FY 2023 Lead Grant Assistance Program (LGAP)

In 2021, the Legislature enacted P.L. 2021, c. 182. This law, which became effective as of July 22, 2022, requires inspections at stipulated times of certain single-family, two-family, and multiple dwelling rental dwelling units for lead-based paint hazards.  Municipalities that maintain a permanent local agency for the purpose of conducting inspections and enforcing laws, ordinances, and regulations concerning buildings and structures, must conduct the inspections.  Municipalities that do not maintain such an office may hire a lead evaluation contractor certified by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) directly or through the use of a shared services agreement as permitted by law. 
The exact type of inspection (whether a visual inspection or a dust wipe sampling) depends on Department of Health data as to the elevated blood lead level in children, six years of age or younger, who are tested within the municipality.  Where an inspection reveals the existence of a lead-based paint hazard, the building owner must perform appropriate remediation.   More detailed information on this law may be found in the guidelines for Lead-Based Paint in Rental Dwellings, posted on the DCA website:  (https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/resources/leadpaint.html), and also in DCA’s proposed regulations, published in the New Jersey Register at 54 N.J.R. 1355, July 18, 2022.


Pursuant to Section 9 of P.L. 2021, c. 182, “[t]here is appropriated from the General Fund to [DCA] the sum of $3,900,000 to effectuate the purposes of P.L. 2021, c. 182 (C. 52:27D-437.16).”   There has also been a re-appropriation of $3,900,000 for FY 2023.  DCA has determined to allocate $7,000,000 of these funds to the newly created Lead Grant Assistance Program (“LGAP”) to assist New Jersey municipalities with costs associated with compliance under P.L. 2021, c. 182.

Beginning May 15, 2023, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS), within the DCA, will begin administration of the LGAP.  Under this program, DCA has pre-calculated award amounts for each eligible municipality based on its relative number of renter-occupied one and two-family housing units constructed before 1980, as reported by property owners to the Census Bureau in the American Community Survey from 2017 to 2021.  Please note that all awards are subject to the continuing availability of appropriated funds.

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On October 6, 2022, DLGS as part of the DLGS Best Practices Inventory[1], requested each municipality to answer whether the municipality would be interested in receiving this funding.  Municipalities responded with yes or no.  Some did not respond at all.    Based on this, DCA determined to provide funding only to municipalities that either responded affirmatively or failed to indicate whether they would be interested in receiving this funding and take the further steps required to receive the grant.  Municipalities that indicated they would not be interested in this funding will not be eligible for funding for this current round of funding under the LGAP program. 

Grant allocation estimates have been determined for each such eligible municipality based on the number of renter-occupied one and two-family housing units constructed before 1980, as reported by property owners to the Census Bureau in the American Community Survey from 2017 to 2021.  These units closely align with the type of properties subject to inspection under P.L 2021, c. 182. 



Municipalities may utilize the funds for compliance with P.L. 2021, c. 182. Specifically, funds may be used for: 

  • Hiring and training of municipal personnel who will perform inspections for lead-based paint hazards in rental units subject to P.L. 2021, c. 182 (including Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor training costs as well as HUD dust-wipe training courses). 
  • If permitted under P.L. 2021, c. 182, payment of an appropriate lead evaluation contractor or payment to another municipality in an appropriate shared service agreement.
  • Personnel costs attributable to lead-based paint hazard inspections by existing employees.
  • Materials and supplies required for carrying out such inspections, such as for dust wipe sampling.
  • Communications materials and mailings to known and potential property owners subject to inspection, including those intended to identify owners of single and two-family rental units.


  • Human Resource services for the hiring of lead inspectors.
  • Municipal building operating costs.
  • Municipal finance department staff costs for required reporting activities.
  • Any related professional services such as the hiring of a marketing contractor, consultant or legal services associated with compliance under the Act.


Applicant eligibility and amounts are pre-determined based from municipality interest shown in the CY 2022 Best Practices Survey.

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To qualify for Lead Grant Assistance Program funding, each eligible applicant must:

  • Submit a governing body resolution (using DLGS’s sample language) acknowledging participation in the program and further authorizing the execution of a grant agreement and compliance to the terms and conditions of the agreement.
  • Submit a Lead Grant Assistance Program grant agreement signed by an authorized official.


Only expenditures incurred between January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023 are eligible under the grant. 

DLGS must be in receipt of one electronic copy of the completed resolution and executed grant agreement by 5:00 P.M. EST on 7/7/2023 for the grantee to be eligible for grant funding.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered for funding. Submissions received after 5:00 P.M. on 7/7/2023 will be rejected.

Municipalities will be notified of acceptance or denial on or about July 30, 2023.

Questions regarding this program can be submitted via e-mail to: lgap@dca.nj.gov or may contact Tiziana Johnson (609) 913-4407. 


Links to:

Lead Inspection Program Funding Estimates

Program Guidelines

Sample Resolution

LGAP Agreement

LGAP Agreement (Fillable PDF Form)


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