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Angel Investor Tax Credit Program

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The New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Program establishes refundable tax credits for qualified investments in New Jersey emerging technology businesses to stimulate investment in the innovation economy.

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Eligibility

  • Investors in eligible emerging technology businesses or venture funds in New Jersey
  • Both the investor and the technology company must complete the application no later than 6 months from the date of investment
  • Fewer than 225 full-time employees, 75% of whom must work in NJ
  • Commercializes one or more of the following eligible technologies in the State: Advanced Computing, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Electronic Devices, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Mobile Communications, Renewable Energy Technology, and Carbon Footprint Reduction Technology

Benefits

Tax credits equal to 20% of a qualified investment with a potential 5% bonus

Technology
Life Sciences
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Aspire

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March 1, 2027

Aspire is a gap financing tool to support commercial, mixed-use, and residential real estate development projects. This tool replaces the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant (ERG).

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Eligibility

  • The project must demonstrate through New Jersey Economic Development Authority analysis that without the incentive award, the redevelopment project is not economically feasible
  • Must demonstrate that a project financing gap exists and/or the redevelopment project will generate a below-market rate of return
  • Be located in a designated Incentive Area
  • Include a developer with equity participation of at least 20% of the total cost
  • The project must in a net positive benefit to the State
  • Must meet specific cost thresholds, depending on where the project is located

Benefits

  • Total award cap of $42M, but residential projects also receiving Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), or projects located in certain economically disadvantaged locations may receive up to $60M
  • Tax credits equal to 45% of project costs up to $42M

Bonuses:

  • Commercial projects in a Government Restricted Municipalities (GRM) (These municipalities include: Atlantic City, Paterson and Trenton) can receive tax credits up to 50% of costs in project support
  • Newly constructed residential projects that are also utilizing 4% LIHTCs can receive tax credits for up to 60% of project costs
  • Projects using LIHTC or any other project in a Qualified Incentive Track (QIT), GRM, or municipality with a Municipal Revitalization Index (MRI) distress score of at least 50, can receive tax credits up to $60M
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Bond Financing

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The Bond Financing program provides bond financing to qualified manufacturing companies, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and other facilities in New Jersey.

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Eligibility

  • Manufacturing and processing facilities, certain government-owned facilities, facilities that furnish utilities, and some 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that meet Internal Revenue Code requirements for tax-exempt bond financing.
  • Bonds can be used for projects that are owned and operated for the benefit of local, county, and state government bodies and for capital improvements and expansions.

Benefits

  • Tax-exempt bonds of up to $10M for manufacturers
  • Unlimited for non-profits and public infrastructure projects
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Brownfield Assessment Grant

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The Brownfield Assessment Grant Program provides grant money to support site assessment at any eligible brownfield site in NJ.

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Eligibility

  • Available for eligible brownfield sites in the state for the purpose of assessing known or suspected site contamination

Benefits

Free environmental site assessment to evaluate contamination at brownfield sites

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Brownfield Impact Fund (USEPA RLF)

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This is a pilot program, funded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Revolving Loan Fund (USEPA RLF) grant that will provide $800,000 in funding for loans to private developers and loans and/or sub-grants to public sector and non-profits to carry out cleanups at brownfield sites.

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Eligibility

  • Funds must be allocated to environmental cleanup (not assessment or investigation)

Benefits

Addresses funding gaps to make the remediation phase of a project financially viable for remedial actions and other eligible activities

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Catalyst R&D Voucher Program

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The Catalyst Research and Development (R&D) Voucher Pilot Program supports New Jersey-based early-stage company efforts to accelerate the development and innovation of technologies from the research stage into commercially viable technologies, leading to industry and investor interest.

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Eligibility

  • Must be registered to conduct business in New Jersey at the time of application
  • Cannot have more than 25 full-time employees (35hrs per week) at the time of application and throughout the voucher duration
  • 100% of the project work has to be conducted in NJ
  • Minimum of one full-time employee working in NJ at the time of application and throughout the voucher duration
  • 50% or more of the work is conducted in NJ
  • Applicant must obtain a signed approval letter from a participating university/college, Federal lab, or non-profit organization confirming that the facility is capable and willing to provide the services that will be supported by the voucher (current list of participating facilities)

Benefits

This program is a $275,000 pilot program. Eligible applicants can apply for vouchers of up to $25,000 to help offset the cost of leveraging R&D resources, facilities, and equipment at the state’s academic universities, colleges, federal, and non-profit laboratories to advance their technology development.

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Clean Tech Research & Development (R&D) Voucher Program

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The Clean Tech Research & Development (R&D) Voucher Program helps New Jersey early-stage clean tech and clean energy companies offset the cost of accessing equipment at participating New Jersey universities or federal labs for R&D.

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Eligibility

  • Must be a New Jersey-based clean energy and clean technology company
  • Company must have 50 or fewer full-time employees

Benefits

Vouchers totaling up to $15,000 per year

Technology
Clean Energy
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Manufacturing
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Digital Media Tax Credit

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The Digital Media Tax Credit Program provides a transferable credit against the corporate business tax and the gross income tax to incentivize companies to produce content in New Jersey.

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Eligibility

  • Companies must produce content in New Jersey

Benefits

  • A tax credit equal to 20% of qualified digital media production expenses, or
  • 25% of qualified digital media production expenses for services performed and tangible personal property purchased through vendors located in specific New Jersey counties
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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Direct Loans

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New Jersey businesses committed to job creation or retention may be eligible for direct loans through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) when conventional financing is not available.

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Eligibility

  • Businesses must commit to creating or maintaining 1 job for every $65,000 of assistance. There is an application fee of $1,000

Benefits

Loans up to $2M for fixed assets or up to $750,000 to be used for fixed assets or working capital

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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program

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This program provides low-interest loans to finance the costs of infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements and to protect public health.

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Eligibility

Must be a nonprofit, non-community water systems in New Jersey and use the funds for the following construction projects:

  • Water treatment facilities correcting a system's non-compliance with Surface Water Treatment requirements, acute violations, maximum contaminant levels, lead, and copper rule exceedance, or secondary drinking water regulation exceedance
  • Consolidation of water systems to comply with the SDWA
  • Rehabilitation of existing water treatment facilities, water mains, pump stations, water storage facilities, or new water storage facilities to maintain compliance with the SDWA and wells
  • Allowances for planning and design are also available

Benefits

Provides short-term loans at 0.337% Interest to replace and update drinking water infrastructure

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