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07/10/2024   Local Finance Notice 2024-11 - Volunteer Fire & EMS Incentives
07/10/2024   General Ledger & Encumbrance Accounting Systems- Regulatory Update
07/09/2024   Webinar for Municipalities on Addressing Unsheltered Homelessness
06/03/2024   FY2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant - Recipient Procedures
05/31/2024   FY 2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant (LRIG) - Grant Awards Annou
05/22/2024   Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificates (Renewal)
05/08/2024   Updated Local Public Contracts Law Reference Guide Now Available
05/08/2024   Register Today! NJ Certified Public Manager Capstone Project Panel Dis
04/11/2024   FY2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant - Application Submittal Dead
03/13/2024   ARP-FFG Grant Awards Announcement
03/15/2024   24-07 Annual Financial Disclosure Statement Filing (LGE Representative
02/28/2024   FY2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant Deadline Extension
02/22/2024   Local Finance Notice 2024-04 - New Russia-Belarus Law Developments
01/30/2024   FY 2024 Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) Grant Announcement
01/24/2024   2024 NJ Parent Link Redesign - Input and Feedback Is Needed from Local
01/11/2024   FY24 Local Recreation Improvement Grant
12/20/2023   LFN 2023-22 CY2024 Budget Matters
11/30/2023   N.J.A.C. 5:30 Readoption - Budget, Audit and Financial Administration
10/23/2023   FY2024 American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant
10/13/2023   LFN 2023 - 19 - Calendar Year 2024 Municipal and County Budget Cap In

Local Finance Notice 2024-11 - Volunteer Fire & EMS Incentives - 07/10/2024

The Division of Local Government Services is aware that various local units pay incentives to volunteer firefighters for purposes of maintaining and increasing volunteer rosters. Local Finance Notice 2024-11, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/lfns/2024/2024-11.pdf, updates municipalities and fire districts on current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidance pertaining to incentives paid to volunteer firefighters, along with first aid, ambulance, and rescue squad volunteers ("EMS"), other than the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP). Nominal stipends funded through the federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program's volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention (R&R) grant is also discussed.

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General Ledger & Encumbrance Accounting Systems- Regulatory Update - 07/10/2024

Local Finance Notice 2024-09, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/lfns/2024/2024-09.pdf, details the substantial updates made to N.J.A.C. 5:30-5.7 by the Local Finance Board as part of its readoption of N.J.A.C. 5:30. N.J.A.C. 5:30-5.7 establishes required procedures for proper maintenance of a general ledger accounting system that are applicable to all local units, including authorities, fire districts, and joint meetings/regional service agencies. The Notice also discusses updates made to Subchapter 5 as it pertains to encumbrance accounting for purchasing.

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Webinar for Municipalities on Addressing Unsheltered Homelessness - 07/09/2024

In response to activity around homeless encampments in various towns, along with the recent SCOTUS Grants Pass decision, DHCR's Office of Homelessness Prevention, in partnership with the Division of Local Government Services at the Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Human Services, is planning a webinar on July 23, 2024 for municipalities on addressing unsheltered homelessness from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

The emphasis will be on ways to address unsheltered homelessness and encampments without engaging in traumatic clearances that increase tension and complicate coordinated housing efforts, with a focus on:

1) How to connect with Continuums of Care and resources locally, focusing on building relationships and thoughtful planning.

2) Street outreach, Rapid rehousing, Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) and other DCA and DHS resources and programs through which persons living in encampments can rapidly enter into housing.

3) Evidenced-based and compassionate engagement strategies that are proven to assist people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, led by some of DCA and DHS outreach providers like Bridges and CSPNJ.

The webinar will last approximately 90 minutes via MS Teams.

Materials will be distributed prior and after the webinar.

Registration is required and available using the following link: https://events.gcc.teams.microsoft.com/event/0e066572-6e2b-47a3-90fc-c4ab013c283c@5076c3d1-3802-4b9f-b36a-e0a41bd642a7

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FY2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant - Recipient Procedures - 06/03/2024

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) announced today the grant awards for the FY 2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant (LRIG) Program totaling $25 million to 372 recipients.

