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Environmental Endowment for New Jersey (EENJ) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple Eastern
States to Positively Impact Coastal Watersheds

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Environmental Endowment for New Jersey (EENJ)

Deadline Date:

12/15/18 Postmarked


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Grants to Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for regional, statewide, or local projects benefitting designated watersheds. Projects must involve the tidally-related New Jersey Harbor/New York complex, including the Raritan, Passaic, and Hackensack watersheds, the Delaware River Basic, or the Schuylkill Valley.

All grant proposals shall be limited to focusing on one or more of these three areas:
-Environmental advocacy and action projects
-Water quality and quantity issues
-Environmental issues in urban areas

The Environmental Endowment for New Jersey distributes funds from settlements of lawsuits brought to enforce compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. The projects funded must comply with the Court Orders entered in those cases and must have a clear and direct linkage to the waters impacted by the violations underlying the Clean Water Act enforcement cases.

Applicants should describe with as much specificity as possible how their project will mitigate environmental impacts on the watersheds identified below. Applicants should also specify the municipalities that will benefit from the project.

-Environmental projects in and/or near the Kill Van Kull, the Arthur Kill, Newark Bay, Upper and Lower New York Bay and/or other waters in the tidally-related New York-New Jersey Harbor Complex.

-Environmental projects in the vicinity of Spa Spring Creek, the Arthur Kill, Raritan Bay and/or tidally related waterways.

-Environmental projects in the Delaware River Basin.

-Environmental projects that have a direct benefit in or near the Delaware River watershed

-Environmental projects in the municipalities that constitute the 37 Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners service area. Owner Municipalities: Belleville, Bloomfield, Clifton, East Rutherford (partially), East Newark, Garfield, Glen Ridge, Haledon, Harrison, Kearny (partially), Lodi, Lyndhurst (partially), Montclair, Newark, North Arlington (partially), Nutley, Orange, Passaic, Paterson, Prospect Park, Rutherford (partially), Wallington. Leasees: Bayonne, East Orange, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hawthorne, Jersey City, Little Falls, North Caldwell*, North Haledon, Saddle Brook, Totowa, Union City*, West Orange, West Paterson, Wyckoff*.

*Those municipalities have some portion going through one of the others.

-Environmental projects that have a direct connection to the Schuylkill River and its watershed.

Grants will be offered in the following categories:


-Small Grants: Smaller grass roots groups may submit proposals under this category to be ranked and funded separately.

-Three Year Grants: Eligible proposals shall demonstrate a need for an ongoing commitment due to the complexity or duration of the issues. Collaboration among various groups toward a particular project goal for these grant proposals are encouraged but not required. Applications need to be specific in providing measurable desired outcomes. Where applicable, success measures should be expressed with benchmarks that may include percentage changes or numeric targets. (Applicants in this category may also apply in the traditional category, however, if any award is received in this category no other awards will be made to the same applicant from other categories.)

Each grant request will be evaluated on meeting the grant guidelines, the quality of the proposal, its environmental benefit, cost, conformity with Court Orders, including geography, qualifications and other resources of applicant, and the timeframe needed to accomplish the project.

Note: The Three Year category ranking will provide greater significance on measurable outcomes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176978

Number of Grants:

On average, EENJ funds approximately 15 to 20 organizations per year. A maximum of three (3) Three Year Grants may be awarded per year. Two grants will be in the NE Metro area inclusive of the PVSC area and one grant to the Delaware River Basin.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Traditional: The Maximum grant amount in this category is $20,000.
-Small Grants: Maximum grant amounts for this category will be $7,000.
-Three Year Grants: Maximum grant amount is $20,000 per year.

The average grant is in the range of $7,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants usually cover a 12 month period (except for Three Year Grants).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Preference will be given to nonprofit environmental organizations that have an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) designation.

Funds will not be given to individuals, to endowments, for general operating, or for capital expenditures (building or renovation).

Projects in the Atlantic Coastal Basin or the Wallkill Basin are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for submission of 2019 grant applications is Saturday, December 15, 2018. Those applicants who received a 2018 grant must email an interim report and an interim financial report no later than December 15, 2018. Proposals must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2018— the Foundation cannot accept faxed or emailed copies.

The Environmental Endowment for New Jersey would appreciate you using regular mail rather than overnight services or other special delivery services requiring a signature. If you include a self-addressed, postage paid envelope with your proposal, the Foundation will send a confirmation when it is received.

Grants are announced on Earth Day.


How to Apply:

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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.

Environmental Endowment for New Jersey, Inc.
PO Box 3446
Trenton, NJ 08619-0446

Grant Coverage Areas:

Tidally-related New York/New Jersey Harbor Complex, including Hackensack, Raritan and Passaic Watersheds, or in the Delaware River Basin or in the Schuylkill Valley

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania