Wanted: Innovative NJ Sustainable Energy Projects

on Sep 01, 2015

Application process for new round of grants is open to municipalities and school districts

Sustainable Jersey announced today that it is accepting applications from New Jersey municipalities and school districts for sustainable energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund, $200,000 in grant money is now available. 

“The Gardinier Environmental Fund is committed to conserving the earth’s energy resources and enhancing renewable energy measures,” said Gene Wentzel, president, Gardinier Environmental Fund. “We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will contribute to our mutual goals in New Jersey.” To date, Gardinier Environmental Fund has provided $365,000 to the Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program.

The Gardinier Environmental Fund will fund energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Projects can fall into the following categories: building efficiency upgrades; electric vehicle policy, programs and infrastructure; energy education projects, energy resiliency, renewable energy installations, studies and engineering and innovative energy projects. Grant proposals are being accepted from municipalities and school districts registered with Sustainable Jersey through November 1, 2015. Grant recipients will be announced on December 11, 2015.

For this grant cycle, Sustainable Jersey is offering grants in two sizes; $30,000 and $10,000. Grant applications from the municipalities and school districts are managed separately. To submit a simple, online application, municipalities should visit the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program and school districts should visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant Program. If the grant project is eligible for funding or rebates offered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, or regional utility company programs, grantees will use the Sustainable Jersey small grant to cover direct project expenses not covered by these other funding sources.

“Investments in energy projects are key toward the goal of a more sustainable and resilient New Jersey. We look forward to seeing the innovative projects that our participating municipalities and school districts submit,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. Currently 428 municipalities and 99 school districts are registered and participating in the Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification programs.

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