The LRIG award amounts differ from the amounts requested by the applicants. Therefore, awardee grant applications will be returned through SAGE under the heading of "Application Modifications Required" and each grant recipient is required to go into SAGE and modify the "Budget Overview" section "DCA Funds Requested" portion of the application to reflect the grant amount awarded by DLGS.  Please SAVE changes. Go back to application menu and select "Submit Modified Application."

The grant application budget modifications are to be resubmitted through SAGE no later than Friday, June 7, 2024. Failure to meet this deadline may result in the loss of your grant award.

Grant recipients are reminded to review their SAGE "Agency Profile" information and update the "Agency Information" page, "Contact Information," and "Vendor Number". Please be mindful that agency updates need to be submitted, so check the task list in SAGE to be sure it is not pending as initiated. Grant recipients are also reminded to update the “Grantee Contact Information” and "Email Grant Contacts" once the grant agreement is sent to the grant recipients for execution.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email LRIG@dca.nj.gov.

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FY 2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant (LRIG) - Grant Awards Annou - 05/31/2024

DCA Awards $25 Million in Local Recreation Improvement Grants to 372 Local Governments Across the State; Grant Funding Will Help Improve Municipal and County Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Local Stadiums

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) today announced the award of $25 million in Local Recreation Improvement Grants to counties, municipalities, and school districts across New Jersey to ensure public access to quality outdoor space and recreational facilities. The grants were awarded to 372 local governments after a competitive application process.

"DCA recognizes that a big part of what makes a community healthy and dynamic is having well-maintained public places for outdoor activities. For three years running, the Department has provided grants to local governments to help them upgrade their parks, playgrounds, sports fields, and other recreational spaces," said DCA Commissioner Jacquelyn A. Suarez.

Grant recipients will use the funding to help cover costs associated with updating community centers, playgrounds, pools, fields, walking or bicycle trails, rail trails, multi-sport courts, and recreational facilities. The grants can also be utilized for project development professional services such as engineering and architectural costs; equipment costs including playgrounds or bleachers for stadiums or community theaters; and environmental remediation costs required to prepare recreation sites for use.

A full list of the recipients, including grant award and grant project, is posted at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/lriggrants.shtml on the DCA website.

A copy of the FY 2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant Management Guidelines is attached and can also be found at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/lriggrants.shtml.

 

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Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificates (Renewal) - 05/22/2024

Notice sent on behalf of ABC License Verification Unit, New Jersey Division of Taxation

Dear Municipal Clerk:

The Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificates (Renewal) have been updated for the 2024 - 2025 season. As of today, Wednesday May 22, 2024, you can view which renewals have been issued and ready for you to print to allow for renewal.

Be aware, you must have a renewal clearance in order to pass your resolution for the 2024 - 2025 year. Should a licensee not have clearance, IMMEDIATELY contact the licensee, and advise them you have not received their renewal clearance.

All the licenses have been cleared except for the older licenses that were not cleared last year.

Please advise the licensee that they can either 1) contact the caseworker they are currently corresponding with at the New Jersey Division of Taxation or;

2) they can reach out via email to the ABC Licensing Unit at: ABCclearance.Public@treas.state.nj.us.

Statuses will not be discussed with the Clerks.

If there is a licensee that has transferred their license after December 31, 2023 and you have BOTH a Renewal Clearance in the name of the prior licensee AND an Alcoholic Beverage Retail Licensee Clearance Certificate (Transfer) to the current licensee in your possession, they are in compliance and can be renewed.

Should an active licensee obtain a renewal clearance and the final meeting before July 1, 2024 has passed, they must obtain an ad-interim to get them to the next meeting in order to continue to sell alcohol.

To view the list of licensees in your municipality and those cleared by Taxation, login to your myNJ/GovConnect account at http://Portal.NJ.gov and click the "Annual ABC License Clearance" link located in the GovConnect Links section. Here you will see all licensees that are clear or need to be cleared within your municipality.

NOTE:

       -  If you are a Municipal Clerk and DO NOT have a User ID and Password for login to the myNJ/GovConnect website, please email your

          request for a "GovConnect Authentication Code" to EGG@dca.nj.gov.

       -  If you are a Municipal Clerk and HAVE a User ID and Password and CAN login to myNJ/GovConnect but DO NOT HAVE THE LINK "Annual

          ABC License Clearance," please email your request for a "GovConnect Authentication Code" to EGG@dca.nj.gov.

