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Sustainable Jersey Grants Program - Gardinier Cycle

Grants to New Jersey Public School Districts and Municipalities for
Conservation, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy Projects

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Gardinier Environmental Fund

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Deadline Date:

10/31/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of $10,000 and $30,000 to New Jersey public school districts and municipal government agencies for projects focused on conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Funding will be provided for projects that fall into the following eligible categories: innovative energy projects; energy resiliency including microgrids and/or energy storage; renewable energy installations; alternative fuel vehicle policies, programs, and infrastructure; building efficiency upgrades (excluding lighting upgrades); energy education projects; and energy studies and business and engineering planning for projects likely to advance into implementation.

Eligible expenses include salaries, contractor/consultant costs, equipment, materials, and supplies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162680

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Two (2) $30,000 grants and Nine (9) $10,000 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

The 2018 Gardinier Environmental Fund Small Grants Program cycle will award:

Two (2) $30,000 grants
Nine (9) $10,000 grants

Note: For joint projects, each entity may submit a separate $30,000 or $10,000 grant application addressing its role in the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-The applicant must be a New Jersey municipality or public school district.
-The applicant must be registered with Sustainable Jersey or Sustainable Jersey for Schools AND have appointed a green team that meets the program requirements. Municipalities are limited to one grant application.
-Applicants do not have to be certified in their respective Sustainable Jersey program to be eligible to receive a grant. However, fifty percent of the funding available for this grant cycle will be reserved for certified communities and school districts with certified schools.
-Proposed projects that would be eligible for funding or rebates from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), regional utility company programs, or other state government incentive programs must leverage these resources in addition to the Sustainable Jersey small grant as part of the overall project budget.

Joint municipal government and school district projects are encouraged.

-Lighting upgrades of any kind are not eligible for funding. This includes street lighting, stadium lighting, parking lot lighting, and other exterior and interior lighting.
-Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may not be charged to the grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar will be held to review potential project ideas, learn about the application process, online submission procedures and tips for a successful Sustainable Jersey Grants application on Monday, September 10, 2018, from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.


Pre-Application Information:

ONLINE applications are due Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Notifications of grant awards will be
made by mid-January.

Matching or in-kind contributions are encouraged, but not necessary with the exception of state sponsored or utility-sponsored incentive/grant programs. If your project is eligible for NJCEP, NJDEP, or utility-sponsored energy conservation or energy efficiency funding, you MUST participate in these programs and include the anticipated funding in the project budget.

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Selection Criteria:

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application packet and the application tips.

Contact Information:

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

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If you have questions, please contact or 609-771-3189.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey