Current Funding Opportunity

PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support another cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program.  With this contribution, the PSEG foundation has provided over $1.9 million dollars in funding to support local sustainability initiatives in municipalities and schools across the state.  The PSEG Foundation's ongoing support of the Grants Program is an excellent example of how public/private partnerships can encourage local grass roots efforts to improve the qualify of life in New Jersey.

Application Information

This grant cycle of the 2019 Schools Grants Program will award:

  • Four (4) $10,000 project grants to school districts or schools
  • Thirty (30) $2,000 grants to support school green teams

Online Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:59pm

Click HERE for the $10,000 grant application
Click HERE for the $2,000 capacity building grant application

NOTE: All applications must be submitted using the online application portal via the links above.  You must create an account on the portal to access the grant application.  This account is different from the account used to access your certification application.

Also, please note that each Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant cycle is unique.  Information on previously submitted applications is not carried over from application to application.  Previous applicants must create a new application each cycle. 

Recipient Announcement: Beginning of May

  • A press event for grant recipients will be held in mid-May

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar will be held Wednesday, November 28, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm to review the online application, eligibility requirements, and tips for successful applications. 


Use of Grant Funding

  • Funds for the $10,000 grants must be used to fund all or part of a project that will score points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. The Innovation Project actions are acceptable.
  • $2,000 grants can be used for school green team expenses. Funding does not have to be for project specific activities. Grant funding may be used for a project that will earn points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Sustainable Jersey for Schools registered school districts and schools with an appointed green team that meets the Green Team action standard
  • The $2,000 grants are only for registered schools with green teams. District $10,000 applications should focus on programs or projects that benefit more than one school, otherwise the individual school should be the applicant.
  • For more detailed requirements, visit the Eligibility Requirements page.

Tips for a Successful Grant Application

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.  Always make sure to carefully review the evaluation criteria, as this is what the selection committee bases their application reviews on.

Review the Sustainability Summit Presentation, "Funding Helps! Tips for a Successful Grant Application," to examine the key components of the evaluation criteria, and also read about some of the lessons learned from past grant projects.  Keep these things in mind as you develop your grant proposal so that it is clear, concise, and doable within the performance period. 


This Grants Program cycle is funded by

If you have any questions, please contact

or call Kaitlyn Vollmer at 609-771-3189


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