NOTE: If you are an ABC SECRETARY, and do not have access to the listing for your municipality: Please email ABCclearance.Public@treas.state.nj.us with information to set up your access.

Thank you,

 

ABC License Verification Unit

New Jersey Division of Taxation

 

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Updated Local Public Contracts Law Reference Guide Now Available - 05/08/2024

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) in partnership with Rutgers Center for Government Services (CGS) announces the publication of Version 2.1 of the N.J. Local Public Contracts Law and Regulations Reference Guide.

The Guide is an indispensable reference for all procurement officials and those other officials with procurement responsibilities. It contains the full text of the Local Public Contracts Law and various supplemental procurement regulations and other guidance material. It is the goal of DLGS and Rutgers CGS to provide periodic updates. You can review the changes and download the updated version here: https://rutgers.app.box.com/s/jhnehsrq56yj618vlf70jl1wwfzk2w7x.

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Register Today! NJ Certified Public Manager Capstone Project Panel Dis - 05/08/2024

This free course has been approved by the NJ Department of Community Affairs for 1 contact hour of continuing education units for the following professional certifications: County Certified Finance Officer, Certified Municipal Finance Officer, Certified Public Works Manager, Registered Municipal Clerk, Certified Tax Collector and Qualified Purchasing Agent

Experience the Power of NJ Certified Public Manager (CPM) Expertise:

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn from two CPM graduates who completed exceptional Capstone Projects and successfully implemented them.

Mark Your Calendar

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Cost: Free

If you have any questions, please contact: cliptraining.support@csc.nj.gov

For more information about CPM Program, please visit the website at: https://nj.gov/csc/training/cpm

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FY2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant - Application Submittal Dead - 04/11/2024

IMPORTANT NOTICE - PLEASE DELIVER TO THE APPROPRIATE PERSONNEL ASAP

On January 11, 2024 the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) announced that applications are being accepted for the Local Recreation Improvement Grant (LRIG) Program that is being offered to New Jersey counties, municipalities and school districts. The Murphy Administration has allocated $25 million in the Fiscal Year 2024 budget to this competitive grant program that supports improvement and repair of public recreation facilities including local parks, municipal recreation centers, and local stadiums.

This is a reminder that applications must be submitted through the NJDCA SAGE Portal and are due no later than 5:00 P.M. EST on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (no exceptions). Please do not forget to select SUBMIT, otherwise the application will not be received. Also, please be mindful to make sure that the agency information is up to date, otherwise the system will not allow you to submit. If an update is required, it must be done immediately to allow adequate processing and approval time by the Department of Community Affairs' IT unit.

The following are required to be submitted with the Local Recreation Improvement Grant:

  1. Grant application
  2. Governing body resolution
  3. Project narrative
  4. Detailed proposed project budget
  5. Letter certifying that the applicant maintains ownership of property where improvements are being made.

If your application is submitted, no further action is required.

Program guidelines and detailed information about the FY2024 LRIG Program is available at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/lrig_docs/FY%202024%20-%20Local%20Recreation%20Improvement%20Grant%20Guidelines.pdf.

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NEW INSTRUCTIONS ON OBTAINING A VENDOR ID FOR APPLICANTS THAT DO NOT ALREADY HAVE A NJSTART VENDOR ID.

The Division of Local Government Services serves as an advocate for local government interests and provides technical and financial assistance in budgeting, financial reporting, joint services, purchasing, and management issues. They are responsible for the financial integrity of all local government units and review and approve all municipal, county, and fire district budgets. They also review many local government financial actions and govern and guide the conduct of local government officials.

For more information about DCA and The Division of Local Government Services, visit https://nj.gov/dca/.

Please email LRIG@dca.nj.gov with any questions.

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ARP-FFG Grant Awards Announcement - 03/13/2024

Murphy Administration Awards $20 Million in American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grants to 353 Fire Departments in New Jersey. Grants Will Ensure Firefighters Have Proper Fire Protection, Cleaning, and Sanitization Equipment.

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy today announced the award of $20 million in American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grants to local and regional fire departments across New Jersey to ensure firefighters have proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) awarded the grants to 353 fire departments after a competitive application process.

