The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that it is now accepting applications for the residential component of the Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program. The ERG program, which was originally created to address project financing gaps in development projects, previously stopped accepting new applications in June 2019 because its enabling legislation ended. The Authority first announced the re-opening of the program, enabled by $50 million in tax credits designated in the Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (ERA), in March.

“Thanks to the foresight of Governor Murphy and the Legislature in reopening the ERG program, essential housing projects throughout New Jersey that have been on hold will be able to move forward while the new programs created by the Economic Recovery Act are under development,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “This will not only provide much-needed new housing in our state, but it will also drive economic growth by creating construction jobs and attracting more workers to New Jersey. This is always important, but it is especially crucial now as we begin recovering from the economic impacts of COVID-19.”

The ERA was signed by Governor Phil Murphy on January 7, 2021 to address the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger, fairer New Jersey economy. Under the ERA, residential ERG projects can receive tax credits of up to 30 percent of total eligible project costs. Projects in Atlantic City, Camden, Paterson, Passaic, and Trenton can receive tax credits of up to 40 percent of eligible project costs. ERG tax credits are not meant to be a substitute for conventional debt and equity financing, and applicants should generally have their primary debt financing in place before applying.

The new phase of the ERG program will be administered based on pre-existing ERG regulations and statutes, as amended by the ERA, which added new prevailing wage and minimum wage requirements. For additional information and detailed eligibility requirements, including a clarifying document outlining all requirements and application review protocols for interested parties, visit https://www.njeda.com/erg/. Specific questions can be directed to ergextension@njeda.com.

For information about other programs created by the ERA, please visit https://www.njeda.com/economicrecoveryact/.