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Non-Federal Cost Shares (Match) Program

Numerous federal funding programs used in the Sandy recovery effort require non-federal levels of government to share in the costs of recovery projects. This cost share is also known as “match.” The State, county, municipality or other government entity benefitting from the recovery project must pay for a portion of the project and then the federal government pays the remainder.

Using Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds, the Non-Federal Cost Share (Match) Program provides the New Jersey Department of Transportation with funding to cover the federal cost share requirements of the Federal Highway Administration for Sandy-related transportation and infrastructure projects such as the repair of Route 35.

The Match Program also provides the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection with funding to cover the federal cost share requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the repair and restoration of wastewater treatment systems, water supply systems, and potable drinking water facilities, as well as increasing the resiliency and durability of these systems to help mitigate future risk and loss.

Additionally, the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program requires the State and local government entities to pay a 10 percent match for disaster recovery projects while FEMA pays the remaining 90 percent. For a number of Sandy-impacted communities, the 10 percent match has resulted in a financial burden for local governments and, by extension, their local property taxpayers. Rather than see property taxes increase in communities affected by Sandy, the State stepped in to cover some or all of the 10 percent cost share through the Non-Federal Cost Share (Match) Program.

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Sandy Recovery Division accepted applications in 2016 for the Match Program, which provides Sandy-impacted municipalities, counties and public school districts with financial assistance for eligible disaster recovery costs. Applications are no longer being accepted. The Match Program is intended to provide funding for some or all of the 10 percent match required by the FEMA PA Program to pay for recovery activities such as debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Eligible applicants had to be either municipalities, counties,

or public school districts. They had to be located in the nine (9) most impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union) as detailed in the State’s Disaster Recovery Action Plan, in order to be eligible to receive funding for the local match requirement under the FEMA PA Program.

The eligible disaster recovery project categories under the FEMA PA Program for the local cost share are: Category A (Debris Removal) and Category B (Emergency Protective Measures). Funding for the Match Program is from federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery dollars awarded to the State of New Jersey for recovery from Sandy. People can find more information about the program by reading the Non-Federal Cost Share Program Frequently Asked Questions.