Township of Gloucester to get $ 125K per year to improve Arts District

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – The downtown Blackwood Arts District is expected to receive $ 125,000 in state grants for each of the next five years, township officials said Monday.

The Township of Gloucester has received a 5-year designation, including an initial grant of $ 125,000 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Neighborhood Preservation Program, officials said.

The township is seeking the opinion of the community on how to improve the neighborhood. (See below).
Funding is on hold for the state’s annual fiscal capacity, officials said. The money will contribute to economic and community development.

The township is one of 20 communities across the state that received funding, out of a total of 31 that applied.

In addition to the funding, a team of neighborhood preservation program revitalization experts will provide technical assistance and training locally, officials said.

The focus will be on the continued revitalization of the Downtown Blackwood section of the Township of Gloucester. Read more here: Township of Gloucester Considering Redesign of Blackwood West Plan

“I am delighted to announce that the Township of Gloucester will this year receive the NPP grant to further enhance and revitalize the Arts District in the Blackwood section of the Township of Gloucester,” said Township of Gloucester Mayor David Mayer. “Although revitalization efforts have been made in the neighborhood, the support of the NJDCA and the funding available through the Neighborhood Preservation Program will have a huge positive impact on the community.

The goal of the program is to enhance the value of downtown Blackwood. This would be done by improving buildings, streets and the overall physical makeup of the neighborhood.

This includes supporting and coordinating small business recovery, growth and sustainability, as well as District Marketing events and activities. The township would work with local stakeholders in planning and relationship building, officials said.

The state team will work with the township and stakeholders to support a range of bottom-up efforts that create visible and tangible change, leverage other public and private resources, and meet the real needs and aspirations of stakeholders. Gloucester Township Arts District, including residents and business owners, officials said.

A coordinator will create an implementation plan that includes community engagement, local knowledge and hard data to come up with projects and programs that help meet local needs.

The Township of Gloucester is seeking input from people who live, work, shop and eat in the Township of Gloucester Arts District for the program. The online survey will help determine projects and priorities designed to revitalize and rejuvenate the area located in the downtown Blackwood section of the Township of Gloucester and spur economic growth.

The deadline to complete the survey, which is available in multiple languages, is December 31. Visit www.GloTwp.com to register your contribution.

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