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Environmental Awareness Challenge Grant Program

Grants to New Jersey Schools in Eligible
Regions for Environmental Education Projects

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Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA)

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Grants of up to $1,000 to New Jersey public and private schools in eligible regions for long-term educational projects that promote environmental awareness. Funding is intended to support a range of projects or activities, including anti-litter efforts, recycling, water pollution, composting, and waste reduction. Eligible schools are located in Bergen County. Allowable costs include supplies, educational materials, recycling/litter containers, equipment, advertising, and printing.

To be eligible for a grant, schools must have a recycling program in place, or the funds must be used to implement a recycling program in the school. Programs must be long-term and have an educational component. Short-term projects, such as assemblies or field trips, can enhance a program; however, they are not acceptable as the project's main goal.

Projects will be evaluated based on the following characteristics:

  • Creativity;
  • Use of environmentally friendly or green products and/or products made from recycled materials;
  • Projects that promote/enhance school recycling;
  • Projects that benefit a large number of students;
  • Projects that benefit students over the long term (i.e., composting in conjunction with a school garden) rather than a short term project (i.e., a class trip);
  • Projects that are productive using a minimal amount of funds; and/or hands-on student projects.

For detailed examples of eligible activities, see page 5 of the BCUA School Grant Application form, in Supporting Documents, below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181040

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000. The number of awards and the amount of each award will depend on the number and quality of entries received by the BCUA.

Term of Contract:

- Grants will be provided September/October 2021.
- Projects must be completed within one year from the date of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible, your school must have a functioning recycling program in place, or use this grant to implement a recycling program in your school. No exceptions will be made to this requirement.

All public and private grammar and high schools throughout Bergen County are invited to participate.

Each school may only receive one grant. You may submit more than one, but only one grant will be awarded per school.

If plants are purchased they must be perennials or edible (e.g. vegetables, herbs, legumes, etc.). The BCUA prefers indigenous plants and under no circumstances are annual flowers an allowable expenditure.

No personnel reimbursement is allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant deadline: May 4, 2021

Please do not submit the same program from a previous year. You may enhance your original program, but a grant will e disqualified if the original idea is duplicated.

All entries will be reviewed and judged by the BCUA staff. Grant award notification will be sent in May/June 2021, and grants will be provided September/October 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Ask questions and email completed application to:
Mark Vangieri
Bergen County Utilities Authority

Solid Waste Division
Foot of Mehrhof Road
PO Box 9
Little Ferry, NJ 07643

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