Today's announcement marks the second time the Murphy Administration has awarded American Rescue Plan (ARP) Firefighter Grants. In November 2022, DCA awarded $10 million to 293 fire departments.

"I am pleased that my Administration was able to double the allocation of ARP funds in this year's budget from $10 million to $20 million to fire departments, which provide critical, life-saving services in our communities," said Governor Murphy. "The continuation of the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program for a second cycle means local governments don't have to break the bank to get firefighters the gear and equipment they need. We're putting our federal tax dollars to use here in New Jersey communities for essential services."

"This funding would not be possible without the support of our state and federal legislators, who have time and time again prioritized our first responders," continued Governor Murphy.

"It can be difficult for fire departments to replace equipment when needed due to the high costs involved and financial constraints. The American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grants give fire departments the ability to purchase the equipment they need to protect our communities and keep themselves safe," said DCA Acting Commissioner Jacquelyn A. Suarez. "DCA is proud to administer this important grant program and direct federal funds to the public servants who answer the call to serve their community despite enormous risk to their lives."

From the establishment of the firefighter grant program nearly 25 years ago, to consistently requesting budget resolutions towards funding to support fire departments throughout the state, to the creation of task forces in support of fire safety, New Jersey legislators at the federal and state level have advocated for our fire departments for years.

"As co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I am thrilled to see Governor Murphy allocate $20 million in American Rescue Plan funds to fire departments statewide," said Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09). "I fought to include funding for our first responders in President Biden's American Rescue Plan and I am glad to see the funds put to use for our firefighters. This investment will empower 335 local and regional fire departments across New Jersey, providing them with the resources they need to protect our communities and save lives. I commend Governor Murphy and his administration for their dedication to public safety. In the Congress, I will continue fighting to ensure our first responders have the funding and support they need to keep us and themselves safe."

Fire departments will use the grant funding to help cover costs associated with the purchases of:

-       Protective clothing (turnout clothing ensembles, pants, helmets, hoods, gloves, footwear, etc.);

-       Cleaning and advanced cleaning equipment;

-       Breathing apparatuses;

-       Personal protective equipment (PPE); and

-       Other fire and/or virus protection equipment as determined to be appropriate by DCA's Division of Local Government Services (DLGS).

A full list of the grant recipients, including grant award amount, is posted at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/arpffg.shtml on DCA's website.

To qualify for grant funding, each eligible applicant had to describe the intended use of the funding, list the key personnel and/or outside consultant that will be managing the grant funds and purchase of equipment, and submit a governing body resolution acknowledging and approving any grant application and the proposed plan to use funds for the purchase of approved items.

Grant applications were reviewed based on the following criteria:

-       Scope of fire department need as demonstrated by equipment need, number of service calls, number of active firefighters, distressed city rating, and population of service area.

-       Level of commitment to protecting firefighters as demonstrated by the local match to the grant funding and other grants for protective equipment or other firefighting projects.

All local and regional fire departments in New Jersey were eligible to apply.

The American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grants are reimbursement-based. There is no advance payment or drawdown of grant funds. Eligible costs are reimbursed to the fire department when it submits evidence of payment of qualifying expenses to DCA.

"Safe clothing and gear are extremely important to firefighters' physical and mental health," said State Fire Marshal and Division of Fire Safety Director Richard Mikutsky. "The continuation of these grant funds means so much to these dedicated first responders, many of whom are volunteers."

"Another strong commitment from the Murphy administration to protect New Jersey's bravest. The number one killer to firefighters is cancer. This appropriation will help ensure we continue to take the steps to protect ourselves while we are out there protecting the residents and visitors of New Jersey," said Ed Donnelly, President NJ FMBA.

"The health and safety of Firefighters should be a top priority for everyone in our state. This grant program goes a long way in supporting the well-being of our NJ Firefighters who serve in career and volunteer departments. We applaud Governor Murphy for his leadership and thank everyone involved for this important program. Having proper protective equipment and the ability to maintain that equipment in an uncontaminated condition will help shield the health and safety of Firefighters throughout NJ," said Robert F. Ordway, President, New Jersey State Firemen's Association.

