Grants Program Eligibility Requirements

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a New Jersey public school district with Sustainable Jersey for Schools AND registered have an active Green Team that meets program standards. 

  • School districts are limited to ONE grant application per grant level.

  • Eligible expenses include: salaries, contractor/consultant costs, equipment, materials, and supplies.  Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may not be charged to the grant.

For information about closing out a grant and reporting deadlines, visit the Reporting Requirements page.  Additional questions can be directed to



This information is also depicted in the chart below: 

NJEA Eligibility Chart

*Please note that the 2019 NJEA grants were awarded in February 2020 but are still considered 2019

+ A grant is closed when the final report has been submitted and approved by Sustainable Jersey


2020-2021 Grants for Energy Projects Cycle

Funded by The Gardinier Environmental Fund

In order to be eligible to apply for a grant in this cycle, the following requirements must be met:

  • Follows the basic eligibility requirements

  • Joint municipal government and school district projects are encouraged. For joint projects, each entity may submit a separate $20,000 or $10,000 grant application addressing its role in the project or just a single shared application.



Proposed grant projects that would be eligible for funding or rebates available from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), regional utility company programs, or other state government incentive programs must leverage these resources in addition to the Sustainable Jersey grant as part of the overall budget. You can view the list of available energy grants and incentives in Section M of the Application Information Packet.

NOTE: As part of the grant application, you must document communication with the relevant NJCEP and utility-sponsored incentive programs and receive confirmation that the project does or does not qualify for existing incentives. Confirmation of the dollar amount of the funding is not required, just the eligibility of the project.  For more information, see the Application Information Packet.


2020-2021 NJEA Grants for Sustainability Projects


In order to be eligible to apply for a grant in this cycle, the following requirements must be met:

  • Follows the basic eligibility requirements

  • The applicant must be a New Jersey public school district or school with an NJEA local association 

  • The applicant must have appointed a green team that meets the Green Team Action Standard and includes at least two NJEA Local Association members.

NOTE: $10,000 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 once the cycle is announced. $2,000 projects for energy education, conservation, and behavioral changes will be accepted.

A school may apply for a $2,000 grant AND a $10,000 project grant. The $10,000 grant will be considered first. If the $10,000 proposal is not funded, the $2,000 proposal will then be considered. If the $10,000 grant is awarded, the school will no longer be eligible to receive the $2,000 grant. Due to the limited number of $10,000 grants, applying for one of each is a good strategy to use to optimize your chances of receiving a grant.

$10,000 Applicants

  • School districts and individual schools are each eligible to apply for one $10,000 grant. District applications should focus on programs or projects that benefit more than one school. Applications submitted by individual schools should focus on school-level initiatives. For example, the Elmhurst School District could apply for a grant to integrate sustainability concepts across the curriculum and Elmhurst High School could apply for a grant to complete a biodiversity project on its school grounds.


$2,000 Applicants

  • Each Sustainable Jersey for Schools registered school can submit one $2,000 grant proposal.