'Grantsman' Position Returns in Brick
Position was originally not funded in township's 2012 budget
The Grantsman position will return to Brick Township government following a recent vote by the township council.
The position – the occupant of which is tasked with obtaining grant money for the township, some of which is already distributed to local nonprofit organizations – was initially not funded in the township council's 2012 operating budget.
But discussions since the passage of that budget led the governing body to approve a $50,000 contract with Bruno Associates, Inc., the business that had previously served in the same role.
Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis had been a vocal opponent of cutting the grantsman position during the period of time when the township council was crafting the operating budget, saying the position yielded hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in grants provided to the township, and sometimes local organizations through funding the township received on their behalf.
Initially, the council had proposed using township employees to obtain grant funding instead of paying a grantsman, but Council President John Ducey has said Acropolis would not allow township employees to assume that role.
The contract between the township and Bruno is for one year, which began Oct. 1, 2012. It was approved unanimously by the governing body at its Sept. 25 meeting.