The energy grant application is comprised of four sections:
- Energy Grant Proposal
- Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program Status
- Confirmation of Eligibility for Applicable Energy Incentive Programs
- Grant Authorization Documentation
The first three sections must be completed by November 5, 2021. The fourth section does not need to be completed until December 3, 2021.
Section One: Energy Grant Proposal
Complete this form requesting information about the applicant, the applicant's previous Sustainable Jersey grants history, and the proposed project. The main proposal sections include:
- Project Title and Brief Project Description
- Action Plan and Timeline
- Budget Narrative and Detailed Project Budget
- Optional Information
- Project Team
- Community Engagement
- Project Impact and Evaluation
More detailed information on what is required for each section of the grant proposal can be found in the Application Information Packet.
Section Two: Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program Status
Complete this form requesting information on the applicant's current status in its respective Sustainable Jersey program. Applicants must be at least registered in the program and have an active Sustainable Jersey for Schools green team to be eligible to apply.
Use the Participating Districts and Schools map here to check your school district's current program status. Find the name of your school district using the "List View".
Green team documentation will be requested in this section of the application, however, school districts with at least one school currently certified Bronze or Silver in the program do NOT need to upload this information.
More detailed information, including an explanation on each type of program status and how to get registered if your school district is not, can be found in the Application Information Packet.
Section Three: Confirmation of Eligibility for Applicable Energy Incentive Programs
You will be asked to upload evidence that the applicant has reached out to any applicable energy incentive programs. Applicants must leverage these resources in addition to the Sustainable Jersey grant as part of the overall project budget. See Section M in the Application Information Packet for a listing of available funding or rebates available from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), utility company incentive programs, or other state government grant, rebate, or incentive programs,
Confirmation of the dollar amount of the funding is not required. The documentation only needs to confirm whether or not the project is eligible to receive funding from any of the applicable incentive programs listed in Section M. For example, a copy of email correspondence between you and the relevant NJCEP program manager would suffice if it clearly states whether or not the project qualifies for existing incentives. If the project is eligible, the detailed budget should include your best estimate of the anticipated funding. If the grant is awarded, the budget can be revised when the actual amount of funding is confirmed.
The availability of utility-sponsored incentive programs and how they relate to NJCEP programs varies by utility; please check with your local utility on current incentive programs. Questions regarding how to access existing incentive programs and the documentation required for the grant application can be directed to Nancy Quirk by email at email@example.com or by phone at 609-771-2902.
Section Four: Grant Authorization Resolution
After submitting the completed grant application, you will gain access to the Grant Authorization Documentation stage that has a longer deadline than the grant application. A grant authorization document must be submitted no later than by the end of the day on Friday, December 2021, in order for the grant application to be considered.
School district applicants can either adopt a School Board Resolution supporting the grant application or have the superintendent or business administrator write a letter. A grant resolution template and letter are available below. You are not required to use one of the templates as long as the grant authorization document names the specific Sustainable Jersey grants cycle (2021 Sustainable Jersey Grants Program funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund), the requested funding amount, and the name of the applicant.
Sample School Board Resolution
Sample School Letter
More detailed information, including recommendations for applicants choosing to pass a resolution, can be found in the Application Information Packet.
Consider presenting grant accomplishments in public meetings, distributing printed communications, and creating website content and social media postings. Reasonable costs for signage can be included in the project budget. Project funders should also be indicated on reports or other materials developed with grant funds.
Copies of materials documenting this recognition will be required as part of the final grant report. Promotion of the grant should include both the Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the the Gardinier Environmental Fund logos. Examples of promotional materials can be found here.