Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Technical Assistance Programs

Sustainable Jersey for Schools strives to connect participating schools and districts with financial and technical resources to successfully complete actions and make progress towards a sustainable future. To that end, we directly offer multiple competitive grant and technical assistance opportunities funded by program underwriters and partner organizations each year.


Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants not only provide crucial financial support for projects that might otherwise not materialize, but also enable schools to complete actions that contribute toward certification. Review the Actions page for ideas on possible projects. All actions have a Resources section with organizations that can help with project completion.



Current Grant Opportunities

2021 NJEA Grants Cycle

NJEA is contributing $180,000 to support the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program for public schools and school districts.  Funding supports efforts to implement projects that help schools and school districts gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. For more information, click here.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.



Sustainable Jersey Energy Grant Cycle

The Gardinier Environmental Fund is contributing $150,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey Grants Program cycle for municipal governments and public school districts that is focused on supporting energy projects and programs Learn more here

Application Deadline: Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:59pm


Current Technical Assistance Opportunity

Become an EmPowered School!

Sustainable Jersey is partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), South Jersey Gas (SJG), Elizabethtown Gas (ETG) and the Alliance to Save Energy to bring the EmPowered Schools program to 77 schools within the NJNG, SJG and ETG service territories. This program, formerly known as PowerSave Schools, engages PK-12 students in saving energy and money in their schools and homes. Learn more hereSpots are limited so submit your application as soon as possible.


Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has awarded over &6.5 million in grants to participating municipalities and school districts.

Annual Grant Cycles

NOTE: All cycles are subject to change and official announcement will be made when funding cycles become available.

Projects Funded

Visit the Previous Recipients & Projects page to learn about the projects funded since 2015.