Want To Adopt A Spot In Berkeley? There’s Funding Available

Berkeley Town Hall (Photo by Jason Allentoff)

BERKELEY – The township recently received a $121,496 New Jersey Clean Communities Grant, and are looking for nonprofit groups to either “Adopt a Spot” or “Adopt a Road.”

“The Township will use a portion of this grant to offset salaries of employees that clean and maintain our parks and beaches along with the funding of mini-grants to local non-profit civic and community groups that take advantage of our “Adopt a Spot” or “Adopt a Road” program.” Mayor Carmen Amato said.

There are some rules that organizations must follow, and there have been some changes to the program this year, he said. The locations must be approved through an application process. Organizations will be limited to a maximum of two spots, to make sure everyone gets a chance. If there is leftover funding, groups can apply for more. If the project is approved, they receive a $500 grant for their organization.

“These clean-ups provide a valuable service in keeping our township clean. The funding also provides for equipment related to the clean-ups, education and enforcement of litter laws. We plan on using some of these groups to help tidy up our streets and areas along the maritime areas where remnants of Superstorm Sandy remain,” he said.

Any nonprofit organizations in Berkeley that want to participate in the program, should call Public Works at 732-341-1022.

“I would like to once again thank the State for their commitment in funding this vital grant program,” Amato said.