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2019 Municipal Grants Program

Grants to New Jersey Local Agencies for Projects
to Promote Sustainability and Capacity Building

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Sustainable Jersey and PSEG Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/15/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to New Jersey local government agencies for projects that promote long-term sustainability. Funding is intended to support the earning of the applicant municipality's sustainability certification by the State, as well as to assist with organizational capacity building and green team expenses.

The PSEG Foundation is awarding grants to support the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program for municipalities. The Sustainable Jersey Grants program is an important program benefit for New Jersey municipalities participating in the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program. Funding supports efforts to implement projects that help municipalities gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey certification and make progress toward a sustainable future in general. 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.

There are two streams of grants:

1. Funds for the $10,000 and $20,000 grants must be used to fund all or part of a project related to an action in the Sustainable Jersey program. The Innovative Community Project action is acceptable; in this instance, projects that could lead to new Sustainable Jersey actions will be favored. (For information about the Innovative Community Projects, see

2. $2,000 Capacity Building Grant funds can be used for green team expenses. Funding does not have to be for project specific activities. Grant funding may be used for a project related to an action in the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program.

Eligible expenses include salary, supplies, materials, consultants, contractor fees, equipment, program/educational materials and promotional items. Promotional items include "give-aways" (i.e. T-shirts, water bottles), incentives, and awards. Grant funds to be spent on promotional items should be limited to $1,000 or less for large grant awards and $500 or less for $2,000 awards.

For detailed Evaluation Criteria for $10,000 and $20,000 grant proposals, see Section L of the application Information pdf listed in Supporting Documents below.

$2,000 grant proposals will be screened using the following criteria:

- The clarity of the project description
- Strength of the action plan that will guide the green team’s activities
- Budget includes only eligible and reasonable expenses
- The demonstrated commitment of the green team and municipality to move forward with
sustainability efforts

For additional Selection Criteria, see Selection Criteria listed in Pre-Application Information below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 166071

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This grant cycle of the 2019 Municipal Grants Program will award:

- Four (4) $20,000 awards
- Eight (8) $10,000 awards
- Twenty (20) $2,000 capacity building awards to support local green teams

Term of Contract:

The $20,000 and $10,000 grants have an 18-month performance period. The $2,000 grants have a 12-month performance period. Specific dates are as follows:

- $20,000 or $10,000 grants must be fully expended, projects completed, and final reports
submitted by October 31, 2020.
- All funds from $2,000 grants must be fully expended, projects completed and final reports submitted by April 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a Sustainable Jersey grant, an applicant must:

- Be a New Jersey municipal government. Funding may be passed through to a non-profit, partner organization, or contractor, but the municipality must be the applicant and will be responsible for the reporting requirements. Checks will be made payable to the municipality and sent to its fiscal agent.
- Be registered or certified with the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program and have an active Green Team in accordance with Sustainable Jersey program requirements. Municipalities do not have to be certified in the Sustainable Jersey program to be eligible to receive a grant. However, up to fifty percent of the available grant funding is reserved for certified communities. Applicants can check to see if their municipality is currently certified. (See the List of currently Certified Towns in Supporting Documents below.)
- Use the grant funding to implement a project related to an action that is eligible for points in the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program. (See the list of Sustainable Jersey actions in Pre-Application Information below.)
- Not have any outstanding grants that would affect eligibility. (Note: It could be possible to close an outstanding grant out in time to apply for a grant is this cycle. Contact Kaitlyn Vollmer, Grants Program Coordinator, for assistance.)

Priority will be given to municipalities that have not previously received a Sustainable Jersey grant.

Due to funding available through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) for energy audits and energy efficiency projects, energy-related projects are not eligible for funding in this cycle.

Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may not be charged to the grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar to review the application process, eligibility requirements and tips for successful projects will be held Monday, December 10, from 3:00-4:00pm.

Following the webinar, the recording and presentations will be posted on the Webinar Recordings and Presentations page at:

To register for the webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:59pm

Recipient Announcement Date: End of March

Applications are submitted through WizeHive, a Grant Management System (and not via the Sustainable Jersey website). Email submissions of grant proposals will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted online.

A signed and certified Resolution of Support (affirming approval of the proposed grant project/activities) from the local governing body must be included with the grant application.

Eligible municipalities may submit only one (1) proposal for a $20,000 or $10,000 grant and one (1) proposal for a $2,000 grant. Each municipality is eligible to receive only one grant in this award cycle. The proposal for the larger amount will be considered first. If the large grant proposal is not funded, the $2,000 proposal will then be considered. If the large grant is awarded, the municipality will no longer be eligible to receive the $2,000 grant.

Also, please note that each Sustainable Jersey Grant cycle is unique. Information on previously submitted applications is not carried over from application to application. Previous applicants must create a new application each cycle. For additional eligibility rules for previous grant recipients, see the Application Information pdf listed below in Supporting Documents.

If you plan to submit applications for more than one applicant, each application must use a different email address. The email address will be used as the unique identifier for the application.

An informational webinar on the application process, eligibility, and tips for projects will be held on Monday, December 10. (See Pre-Proposal Conference above for additional information.)

For questions, or to verify the status of an outstanding grant, email or call Kaitlyn Vollmer, Grants Program Coordinator.


Selection Criteria:

Sustainable Jersey Actions:

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

- For the $20,000 and $10,000 grant application:
- For the $2,000 grant application:
(Note: Applications for the $2,000 grants are currently closed.)

For questions, contact:

Kaitlyn Vollmer, Grants Program Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey