Current Funding Opportunity

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 Small Grants Program cycle.  With this contribution, NJEA has provided $750,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state.

Application Information

The 2017 NJEA Schools Small Grants Program cycle 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: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at midnight

  Click HERE for the $10,000 School District and School Grant Application
Click HERE for the $2,000 School 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 Small 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 Date: mid-December 2017

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

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar was held to review the application process and eligibility requirements. View the webinar recording and presentation here.

Use of Grant Funding

  • The $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 Innovation Project action is 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.
  • Eligible expenses include salary, stipends, supplies, materials, consultants, contractor service fees, equipment, program and educational materials. 

Eligibile Applicants

  • 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.
  • 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 Small 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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