"Since the inception of the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grants program, the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) is honored to stand with the governor on this initiative. We are proud to see the awarding of an additional $20 million in funding. PFANJ firefighters courageously confront dangers daily, and this funding empowers departments to procure essential equipment for our vital duties. Governor Murphy consistently prioritizes the safety of our members, and for that, we express our gratitude," said Matthew Caliente, President, Professional Firefighters Assoc. of NJ, IAFF, NJ AFLCIO.

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24-07 Annual Financial Disclosure Statement Filing (LGE Representative - 03/15/2024

Local Finance Notice 2024-07 has now been issued. The LFN contains important information concerning the annual Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) filing process for Local Government Entity Representatives (LGE Representatives) for 2024. You may view the notice by clicking on this https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/lfns/2024/2024-07.pdf.

Rosters may now be updated. The deadline to complete roster updates is March 29, 2024 as LGOs will be able to start filing shortly thereafter. During this time period for roster updates, Local Government Officers (LGOs) will not be able to access the filing system to file a FDS for 2024.

A separate Local Finance Notice (LFN 2024-08) will be released in the upcoming weeks for distribution to LGOs. The statutory deadline for LGO filing is April 30, 2024. Please wait until LFN 2024-08 has been issued before informing LGOs that they can begin filing.

The Local Finance Board has developed numerous resources, including webinars, to help the LGE Representatives with managing the FDS rosters. The webinars, available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7WdF7A70VAh7emujl7XZOg, show how to manage the FDS roster, as well as how to determine positions that are deemed LGOs, and thus who is required to file. The recording was designed to help LGE Representatives, especially new representatives, understand the FDS system.

If you have questions that are not addressed in LFN 2024-07, please see the Help resources at www.fds.nj.gov, e-mail LFB_FDS@dca.nj.gov, or call the Local Finance Board staff at 609-815-3904.

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FY2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant Deadline Extension - 02/28/2024

FY2024 Local Recreation Improvement Grant (LRIG) Deadline Extension:

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) performed a review of the Local Recreation Improvement Grant applications in SAGE which reflect an extraordinary number of applications that remain in-process and not submitted.

DLGS is urging applicants to review their applications, make corrections if any errors are reflected and submit the application. Upon submittal, the applicant listed in SAGE should receive an email confirmation of their application submittal.

DLGS is extending the deadline for applicants who have applications in process to Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 5:00 P.M. EST. Please note, the application deadline will not be extended again.

If your application is submitted, no further action is required.

Applications must be submitted through the NJDCA SAGE Portal at: https://dcasage.intelligrants.com/Portal.asp.

Program Guidelines and detailed information about the FY2024 LRIG Program is available at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/lrig_docs/FY%202024%20-%20Local%20Recreation%20Improvement%20Grant%20Guidelines.pdf. PLEASE NOTE NEW INSTRUCTIONS ON OBTAINING A VENDOR ID FOR APPLICANTS THAT DO NOT ALREADY HAVE A NJSTART VENDOR ID.

SAGE Application Instructions are available at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/lrig_docs/SAGE%20User%20Manual%20-%20Grantees.pdf.

Please contact Stacey Taylor-Burnell at Stacey.Taylor-Burnell@dca.nj.gov with any questions.

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Local Finance Notice 2024-04 - New Russia-Belarus Law Developments - 02/22/2024

Local Finance Notice 2024-04, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/lfns/2024/2024-04.pdf, explains important new developments on the Russia-Belarus law and the reinstatement of a revised contractor/vendor certification for State and local contracting units.

In light of recent legal developments, on January 22, 2024 the New Jersey Department of the Treasury issued a notice reinstating the Russia-Belarus vendor/contractor certification requirement (https://www.nj.gov/treasury/administration/pdf/NoticeRussia.pdf).

Now, when a contract for goods or services is awarded, renewed, amended, or extended, a contracting unit shall now 1) require a vendor or contractor to certify, using the State Treasury's vendor certification as a template (https://www.nj.gov/treasury/administration/pdf/DisclosureofProhibitedActivitesinRussiaBelarus.pdf), that the vendor or contractor is not identified on the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list due to activity related to Russia and/or Belarus, and 2) type the vendor's or contractor's name and address into the OFAC list search to determine whether they appear on the list due to activity related to Russia and/or Belarus.

Please note that this certification process must be followed before designating a redeveloper under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq.), entering into an agreement for a payment in-lieu of taxes (PILOT), or otherwise awarding a municipal property tax abatement.

A new stand-alone model Iran Investment certification form is also available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/lpcl_docs/YB%20-%20Disclosure%20of%20Iran%20Investments.docx.

Please review Local Finance Notice 2024-04 closely for additional details.

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FY 2024 Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) Grant Announcement - 01/30/2024

The Division of Local Government Services and New Jersey's Shared Services Czars are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for FY 2024 Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) Grants.

LEAP affords an unprecedented opportunity to incentivize shared services implementation across New Jersey's local government entities, advancing the mission of the Shared Services Program.

LEAP facilitates exploring and establishing shared services by providing counties, municipalities, school districts, commissions, authorities and fire districts assistance for the study or implementation of shared services projects undertaken pursuant to the Uniform Shared Service and Consolidation Act.

Applications for LEAP Challenge Grants are due no later than April 15, 2024.

LEAP Implementation and LEAP County Coordinator Fellowship Grants are on a rolling application process; however, application submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on April 15, 2024, for applications to be eligible for grant funding. Limited funding is available under the applicable FY 2024 appropriation and awards under FY 2024 funding cycle must be encumbered before June 30, 2024. A completed application package must be submitted electronically to DLGS at dlgs.leapgrant@dca.nj.gov. The date of email submission shall constitute the date filed. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

Detailed information, including program guidelines and applications about the FY 2024 LEAP, is available at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/Leap_grants.shtml

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2024 NJ Parent Link Redesign - Input and Feedback Is Needed from Local - 01/24/2024

The NJ Parent Link website will be redesigned in 2024. As such, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is encouraging municipal and county governments to participate in a feedback survey to assist with the website redesign. NJDOH requests that local government officials:

-       Complete a survey at:

        https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=0cN2UAI4n0uzauCkG9ZCp8NVfooCrpRLuEMVwLx7cfJUOUlJV083NU9RUkhXUlRTVTc2MVI5QThWSi4u&wdLOR=cC73D6C1D-1B47-4332-9EF0-3FC79C26464D

-       Forward the survey to colleagues, staff, professional, youth, and parent groups to request their participation as well.

NJDOH is asking surveys to be completed during the month of January.

The NJ Parent Link website at https://www.nj.gov/njparentlink/ provides resources for expectant and new parents; families with children; youth and young adults; and professional stakeholders vested in the health, education, and well-being of New Jersey's children and families.

For any additional information or questions about NJ Parent Link, the survey, or the website redesign, please contact Jaime Anderson, the NJ Parent Link administrator, at jamie.anderson@doh.nj.gov or (609) 475.2694.

 

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FY24 Local Recreation Improvement Grant - 01/11/2024

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) today announced that applications are now being accepted for the Local Recreation Improvement Grant (LRIG) Program funding that is being offered to New Jersey counties, municipalities and school districts. The Murphy Administration has allocated $25 million in the Fiscal Year 2024 budget to this competitive grant program that supports improvement and repair of public recreation facilities including local parks, municipal recreation centers, and local stadiums.

Local Recreation Improvement Grant funds will be awarded to successful grant applicants to help cover costs associated with updating community centers, playgrounds, pools, fields, walking or bicycle trails, rail trails, multi-sport courts, and recreational facilities; one-time personnel costs directly related to improvements; project development professional services costs; equipment costs including playground and recreation facilities equipment; and environmental remediation costs required to prepare recreation sites for use.

The Local Recreation Improvement Grant (LRIG) Program was developed to:

-              Fund improvements to recreational facilities;

-              Provide quality outdoor recreational space to underserved communities; and

-              Assist local units in achieving unmet recreational obligations.

New Jersey counties, municipalities, and school districts are eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted through the DCA SAGE Portal at https://dcasage.intelligrants.com/portal.asp and are due no later than 5 p.m. on February 27, 2024.

Program guidelines and detailed information about the FY 2024 LRIG Program are available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/lriggrants.shtml on the DCA website.

