The Post Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program is getting $5 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds. With the grant program, counties and municipalities can hire licensed planners to assist in formulating long-term rebuilding efforts.

It's available for local governments in the nine most impacted counties - Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.

"Many of our state's most impacted communities now face the challenge of developing rebuilding plans that address the myriad of issues produced by the storm," said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable. "In providing counties and municipalities with the means to hire licensed planners, these local governments will be better able to guide their rebuilding efforts to promote resilience and encourage economic growth."