Federal and State Grant Writing

Excel has extensive first-hand experience with the broad range of Brownfield grant and financial incentive programs and packages that have been developed by various New Jersey State agencies over the past 10 years. We have worked closely with leaders of the Brownfield programs within the NJDEP, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA), and New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) (including the Office of Smart Growth) as well as the Brownfield Redevelopment Interagency Team (BRIT) and the Brownfield Task Force to creatively cobble together grants, low or no-interest loans, and other financial incentive and assistance packages for our municipal, county, and redevelopment authority clients.

Excel has prepared grant applications on behalf of our public sector clients that collectively have yielded upwards of 10 million dollars in funds for investigation and remedial action of properties with known or suspected contamination, including grants from the HDSRF for performance of PA, SI, RI, and RA.  We have also prepared comprehensive and highly successful BDA applications that have ranged in size and complexity.

We have obtained every HDSRF grant we have applied for and have developed a highly effective and efficient grant application process and successful working relationships with the NJDEP and NJEDA staff that administer the HDSRF and BDA programs. We have more than ten years of hands-on experience with the nuances of the HDSRF grant program that often makes the difference between success and stalemate.

We are working on multiple projects funded by HDSRF grants within designated BDAs across the State and are knowledgeable and experienced in the BDA management and Steering Committee process through first-hand experience in several large cities.

We have also successfully obtained grants for our municipal clients under the NJRA Brownfield Initiative, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and various programs within the NJDCA and have successfully assisted our public sector clients with the environmental components of the Green Acres Grant program to facilitate revitalization and redevelopment of parks and recreational facilities.

We have hands-on experience with preparation of grant applications under the USEPA Brownfield Pilot Program and have worked with municipal and county redevelopment authorities to develop effective Brownfield Inventories, implement effective strategies for ranking and investigation of candidate properties, and transitioning the PA/SI to RI and remedial action design so that redevelopment can proceed.