Murphy Administration Announces More Than $2.4 Million in Local Government Grants in 2022 for Shared Services Initiatives

LEAP grants are designed to promote and encourage service sharing

TRENTON – The Murphy Administration and the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) today announced the awarding of 20 Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) grants to New Jersey local government entities. These grants, totaling $2.478 million, will help local governments pursue shared services initiatives to reduce taxpayer costs and improve services. The fellowships will support the County Coordination Fellowship Program underway in several New Jersey counties while encouraging the design and implementation of a variety of shared service activities including public safety, emergency dispatch, sanitation, public works, transport and school feasibility studies.

“The awarding of LEAP grants this year demonstrates the continued commitment Governor Murphy and I have made to advancing shared services among local governments in New Jersey,” said Acting Governor Sheila Oliver, who is commissioner of the DCA. “Shared services can and do work. We look forward to seeing the progress made by local governments through these grants and hope that more communities will take advantage of these grants in future funding rounds.

The LEAP program includes three grant opportunities:

  • Challenge Grants, which foster innovation and collaboration on larger projects that produce shared services of significant significance;
  • implementation grants, which help cover costs associated with implementing shared services and school feasibility studies; and
  • County Coordinator Scholarship Grants, which support the hiring of a full-time County Shared Services Coordinator to identify and advance potential shared services within a county.

“Helping local governments succeed is central to the mission of the Local Government Services Division. Without a doubt, this grant program advances our mission by providing financial assistance to local governments to study and implement shared services opportunities that reduce property taxes and strengthen the services people rely on,” said DLGS director Jacquelyn Suárez. “LEAP is a worthy undertaking that our division is proud to administer year after year. »

The following local government entities will receive 2022 LEAP grants:

Applicant Type of grant Sotck exchange
Atlantic County County Coordinator Scholarship $50,000
Burlington County County Coordinator Scholarship $50,000
Cumberland County County Coordinator Scholarship $50,000
Hudson County County Coordinator Scholarship $50,000
County of Somerset County Coordinator Scholarship $50,000
Union County County Coordinator Scholarship $50,000
Borough of Haddonfield Challenge $75,000
Absent city Implementation $201,364
Atlantic County Implementation $64,078
Borough of Belmar Implementation $243,750
Borough of Bernardsville Implementation $46,804
Hudson County Implementation $250,000
Borough of Longport Implementation $56,250
Mount Olive Township Implementation $112,500
Township of Plumsted Implementation $250,000
Township of Robbinsville Implementation $250,000
Township of the village of Orange du Sud Implementation $250,000
Canton of Sparta Implementation $229,000
Town of Ventnor (1) Implementation $37,500
Town of Ventnor (2) Implementation $112,500
Total amount granted $2,478,746

To support local governments’ interest in shared services, DLGS established the Local Support Office (LAB), which provides technical assistance for every step of the shared services process, from identification to implementation. The LAB team is comprised of municipal professionals who possess expertise and accumulated knowledge, skill sets and ideas to bring an inventive and professional perspective to the field of municipal shared services.

Additionally, in 2018 Governor Murphy appointed Nicolas Platt and Jordan Glatt as Shared Services Czar, who are ready and available to provide advice and support to local governments considering entering into a shared services agreement.

“We are very pleased that local leaders are using LEAP grants to explore ways to benefit their constituents, and we stand ready to support them in this meaningful work,” said the New Jersey Shared Services Czars and former mayors Nicolas Platt and Jordan Glatt. “In partnership with the Local Government Services Division, we have made significant progress in helping communities see the value and benefits of shared service agreements. We appreciate that the LEAP program is a reliable tool that we can use throughout our work. »

Local governments interested in learning more about shared services can email [email protected] or visit www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/programs/lab.html.

DCA offers a wide range of programs and services, including affordable housing production, fire safety, building security, community planning and development, local government management and finance, and disaster recovery.