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School Food Waste Pilot Program

Grants and In-Kind Services to New Jersey Middle
Schools for the Purchase of a Composting System

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Grants of $25,000 and in-kind services to New Jersey middle schools serving grades 5-8 for the purchase of a composting system. A letter of interest must be submitted prior to applying. The program provides training, technical assistance, and educational materials from Sustainable Jersey and its partners at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Food Waste program, in addition to a grant to purchase a composting system for the school building.


In September 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released School Food Waste Guidelines for K-12 schools. The Sustainable Jersey Food Waste Pilot program will work with three schools to implement the food waste guidelines and serve as case studies for inclusion in an updated School Food Waste Toolkit produced by Sustainable Jersey and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Food Waste Team.

The goal of the food waste pilot program is to support schools in implementing best practices for food waste. Grants will support three aspects of food waste: reduction, recovery, and recycling.

Participants will be required to participate and share their experiences at the 2022 Rutgers School Food Waste Reduction Conference/Summit and the 2022 NJSBA Workshop.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196612

Number of Grants:

The program is limited to three schools.

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program consists of technical assistance in partnership with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Food Waste Team and a $25,000 grant to purchase a composting system for the school building.

Term of Contract:

2021-2022 school year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Food Waste Pilot Program, the applicant must:

- Be a participating school in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program
- Be fully open for in-person instruction during the 2021-2022 school year
- Be a middle or intermediate school serving grades 5-8 Schools that serve a population of students that include grades 5-8
- Demonstrate capacity to cooperate and coordinate staff to implement the food waste program across multiple departments including facilities, food service, administration and educational teams.

Participants will be selected based on their capacity to implement the program as well as their Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification history. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate buy-in and support from multiple stakeholders such as Green Team members, Principal, Superintendent/BA, Facilities Director, Food Services Director, at least one classroom educator, students, and your local county or municipal Recycling Coordinator.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- June 25, 2021: Deadline for receipt of letters of interest
- July 1, 2021: Invitation to select applicants to submit full applications
- July 20, 2021: Deadline for receipt of full applications
- Early August 2021: Notification of recipients
- September 2021: Program begins

Applicants will be invited to apply based on the expressions of interest received.


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

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Grants Program:
Kaitlyn Vollmer

Sustainable Jersey at The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

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USA: New Jersey

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