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2020 Sustainable Jersey Grants Program

Grants to New Jersey Municipalities for Projects
to Promote Environmental Sustainability

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Sustainable Jersey and PSEG Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/14/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to New Jersey municipalities 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 innovative projects and green team expenses.

Applicants should consider projects applicable to one or more of the 18 categories in the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program. With over 149 actions to choose from proposals can focus on a wide range of initiatives such as creating a creative placemaking plan; conducting a brownfields inventory; holding a green fair; completing projects that promote diversity on boards and commissions, identify vulnerable populations for emergencies, support local food programs; holding education and outreach campaigns that promote recycling, commercial and residential energy efficiency, and healthier communities; and more.

There are two streams of grants:

  • $20,000 and $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 Program. Innovation Project actions are acceptable. The project should leverage partnerships with community resources and include an outreach component focused on promoting community awareness of the project.
  • $2,000 grants can be used for general municipal green team expenses or for a specific project that will contribute to earning points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey Program.

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. The amount of grant funding that can be used to purchase promotional items are limited to the following amounts: $1,000 for large grants and $200 for $2,000 grants). Promotional items include “give-aways” such as refillable water bottles, t-shirts, bags, etc., and incentives or awards such as prizes, gift cards, refreshments, etc.

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GrantWatch ID#: 166071

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This grant cycle of the 2020 Sustainable Jersey Grants Program for participating municipalities will award:
- Four (4) $20,000 project grants
- Eight (8) $10,000 project grants
- Twenty (20) $2,000 project or green team support grants

Term of Contract:

The $20,000 and $10,000 “large” grants have an 18-month performance period. Recipients of a large grant must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by November 30, 2021.

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 May 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a grant in this cycle, the following requirements must be met:

- 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 Sustainable Jersey AND have an active green team. Municipalities do not have to be certified in the Sustainable Jersey program to be eligible to receive a grant. However, fifty percent grant funding available for this grant cycle will be reserved for certified communities.

- Use the grant funding to implement an action that is eligible for points in the Sustainable Jersey program.

- Eligible municipalities may submit only one (1) proposal for a $20,000 or $10,000 grant and one (1) proposal for a $2,000 capacity building grant. Each municipality is eligible to receive only one grant in this award cycle. The proposal for the larger amount will be considered first.

Projects already underway or completed are not eligible for funding.

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

Due to funding available through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) for energy audits and energy efficiency projects (i.e. lightning, furnaces, etc.), these activities are NOT eligible for funding from this cycle.

EV charging station(s) installation projects are NOT eligible for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar to review the application process, eligibility requirements and tips for successful projects will be held Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

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 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Recipient Announcement Date: Early April

Only online application submissions will be considered for funding. In order to apply, an applicant must first sign up for an application. This is true for both new applicants and those who have previously applied in past cycles.

Matching or in-kind contributions are encouraged, but not required.

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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:

For questions, contact:

Kaitlyn Vollmer, Grants Program Coordinator

Sustainable Jersey
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

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