Grant Writing Resources

Tips For Writing Successful Grant Proposals

1. Think outside the box and identify an action that will fill a need or desire in your school. In addition to the usual slate of Sustainable Jersey for Schools actions, innovative approaches to teaching and learning in a virtual or hybrid environment or addressing sustainability through an equity lens are encouraged. This includes initiatives that:

  • Address student and staff well-being 
  • Support interaction in a hybrid learning environment 
  • Explore the impact of racism and implicit bias on society and school culture 
  • Improve school/district communications with staff, student, and parents

2. Use the available guidance and resources in the action when crafting the proposal. Read the “project costs and resource needs”, “what to do and how to do it (“How to”)”, and “what to submit to earn points for this action” sections of actions you are considering for certification to see if any required items, resources, etc. can be covered by a grant. Address student and staff well-being Support interaction in a hybrid learning environment Explore the impact of racism and implicit bias on society and school culture Improve school/district communications with staff, student, and parents

3. Start small. If taking on a $10,000 project seems intimidating, apply for a $2,000 grant. These grants can be used to complete a project or provide general green team support.

4. Focus on specifics. Be concise when writing the different proposal sections. The application includes an “Optional Information” section where you can provide additional information that is relevant to the project or related green team efforts.

5. Think of innovative ways to engage the community. While it may be difficult to hold in-person events or meetings, think of ways to fulfill this requirement using virtual methods. Consider piloting new technology or increasing your school/ district’s social media presence.

6. Clearly define all of the steps necessary to complete the project. An action plan and timeline template is available. Sustainable Jersey will be flexible with all grant recipient requests to modify their project scope, timeline, and budget due to changing circumstances.

 

Presentations

IMPROVE YOUR ODDS: GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP

2019 New Jersey Sustainability Summit Grants Session

Have you applied for a Sustainable Jersey grant in past cycles, but have yet to receive funding and wonder how you can improve your odds? Do you have a project in mind that you need grant funding to accomplish, but aren't sure how to craft a proposal that will be successful? This workshop will provide guidance and insight into what makes a good grant proposal and how to leverage other sources of funding to maximize your project budget and resources.

Consider bringing this exercise back to your team to run through before submitting a grant application.

Download the presentation here

Download the worksheet here

 

TURN PROJECTS INTO POINTS: SUPPLEMENT YOUR CERTIFICATION WITH A GRANT

2018 New Jersey Sustainability Summit Grants Session

Are you interested in completing one of our actions, but do not have the resources available to fully take on the initiative? Are you part of a newly formed Green Team that needs funding to jumpstart your certification? The Sustainable Jersey Grants Program provides municipalities and schools with the opportunity to take on actions and supplement Green Team certification efforts. This session focused on identifying projects that can translate into certification points.

Consider bringing this presentation back to your team when working to identify a project for your grant application.

Download the presentation here


THE GRASS IS GREENER WITH A SUSTAINABLE JERSEY GRANT

2018 NJSBA Workshop Grants Session

Does your school or district have a wish list of projects that could improve the community’s quality of life and make a meaningful impact on sustainability, but not enough resources to implement them all? This presentation includes success stories from previous grant recipients that can be consulted when considering what project to submit a grant application for.

Consider bringing this presentation back to your team when working to identify a project for your grant application.

Download the presentation here