Current Funding Opportunity

We are pleased to announce that the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant is providing $120,000 for Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program to fund health and wellness actions in schools. The Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program is an important benefit for New Jersey public schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. This cycle will fund thirty $4,000 or less awards to implement specific health and wellness actions in middle and high schools (including K-8 schools).  View the eligibility requirements for more information on the actions that are eligible for funding and other requirements.

Application Information

This grant cycle will award thirty $4,000 grants to districts and schools

Online Application Deadline: Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 11:59pm

  • Online Application - Email submission of grant proposals will NOT be accepted.  All applications must be submitted online using this link

*NOTE: You must create an account for the grant application.  This account is different and separate from the account used to access your certification application.

Recipient Announcement Date: End of August 2017

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar will be held Thursday, May 11, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm to review the online application process, tips for a successful application, and application requirements.


Use of Grant Funding

Grant funds can be utilized to implement one of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools actions below, OR one of the other initiatives (which would earn Sustainable Jersey for Schools points under the Innovative Project action).

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Actions

  • Access to Healthy Water
  • Asthma Friendly School  
  • Breakfast After the Bell 
  • Healthy Food Choices
  • Policies to Promote Physical Activity
  • Programs to Promote Physical Activity
  • School Gardens
  • School Wellness Council
  • School Health Assessment
  • Staff Wellness Program

For more information on these actions click here and type in the action name in the Search Action box at the top of the page.

Innovative Project Actions

  • School Climate & Culture


See Attachment 1 in the Application Packet to learn more about the innovative project actions.

In addition to funding provided by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, the NJDOH has three regional partners that will offer free technical assistance and support to assist grant recipients in successfully completing the selected action.  The regional partners include The Center for Prevention and Counseling in northern New Jersey, EmPoWER Somerset in central New Jersey, and AtlantiCare is southern New Jersey.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a New Jersey Public School District or and individual school serving students in Grade 6 and above.  This includes K-8 schools, middle schools and high schools. Funding may be passed through to a non-profit, partner organization, or contractor, but the school district or school must be the applicant and will be responsible for the reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrate an active and diverse stakeholder team focused on student and staff health and wellness, such as a school wellness council or green team.
  • Each Sustainable Jersey for Schools registered school district (K-8, K-12, or 9-12) can submit one grant proposal for up to $4,000 and each Sustainable Jersey for Schools registered school (K-8, middle or high school) can submit one grant proposal for up to $4,000 . District proposals should address actions that would impact more than one school in the district. Proposals focused on implementation in only one school should be submitted by the specific school.

For more detailed requirements, visit the Eligibility Requirements page.


This Small Grants Program cycle is funded by:


If you have any questions, please contact or 609-771-3189.


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