On October 21st, 2013 Governor Christie announced that his Administration was partnering with the Department of Homeland Security to create a $7 million grant program for select gas stations.
The program, which is voluntary, will provide grants of up to $15,000 for stations with a tank capacity of between 30,000 and 35,000 gallons and $65,000 for stations with more storage capacity.
The money can be used to fully install the wiring and transfer switches necessary to run a generator, or can be used to fund part or in some circumstances the entire cost of generator installation.
The roughly 250 stations that have been chosen were selected primarily for their close proximity to important highways. Stations with larger capacities and that sold diesel were given preference.
On November 15, 2013 the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) met and discussed the details of the plan. They will be in charge of administering it and will be reaching out to all the stations that they believe meet the outlined eligibility requirements. Click here to view the document detailing the program further.
On December 9, NJGCA sent a letter to all stations eligible for the Program. The letter provided some information and specific instructions about applying for the program, as well as NJGCA’s recommendations for Generator Contractors. To view the letter, please click here.
On January 7, 2014 NJGCA and the NJ EDA (Economic Development Authority) sent out a joint letter to all eligible stations announcing the official launch of the program and the beginning of the 8 week application period. The letter provided the website, email address and phone number specifically designated to the Generator Grant Program at the EDA. Please click here to read the letter.