The Division of Local Government Services serves as an advocate for local government interests and provides technical and financial assistance in budgeting, financial reporting, joint services, purchasing, and management issues. They are responsible for the financial integrity of all local government units and review and approve all municipal, county, and fire district budgets. They also review many local government financial actions and govern and guide the conduct of local government officials.

For more information about DCA and The Division of Local Government Services, visit https://nj.gov/dca/.

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LFN 2023-22 CY2024 Budget Matters - 12/20/2023

Local Finance Notice 2023-22, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/lfns/2023-22.pdf, contains important updates on the budget process for counties and calendar year municipalities.  Please review this Notice carefully.

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N.J.A.C. 5:30 Readoption - Budget, Audit and Financial Administration - 11/30/2023

At its July 12, 2023 meeting, the Local Finance Board (Board) approved the chapter readoption of N.J.A.C. 5:30 with amendments and new rules. In addition to codifying in regulation certain existing statutes and DLGS guidance, the Board adopted several key changes relevant to local government budgeting, financial administration, and audits which are further detailed in new Local Finance Notice 2023-21 (https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/lfns/2023-21.pdf). Please review this Notice in its entirety. Additional Local Finance Notices will be issued to provide further guidance on specific topics.

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FY2024 American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant - 10/23/2023

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) today announced that the application period is open for the FY24 American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant (ARPFFG) Program, which will help local and regional fire departments in New Jersey provide first responders with proper protective and cleaning equipment. Ensuring that firefighters are protected against the strain of emergency fire requests as well as having proper virus protection is vital in today's world.

All local and regional fire departments in New Jersey are eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted through the NJDCA SAGE Portal and are due no later than 5:00 P.M. EST on December 8th, 2023.

Program Guidelines and detailed information about the FY 2024 ARPFFG Program is available at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/programs/arpffg.shtml

Fire departments must use the grant funding to help cover costs associated with the purchases of:

-     Protective items (turnout clothing ensembles, pants, helmets, hoods, gloves, footwear, etc.);

-     Cleaning and advanced cleaning equipment;

-     Oxygen equipment;

-     Personal protective equipment (PPE); and

-     Other fire and/or virus protection equipment as determined to be appropriate by DCA's Division of Local Government Services (DLGS).

Grant applications will be reviewed and graded based on the following criteria:

-              Describe, in detail, the intended use of grant funding.

-              List the key personnel and/or outside consultant that will be managing the grant funds and purchase of equipment.

-              Submit a governing body resolution acknowledging and approving any grant application and the proposed plan to use funds for the purchase of approved items.

-              Number of fire calls for calendar years 2021, 2022 and 2023.* (As reported in the NFIRS - if used).

-              Number of "Active" firefighters for calendar years 2021, 2022 and 2023. **Note: For volunteer fire companies, do not include "Exempt" members.

-              Population Served.

-              Evidence of serving underserved populations, and/or unmet firefighting needs.

-              Local Match (if no local match, describe why).  Please note:  Local match is not required but is used in the application scoring process.

The American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grants are reimbursement-based. There is no advance payment or drawdown of grant funds. Eligible costs are reimbursed to the fire department when it submits evidence of payment for qualifying expenses to DCA (purchase orders, invoices and front and back of canceled checks must be submitted via "Expense Report" in SAGE to receive any

reimbursement.) Progress reports (Word document containing an update on the project and purchasing for the specifically listed time period) are required to be submitted before any disbursement is reviewed and approved.

 

Attached are SAGE Application Instructions for your convenience. Please contact Stacey Taylor-Burnell at Stacey.Taylor-Burnell@dca.nj.gov or Alessandra Case at Alessandra.Case@dca.nj.gov with any questions.

 

Notice sent to: Municipal Clerks; Municipal CFOs; Fire Districts; (Municipal Clerks please forward to Fire Department Volunteers)

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LFN 2023 - 19 - Calendar Year 2024 Municipal and County Budget Cap In - 10/13/2023

Local Finance Notice 2023-19, accessible at https://www.nj.gov/dca/dlgs/lfns/2023-19.pdf, addresses issues related to CY2024 Municipal and County Budgets and the 1977 and 2010 cap laws. The Notice includes information on the 1977 cap law Cost of Living Adjustment and the use of the COLA ordinance (resolution) increase thresholds.

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