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2020-2021 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program

Grants to New Jersey Schools and
School Districts for Innovative Projects

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Sustainable Jersey for Schools and New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)

Deadline Date:

12/04/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to New Jersey schools and school districts for innovative projects. Focus areas include sustainability, racial equity, and virtual teaching and learning. Funding is intended for expenses related to 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

In recognition of the radically altered environment schools face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national movement for racial justice, project proposals that support teaching and learning in a virtual or hybrid environment and those that address equity and anti-bias initiatives are encouraged. Additionally, Sustainable Jersey will be flexible with all grant recipient requests to modify their project scope, timeline, and budget due to changing circumstances.

District applicants should focus on programs or projects that benefit more than one school. School applicants should focus on school-level initiatives. 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158264

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$180,000

Number of Grants:

Ten (10) $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools and forty (40) $2,000 grants to support school green teams.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools
- $2,000 grants to support school green teams

Term of Contract:

The $10,000 grants have an 18-month performance period. Recipients of a $10,000 grant must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by September 30, 2022.

The $2,000 grants have a 12-month performance period. Recipients of a $2,000 grant must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by March 31, 2022.

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.

A school district is only eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant. The $2,000 grants are only for registered schools with green teams.

Projects already underway or completed are not eligible for funding. $10,000 energy-related projects are not eligible for funding. Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may not be charged to the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Deadline (Extended): Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:59pm

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

Please note that Sustainable Jersey for Schools will be flexible with grant recipient requests to modify their project scope, timeline, and budget based on the current and future operating environment affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A school may apply for a $2,000 grant and a $10,000 grant. The $10,000 grant will be considered first. If the $10,000 proposal is not funded, the $2,000 proposal will then be considered. If the $10,000 grant is awarded, the applicant will no longer be eligible to receive the $2,000 grant. Due to the limited number of $10,000 grants, applying for one of each is a good strategy to use to increase your chances of receiving a grant.

Eligibility Requirements: http://www.sustainablejerseyschools.com/grants-resources/sustainable-jersey-for-schools-grants-program/eligibility-requirements/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

$10,000 School District and School Grant Application: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/2020NJEA10k

$2,000 School Grant Application: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/2020NJEA2k

If you have any questions regarding the application or its online submission, please contact Kaitlyn Vollmer at grants@sustainablejersey.com or 609-771-3189.

General questions regarding the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program should be directed to Veronique Lambert at schools@SustainableJersey.com or 609-771-3427.

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