FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 13, 2014


Local Governments Receive Grants to Support Ongoing Recreational Programs and Special Events

TRENTON, N.J. – The Department of Community Affairs today announced 5 counties and 28 municipalities that have been awarded a total of $585,000 in grants through the Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities (ROID) program. ROID grants assist local governmental entities in meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to include people with disabilities into their municipal and county recreation and leisure services and to provide the necessary accommodations to ensure their full inclusion.


This round of funding will support recreation, performing arts, and leisure programs including a fishing derby, after-school programs, team sports, exercise and visual arts programs, storytelling, and healthy cooking. These activities, designed with an emphasis placed on positive reinforcement, social interaction and community awareness, will be provided to children and adults with disabilities.

"The Christie Administration is committed to developing both cultural and recreational opportunities for New Jersey’s residents," said DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. "These recreational grants help develop and maintain programs and services that enhance the lives of adults and children with disabilities in New Jersey while providing participants with social interaction, skill development, physical activity and personal growth."

Created in 1978, the ROID program offers two grants; the Comprehensive Grant supports continuous, integrated recreation and leisure service programs, and the Special Event Grant for a short-term event, which fulfills a particular and specific community need.  In addition, each grant requires a 20 percent cash match.


The ROID program assists municipalities and counties in delivering both short-term special events and comprehensive, integrated recreational services for individuals with disabilities.


Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities (ROID) Grant Recipients and projects include:



Grantee Name

Project Description



Atlantic County

To support the "Out and About" program which provides social and educational experiences for individuals who have various (ADA) disabilities.

$ 14,975

Brick Township

To offer new, year-round inclusive recreational activities for children ages 5-18 who are developmentally disabled. Chosen activities will provide the greatest opportunity to enable social recreational learning between those with and without disabilities.

$ 20,000

Cape May County

To offer after school recreation activities, community recreational outings, and a comprehensive recreation and leisure skills program that will benefit multiply-handicapped youth. Blind and/or visually impaired adult residents will also receive instruction in the areas of computers, music, drama and exercise.

$ 25,066

Cherry Hill Township

To support five programs that help ensure successful participation of individuals with disabilities in all of Cherry Hill's recreation programs.

$ 20,000

East Orange City

To enable the City to commence "East Orange Autism Awareness Week" in late April with a trip to the popular Turtle Back Zoo.

$ 1,000

Fanwood Borough

To provide individualized cost-effective, therapy and recreation to children with disabilities through the Scotch Plains/Fanwood Soccer Association and the Scotch Plains/Fanwood Baseball League.

$ 20,000

Gloucester County

To provide art and sculpture therapy to the blind or visually impaired along with non-disabled peers. Computer literacy training, physical activities and several trips will supplement the art classes and allow for a hands-on art experience.

$ 14,975

Jackson Township

For integrated recreation and leisure activities throughout the year for residents with disabilities and their peers including sports, bowling, cooking and crafts, arts, and horseback riding.

$ 15,000

Lincoln Park Borough

To provide a recreation program for children with special needs in Lincoln Park.

$ 7,000

Livingston Township

To provide various recreational activities for individuals with disabilities in Livingston.

$ 14,975

Lyndhurst Township

For integrated recreation programs for people with disabilities. The program will develop social skills relating to sports and develop gross motor skills, coordination and physical fitness.

$ 7,500

Manasquan Borough

To offer integrated sports and recreation programs in Manasquan

$ 20,000

Middlesex County

For the Storytelling in a Multicultural World program designed to introduce people with disabilities to diverse cultural traditions expressed in folktales, myths, and literary adaptations.

$ 35,000

Middletown Township

To provide integrated recreation programs in Middletown Township.

$ 20,000

Monroe Township

For inclusive recreation programs for children with various disabilities. Activities will stimulate growth and development, target the social, emotional, behavioral and communications skills of special education students.

$ 5,471

Montville Township

To expand and develop inclusive programs that address the multiple needs of children with disabilities, including a new employment/entrepreneur training program and inclusive peer-to-peer leadership program.

$ 20,000

North Bergen Township

To provide integrated recreation programs to residents of North Bergen Township.

$ 20,000

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township

To develop inclusive recreation and leisure activities on an ongoing basis for people with disabilities including afterschool, evening, and weekend sports and recreational activities.

$ 20,000

Perth Amboy City

To provide recreation for youth with disabilities who reside in Perth Amboy and surrounding areas.

$ 20,000

Plainsboro Township

To offer multiple offerings including affordable swim instruction, a music movement, and a creative drama program that focuses on development of social, motor, and drama skills through peer interaction and physical activities. Additionally, a visual arts program will encourage creative expression through various media, including drawing, sculpture, and collage making. 

$ 20,000

Roxbury Township

For recreational programming for youth and young adults with disabilities that includes participation in integrated recreational activities to develop and enhance their social interactions, social responsibility, self- awareness and life skills to increase independence.

$ 20,000

Rutherford Borough

To enhance and sustain a program of recreational activities which include and benefit both disabled and non-disabled individuals.

$ 20,000

Secaucus Town

To promote and expand integrated recreation for children and young people with disabilities in municipal recreation.

$ 20,000

South Brunswick Township

To provide year-round programming including sports, recreation, fitness activities, music and creative dramatic programs that will develop social skills for adults and for youth.

$ 10,800

Summit City


For recreation programs for individuals with disabilities including community outings as a complement to the regular schedule of programs.  

$ 20,000

Union County

For a series of stage performances with special adaptations for children with autism and related disabilities. Social events will be held twice a year at county facilities or parks.

$ 33,864

Union Township

For an inclusive after-school arts program for children who are developmentally disabled.

$ 20,000

Vernon Township

To provide an inclusive and innovative program of recreation for individuals with disabilities in Vernon Township.

$ 14,400

Washington Township

For recreational inclusion opportunities for children with disabilities and their families in Washington Township, Morris County.

$ 14,974

West Caldwell Township

For year-round inclusive recreation programs for children and adults with disabilities in West Caldwell.

$ 20,000

West Milford Township

For comprehensive recreational leisure skills and reading enhancement and development programs. A "hands on" experience in the kitchen will be offered using creative and fun cooking skills.

$ 20,000

West Windsor Township

For the development of recreational programs for individuals with disabilities from West Windsor and vicinity.

$ 10,000

Woodbridge Township

To provide new recreation opportunities and leisure services for individuals with disabilities at township-operated pools and complexes.

$ 20,000

33 Approved Applications      Total: $ $585,000



The DCA’s Division of Housing and Community Resources is committed to building neighborhoods and to providing financial and technical assistance to municipalities, community action agencies and other nonprofit organizations for community and economic development projects that improve the quality of life for low-income, disabled and disadvantaged residents.


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Tammori Petty
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