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Grants to New Jersey Schools and School Districts for Innovative Sustainability Projects

2023-2024 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program


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Funding Source
Sustainable Jersey
New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
LOI Date: 10/30/23
Deadline: 12/01/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of $2,000 and grants of $10,000 to New Jersey schools and school districts for innovative sustainability projects. Funding is intended for projects that contribute to school sustainability and energy conservation. The purpose of the program is to support green teams and for projects to help schools attain certification through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

The grants program is an important program benefit for New Jersey public school districts and schools participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools. The funding supports efforts to implement projects that help schools gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. The funded projects serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.

$10,000 District or School Project Grants

  • $10,000 grants must be used to fund all or part of a project that will earn points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program.  Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program:
  • The project should leverage partnerships with parents and community resources and include an outreach component focused on promoting community awareness of the project.
  • District applicants should focus on programs or projects that benefit more than one school.

$2,000 School Project or Green Team Support Grants

  • $2,000 grants can be used for general green team expenses or for a specific school project that will contribute to earning points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program. 
  • School applicants should focus on school-level initiatives.

Use of Grant Funding

  • Eligible grant expenses include staff stipends, consultant or contractor service fees (e.g., for content expertise, marketing, and/or technology), equipment, training, and educational materials or related expenses, project supplies, and promotional items.
  • Proposals for energy education, conservation, and/or behavioral change projects are eligible. This includes renewable energy equipment, such as solar or wind-powered equipment, that can be utilized in the school curriculum.

For more information about the uses of grant funding, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible to apply for a grant in this cycle, the following requirements must be met:
• The applicant must be a New Jersey public school district or school with an NJEA local association.
• The applicant must be registered with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program AND have appointed a green team that meets the Green Team Action Standard.
• At least two designated NJEA Local Association representatives must be appointed to the green team in collaboration with the Local Association President.

Eligibility page:
For applicants which received a Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant in 2023 or earlier, see the chart:

Projects already underway or completed are not eligible for funding.
Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may NOT be charged to the grant.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The webinar will include an overview of the grants cycle, tips on crafting a successful proposal, a walk-through of the online application, and time to answer participant questions.


Pre-Application Information
Announcement Date: Thursday, August 3, 2023
Application deadline: Monday, October 30, 2023, 11:59 PM

Notifications of grant awards will be made in mid-February, and a press event for grant recipients will be held in mid-March.

• School districts and schools are each eligible to apply for one $10,000 grant.
• District applicants should focus on programs or projects that benefit more than one school. A school district is not eligible to apply for a $2,000 grant.
• A school may apply for one $10,000 grant AND/OR one $2,000 grant. School applicants should focus on school-level initiatives. The $10,000 grant proposal will be considered first. If the $10,000 grant proposal is not selected for funding, the $2,000 proposal will then be considered. If the $10,000 grant is awarded, the school will no longer be eligible to receive the $2,000 grant. Due to the limited number of $10,000 grants, applying for both a $10,000 and $2,000 grant is a good strategy for optimizing the chances of your school receiving a grant.
• Matching or in-kind contributions are encouraged but not required.

Green Team Action Standard:
Certification Actions:
Application Sections:
Application Tips:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Ten (10) grants to fund school and district sustainability projects; and Forty (40) grants to support school sustainability projects or green teams.

Estimated Size of Grant
- $10,000 project grants to fund school and district sustainability projects
- $2,000 grants to support school sustainability projects or green teams

Term of Contract
The $10,000 grants have an 18-month performance period.
The $2,000 grants have a 12-month performance period.

Contact Information
All school district/school grant applications must be submitted online using the link below:

Questions: Email or call 609-771-3189.
General questions regarding the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program should be directed to Veronique Lambert at or 609-771-3427.

Sustainable Jersey
P.O. Box 6855
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Fax number: 609-637-5162

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