Current Funding Opportunity

The 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 $2.2 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 2020 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 13, 2020 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: Mid-May

  • A press event for grant recipients will be held in early June

Online Application Portal

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.

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 3:00pm-4:00pm. The webinar will walk through the application process, review the eligibility requirements and eligible projects, describe the online submission procedures and share tips for how to create a successful Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants application. Click here to register for the webinar.

Use of Grant Funding

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING ENERGY-RELATED PROJECTS: Due to funding available through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) for energy audits and energy efficiency projects (i.e. lightning, furnaces, etc.), these activities are NOT eligible for funding from this cycle. See Attachment 1 for information regarding NJCEP incentives.

 

$10,000 Grants

  • $10,000 grants must be used to fund all or part of a project that will earn points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program.

  • The project should leverage partnerships with parents and community resources and include an outreach component focused on promoting community awareness of the project.

  • Recipients of a $10,000 grant must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by December 31, 2021.

 

$2,000 Grants

  • $2,000 grants can be used for general school green team expenses or for a specific project that will contribute to earning points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program.

  • Recipients of a $2,000 grant must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by June 30, 2021.

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 schools.  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 grants@sustainablejersey.com

or call Kaitlyn Vollmer at 609-771-3189

 

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