The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) is connecting young adults looking to enter the world of work with companies in need of part-time remote workers, and the GRWDB is paying the salaries. The organization, which supports employers and workers in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, has identified 30 talented young people available for part-time remote paid internships from late July through Oct. 31, 2020, for local businesses.

The GRWDB received $105,600 in state grant funding for the summer youth program, which includes stipends for 40 youth from the two counties to work over the course of an eight-week period between the end of July and Oct. 31. In the program, each participant, who must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and can be in school or out of school, will work 25 hours per week, including four hours per week in work-readiness training.

The first cohort in this new program is beginning at the end of July. The application process for employers has been extended in an effort by the GRWDB to find more positions for participating youth intern candidates. Grant funding will cover the stipend for each intern.

For the GRWDB Summer Youth Employment Program, any employer in Hunterdon and Somerset counties with available remote part-time positions can apply. There can be some limited outdoor employment opportunities and on-site job offerings that abide by CDC guidelines, but these do not have to be included in an employer’s application.

Employers can find a link to the application on the home page of www.thegrwdb.org and on the Purchasing tab of Somerset County’s website. RFA responses are due by Thursday, Aug. 13. Interns for the second cohort are expected to start the following week.

For additional information, visit www.thegrwdb.org or contact GRWDB Job Developer Jeanne Cassano at jcassano@co.somerset,nj.us or at 908-541-5785.

Questions? Contact GRWDB Board Director Paul Grzella at grzella@co.somerset.nj.us, or 908-203-6044.

 

 

 


 

Warning on Hand Sanitizer Products with Methanol

The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has shared an important warning. The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

If you have recently purchased hand sanitizer, please see the link below for information including a list of products under suspicion.  (Note: Some local stores have been carrying hand sanitizer products made by Blumen, a manufacturer which is on the above/below linked list.)

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol

 

 


 

Next COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Date July 30

Residents Do Not Need a Prescription

 

Somerset County is continuing to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Raritan Valley Community College, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.

Testing, which is free of charge, is open to Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older, by appointment only. A physician’s prescription is not required. Residents do need to bring a valid form of identification.

Appointments for July 30 must be scheduled online at https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com.  Residents who do not have computer access, or who would like to schedule an appointment for children age five to 18 years old, can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-203-6014, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., not including holidays.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The drive-thru test site will not allow entry if residents do not arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid ID.  Anyone who does not have an appointment will be turned away.

When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Information about other area test sites can be found at https://bit.ly/AreaSites20 or https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing.

For more information, visit  www.co.somerset.nj.us/covid19status for updates or contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Fri., 7-24-20 (spread across the age ranges).

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/27

NJ cases: 179,812
NJ deaths: 15,804
Somerset County cases: 5,139
Somerset County deaths: 557
Montgomery cases:  132
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
22           40-49
26           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
20           80+

138 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 118 presumed recovered a

–   13 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

7-24-20: Tax Bills Delayed, SAVE, Biz Video Highlights, Census, Case Report

Third Quarter Tax Bills Delayed

Please be advised, due to the delay in receiving certified tax rates from Somerset County, the mailing of the 2020 Final Property Tax Bills has been delayed.  Ample notice will be given to all residents regarding a new due date.  Please contact my office if you have any questions at (908) 359-8211 or mpitts@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

Michael W. Pitts Jr., CPA, CMFO, CTC, QPA
Chief Finance Officer  / Assistant Township Administrator / Tax Collector


 

Dog Days of Summer at SAVE Shelter

We are fortunate in Montgomery to have a well-run private animal rescue shelter. SAVE – A Friend to Homeless Animals – has been rescuing and sheltering abandoned, abused, and homeless dogs and cats in the greater Princeton area since 1941. They provide life-saving medical treatment, food, enrichment and love to hundreds of animals every year.

Please consider the many benefits of adopting a cat or dog from SAVE. You can save the life of a homeless animal and enrich your life as well. By welcoming a homeless pet into your family, you will experience the special reward of saving a shelter animal and gain the unconditional love of a new forever friend.

