The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that the County has received funding through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in the amount of $7,289,244 to provide grants for the reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to qualified small businesses, microenterprises, and nonprofit organizations either located in or providing services to low-moderate income areas.  Funds will be administered through the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and are subject to HUD program rules and requirements.   

The application will be a 2 step process:


STEP 1 - Application Portal (will be available October 25th)

The first step will require you to submit your business information along with some general information about the project you are applying for.  The information submitted will be reviewed and, upon completion of that portion of the application, you will receive a link via email to begin the second step in the process when available.   


STEP 2 - Expense Portal (will be available no later than November 10th)

This step will require you to submit the details of the project you will be applying for.  This should include the submission of invoices, bids and/or quotes if applicable.   The application will then undergo a comprehensive eligibility review.  Your final determination will be communicated via email from the County.  We estimate this process to take between 6 to 8 weeks. 



Although an online application will soon be available, applicants are strongly encouraged to use the “CDBG Location Eligibility Look Up Apps” based on organizational type to determine if they are in a Monmouth County program eligible area in accordance with HUD requirements.

  1. For Microbusinesses (5 employees or less including the owner) and Nonprofit organizations eligible locations, click here
  2. For Small businesses (between 5 and 50 employees, less than $5 million in annual gross revenue) eligible locations, click here


Applications located in ineligible areas will be rejected.  Applicants located in Asbury Park, Long Branch, and Middletown are not eligible at this time as these communities have their own CDBG programs.  Please contact the CDBG representative in these respective communities for other eligible programs.


Each applicant may apply for up to $20,000 towards the reimbursement of eligible expenses associated with preparing, preventing, and/or responding to coronavirus. 

Eligible expenses may include:

For microenterprises and small businesses:


For nonprofit public service purposes:


Ineligible and nonrefundable expenses include:



Step 1 of the application process will begin with the official launch of the online portal set for Monday, October 25.  In the meantime, please be prepared to provide the following documentation for the application process:

Below is a list of documents required:


STEP 1- The Application Portal:

Small Business & Micro-Enterprise:

·       Demographic Information (Optional) 

·       Certification (Must be Signed and Dated) 

·       Environmental Review Acknowledgement (Must be Signed, Dated and Initialed) 



·       Project Description (250 Summary) 

·       Mission Statement/ Services Provided 

·       Organization’s capacity to implement the proposed project/program, including who will be involved in the project/program? 

·       Brief description of agency’s record keeping system with relevance to the proposed project/program. 

·       Agency’s auditing requirements, including those for the proposed project program.    

·       If services offered by your organization increase or expand as a result of the CDBG-CV answer the following questions: 

·        What new programs or services will be provided or describe how existing program or services will be expanded? 

·       What percentage of an increase is expected and directly related to COVID-19? 

·       What other funding and resources is your organization receiving to respond to COVID-19, if any? 

·       If your program/nonprofit services homeless households, please describe how your program coordinates with other homeless service providers to connect individuals and families to resources. The following information must be defined: 

·       Annual number and eligible type of individuals helped by project. Please enter the costs per service or cost per unit if applicable. (To be included in the Project Description)   

·       (Optional) Demographic Information 

·       Certification (Must be Signed and Dated) 

·       Environmental Review Acknowledgement (Must be Signed, Dated and Initialed) 


 STEP 2- The Expense Portal:

Small Business & Micro-Enterprise:

Plus documentation regarding the project applied for- including but not limited to invoices/quotes/bids:


Eligible Expenses:  




Plus documentation regarding the project applied for- including but not limited to invoices/quotes/bids:

Eligible Expenses:   



The following are a list of ineligible expenses and costs:


Online applications will be accepted through January 31, 2022. 


Please check back on October 25th for the official launch of the online portal.