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2021 Sustainable Jersey Grants Program

Grants to New Jersey Municipalities for Projects to
Promote Sustainability in Local Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sustainable Jersey and PSEG Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/09/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to New Jersey municipalities for projects to promote sustainability in local communities. Eligible uses of funding include equipment, supplies, stipends, contractor and consultant fees, educational and training materials, and promotional items. Applicants must have pre-designated Green Teams and be registered or certified in the Sustainable Jersey Program.

The grants program is an important program benefit for New Jersey municipalities participating in Sustainable Jersey. Funding supports efforts to implement projects that help municipalities gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey 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.
Sustainable Jersey grants are intended to help local governments make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey certification. As communities continue to face challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, grant funding is available for timely projects that address community health, virtual operations and programming, supporting local businesses, environmental justice and racial equity, and more. 
Grant Types:
  • Large Grants ($20,000 and $10,000): 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166071

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Four (4) $20,000 project grants, eight (8) $10,000 project grants, and twenty (20) $2,000 project or green team support grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $20,000 project grants
- $10,000 project grants
- $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. The $2,000 grants have a 12-month performance period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant in this cycle, the following requirements must be met:
- The applicant must be a New Jersey municipality.
- The applicant must be registered or certified in the Sustainable Jersey Program and have an appointed green team.

For additional eligibility rules for previous grant recipients, see

- 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 New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) for energy audits and energy efficiency projects (i.e. lightning, furnaces, etc.), these activities are not eligible for funding in this cycle.
- EV charging station(s) installation projects are not eligible for funding.
- The purchase of electric vehicles (except for Class 4-8 medium and heavy-duty vehicles) is not an eligible project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 16, from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm to review the application process, provide tips on crafting a successful grant proposal, and demonstrate how to use the online application portal that utilizes the new grants management platform.

It is recommended that all applicants, previous and new, consider attending the webinar for a walk-through of the new platform.

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Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Deadline: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Grant Recipients will be announced in early-June and a virtual grant announcement event held in mid-July.

The municipality must provide a resolution from the governing body showing it is authorized to apply for the grant. It is highly recommended to start the process of obtaining this authorization as early as possible to allow enough time for approval.

Municipalities are eligible to apply for one large grant (either one $20,000 or one $10,000 grant) and/or one $2,000 grant.

Eligible Applicants:
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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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For questions, please contact or call 609-771-3189.

General questions regarding the Sustainable Jersey Program should be directed to or Maureen Jones on 609-771-2938.

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