The shelter, located at 1010 Route 601, Skillman NJ 08558, is currently open by appointment.  They welcome visitors to meet animals currently available for adoption or to volunteer.

SAVE is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter and does not receive funding at the local, state or federal levels.  Please tour our website and visit SAVE to learn more about the many ways you can support the shelter and help homeless animals.

SAVE is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter and does not receive funding at the local, state or federal levels.  Please tour their website at https://savehomelessanimals.org/ and visit SAVE to learn more about the many ways you can support the shelter and help homeless animals.

 


 

Visit a Beautiful Farm or a Sushi Chef
MONTGOMERY’S VIRTUAL MAIN STREET

There are now quite a few businesses who have posted videos on MontgomeryTogether.us’ Virtual Main Street.  Take a look!  Today highlights Hidden Spring Lavender Farm, which has shared a very soothing video, and YaYa Noodles, whose social distancing technique for take-out can’t be beat!

In the videos, our local businesses showcase their products and services, as well as describing the steps they’ve implemented to protect customer safety during covid-19.

If you are a local business, and would like to send us your 30 second to 1 minute video (or need some help in developing same), email to MontgomeryTogether@montgomery.nj.us .


FAITH COMMUNITIES CENSUS WEEKEND

July 24-26 is Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action! Spread the word and make sure to fill out your census form. #FillitOut TODAY at http://2020CENSUS.GOV or call 844-330-2020 or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

#NJCensus2020 #StrengthinNumbers #NJGOTC


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wed., 7-24-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/24

NJ cases: 178,345
NJ deaths: 15,785
Somerset County cases: 5,106
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  128
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
14           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
25           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

134 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 114 presumed recovered a

–   13 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

Which Business Types are Allowed Open & What Guidance Must be Followed?

The Business.NJ.Gov Team has created an up-to-date and useful guidance on what types of businesses are allowed open or are still closed  and what guidance they must follow(as of 7-06-20).  This State of New Jersey article may be found at  https://business.nj.gov and as a PDF here:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/7-06-20_Business-Guidance.pdf

NJ Dept. of Health Public: Executive Directives for Youth Camps and Public Recreational Bathing

See following PDF documents from the New Jersey Department of Health:

https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DOH_20-022ExecDirWAttachmentsPools.108254.pdf

https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DOH_20-023ExecDirAmusementWPwAttach.108253.pdf

https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DOH_ExecutiveDirectiveNo20-021_ChildCare_SummerCamps_1.108252.pdf

Governor Announces Increased Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Limits

Governor Phil Murphy has announced increased indoor and outdoor gathering capacity limits as COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continue to decline. Effective immediately, indoor gatherings are now limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 250 persons, and outdoor religious services and political activities will continue to have no numerical limits.

“While we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commonsense public health measures that New Jerseyans have been complying with are now allowing for us to expand capacity limits,” said Governor Murphy. “We will continue to evaluate and make reopening decisions based on data, science, and facts. I thank the people of our great state for the collective effort that has enabled us to take steps like these.”

Before today’s Order, indoor gatherings were limited to 25% capacity, but with a maximum of 50 persons, and outdoor gatherings were limited to 100 persons, with the exception of outdoor religious services and political activities.

Furthermore, this Order clarifies that for the purposes of outdoor dining, “outdoor areas” are to be defined as open air spaces without a fixed roof, besides a temporary or seasonal awning or cover.

To read Executive Order No. 156, click here.

To view all Executive Orders, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

Admin. Orders on Malls, Libraries, Venue Rental, Other Activities/Special Events

Administrative Order 2020-15 & 2020-16 from State Emergency Management related to:

AO 2020-15: LIBRARIES, SCHOOLS, REAL ESTATE OPEN HOUSES, ESSENTIAL RETAIL, CAR WASHES, YARD SALES, SPECIAL EVENTS & PRIVATE TUTORING :

Administrative Order Libraries & Other Businesses 061520

AO 2020-16: MALLS, SPORTS, LIBRARIES, VENUES (Note: Indoor portions of shopping malls may reopen on June 29):

Administrative Order Malls 061920

To view all Executive Orders, go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html