Three South Jersey school districts are among seven districts in New Jersey that will get more than $13.5 million in grant money designed to help local government agencies that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The Essential Services Grant program is one of several initiatives included in the New Jersey Disaster Recovery Action Plan, which helps individuals, businesses and communities affected by the storm.

The program will provide $24,000 to the Brigantine School District, along with $254,148 to the Little Egg Harbor School District and $84,208 to the Pinelands Regional School District, according to a statement from the Governor’s Office.

“We recognize that some local governments hit hard by Sandy have been financially impacted by the storm,” Gov. Chris Christie said in the statement. “As a result, they are having difficulties providing public safety, public works and education and other basic services that are critical to their residents.”

The grant money will “help local officials maintain basic services in their communities as the rebuilding process continues,” he said.

State Department of Community Affairs Commission Richard E. Constable III said some municipalities continue to have problems in meeting public service demands as a result of the hurricane.

“Essential services grants are really a vehicle to bridge funding for these Sandy-impacted local governments as they work to get back on their feet,” he said.

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