Ørsted Pro-NJ Grantor Trust Launches

Funds Available with focus on following three business categories: Small, Woman-Owned as well as Minority-Owned and Coastal Resiliency Projects to Support the Growing Offshore Wind Industry in New Jersey

the Trustees of Ørsted’s Pro-NJ Grantor Trust Fund announced details of the fund and the process to apply. The $15 million fund was established by Ørsted following the selection of its Ocean Wind offshore wind farm project by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in June 2019, with the goal of ensuring that the offshore wind industry in New Jersey is developed in a sustainable and inclusive way.

“As the offshore wind industry grows in the Garden State and beyond, small businesses need the capital and the opportunity to enter into this fast-growing new sector,” said Beverly McCall, Esquire, chairperson of the Pro-NJ Grantor Trust. “In the same vein, local towns and counties in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties, undoubtedly will be eager to apply for funds to help them with coastal resiliency projects,” McCall added. 

The first application window begins on February 1 and is dedicated to small, woman-owned and minority-owned businesses. Business owners who fit into those categories may pursue the first step in the process by visiting www.pronjtrust.org and downloading the Request for Expressions of Interest, beginning February 1. To help improve access to funds, the Trustees determined the best way for that to occur is for interested business owners to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI). Once the EOIs are reviewed by the Trustees and members of the Advisory Committee, qualified applicants will be invited to submit formal proposals.

The initial window to submit EOIs is set for three weeks, February 1 through close of business on February 19, and may be extended depending on the number of EOIs received. Following the award of funds to small, woman-owned and minority-owned businesses, the Trustees will publish a second Request for Expressions for Interest directed toward coastal municipalities and counties in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The following list represents some, but not all the fields the Trust seeks to fund:

• Onshore and offshore light logistics and services

• Marine vessel supply and maintenance

• Aviation supply and maintenance

• Buildings – construction and repair

• Professional services (communications, environmental/permitting, engineering, etc.)

• Turbine blade inspection and service

• Fuel service and supply

• Network/wireless communications supply, service, and repair

• Workforce training, trade/safety, etc.

• Cleaning and janitorial

• Food service and catering

• Onshore and offshore surveys

• Project and risk management

• Health and safety equipment and clothing

• Marine clothing/equipment supply

The Pro-NJ Grantor Trust is governed by three volunteer Trustees. Attorney Beverly McCall of Ocean City serves as board chair along with Belinda Manning, of Pleasantville, a retired organizational development professional and community volunteer/activist, and Lori Pepenella, of Barnegat, the CEO of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.  A community-based Advisory Committee comprised of nine individuals from Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties help support the Trust’s mission.