Business Support - COVID-19

Information for NJ Businesses

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Sustain and Serve NJ Program

On November 13, 2020, the NJEDA Board approved the creation of the Sustain and Serve NJ program, a $2 million grant program that will provide funding to organizations that will be used to purchase meals, in bulk, from restaurants that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be distributed at no cost to New Jersey residents. Under the Sustain and Serve NJ program, eligible organizations can receive grants of at least $100,000 to support prospective costs associated with the bulk purchasing of meals from New Jersey-based restaurants.

Applications for the program are now open and must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM on Friday, January 8, 2021. Apply Here.  Restaurants are not able to apply directly for the Sustain and Serve NJ program, but may participate in the program by providing meals that are purchased by a grant recipient. To help match potential applicants with restaurants, the NJEDA will make a public list of restaurants that have expressed interest in the program. This list is available as a resource to applicants. Interested restaurants can apply here. 

SID Economic Relief Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis that has enormous economic implications. The federal government has passed a $2 trillion aid packages with more money to follow for sole proprietors and businesses to maintain basic operations to be able to reset and thrive. Click here to complete the survey.

Reopening Safely: A Guide to Recovery and Reinvention

For the NJBIA industry-specific best practice documents and a reopening toolkit click here.  

Economic Assistance for Businesses & Individuals

The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA) has launched the Small Business Lease-Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which is offering grants up to $10,000 to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 for rent or lease relief. Grants are available to small businesses located in NJRA’s 64 eligible municipalities in properties under 5,000 square feet:

• Tenants leasing commercial space in mixed-use buildings;

• Tenants leasing space in commercial buildings;

• Tenants leasing space to operate a storefront business.

The application opens on August 10th at 9:00 a.m. and grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. CLICK HERE!

The State of New Jersey is providing guidance to all businesses being impacted by COVID-19. Please refer to the following link: Topics covered include operations guidance, economic assistance for business, benefits for impacted individuals, and more.

To apply for State Unemployment Insurance, please visit or call the following phone numbers:
NORTH JERSEY: 201-601-4100
CENTRAL JERSEY: 732-761-2020

New Jersey State Executive Order - limiting business operations 

Restaurants and bars are limited to offering takeout and delivery. Dining in is currently at 25% capacity. 

Gov. Murphy Executive Order #125 for NJ TRANSIT, Private Carriers, and Restaurants - Currently in effect 

Sale of Alcoholic Beverages by Certain License and Permit Holders for Takeout and Delivery - Currently in effect

Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses - Currently in effect 

Please note that bills above will expire six months following the date: (1) on which the state of emergency has ended; or (2) on which the coronavirus-related occupancy or customer seating restrictions no longer apply to the licensed premises, whichever occurs later.

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