The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is contributing $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program cycle. With this contribution, NJEA has provided $1,250,000 to support a sustainable future for children and communities across the state.
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The 2019-2020 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program cycle funded by NJEA will award:
Ten (10) $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools
Forty (40) $2,000 grants to support school green teams
Online Application Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:59pm
For more information download the Application Information Packet here
|Click HERE for the $10,000 School District and School Grant Application|
|Click HERE for the $2,000 School Grant Application|
Recipient Announcement Date: mid-January 2020
A press event for grant recipients will be held in mid-February.
All applications must be submitted using the online application portal (shown below) via the links above. In order to apply, an applicant must first sign up for an application. This is true for both new applicants and those who have previously applied in past cycles.
Each Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant cycle is unique. Information on previously submitted applications including the login information is not carried over. However, the same login information (email and password) that was used previously can be used to sign up for a new application.
Additionally, if a person is submitting multiple proposals, they must sign up for an application for each proposal using a different email address. For example, if one person is charged with completing a $2,000 grant application for three schools in their district, the email used to sign up for each application must be different.
You may save your work, log out, and resume your in-progress application at any time by using the login feature. However, once submitted, you will no longer be able to access the application. Drafts of the application will automatically save every 5 minutes and a "save draft" button is available at the end of the application form. It is encouraged to save manually using the button often.
Be sure to record the email address and password for each application. Grant recipients will need that information to log into the system to complete the required reports.
An informational webinar was held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 3:00pm-4:00pm. The webinar walked watchers through the application process, reviewed the eligibility requirements and eligible projects, described the online submission procedures and shared tips for how to create a successful Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants application. The webinar and presentation slides are posted here.
Eligible grant expenses include staff stipends, consultant or contractor service fees (e.g., for content expertise, marketing, and/or technology), equipment, training and educational materials or related expenses, project supplies, and promotional items. Promotional items should not comprise more than 10% of the proposed grant budget. Promotional items include “give-aways” such as refillable water bottles, t-shirts, bags, etc., and incentives or awards such as prizes, gift cards, refreshments, etc. Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may NOT be charged to the grant. Matching or in-kind contributions are encouraged, but not required.
NOTE: Energy-related projects ARE NOT eligible for funding. However, they are eligible for funding under Sustainable Jersey’s separate grants cycle funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund that is focused specifically on energy initiatives. More information on energy-related grants can be found on the Grants and Resources page of sustainablejerseyschools.com.
Successful grant applications often represent innovative projects underway throughout the state, and can act as a model and generate ideas for other municipalities. Grant applications should always relate to the completion of a Sustainable Jersey for Schools action, or an innovative project. Grant writing resources, tips for project selection, and actions to explore for certification points are below.
Grant writing resources that provide tips on how to write a good grant proposal and additional in-kind and funding resources to explore are available here on the Sustainable Jersey website.
When selecting your project, consider the following to not only complete a project, but also earn points for certification:
Consider submitting an application for resources needed to help complete an action for certification. Some actions to take into consideration are below. The full list of actions is available here.
Always make sure to carefully review the evaluation criteria, as this is what the selection committee bases their application reviews on.