Sunday is the last day New Jersey shore residents can apply for a $30,000 grant to help pay toward the cost of elevating houses.

The Department of Community Affairs has set Sunday as the application deadline for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

To be eligible, the house must be your primary home. The house does not have to have been damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and there are no income limits.

Priority will be set for those homeowners whose new base flood elevations are much higher than their house currently is built.

To apply, call 855-726-3946 or visit

As of last week, more than twice the number of people have applied than grants are available, the DCA said.

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