The NJEA grant application is comprised of four sections:
- School Grant Proposal
- Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program Status
- NJEA Local Association President Correspondence
- Grant Authorization Documentation
The first three sections must be completed by December 3, 2021. The fourth section does not need to be completed until January 14, 2022.
Section One: School Grant Proposal
Complete this form requesting information about your school/district, your school/district’s Sustainable Jersey grants history, and your proposed project. The main proposal sections for $2,000 and $10,000 include:
- Project Title and Brief Project Description
- Action Plan and Timeline
- Budget Narrative and Detailed Project Budget
- Optional Information
$10,000 grant proposals will also include:
- 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 your school district’s/school’s current status in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. School districts/schools must be registered in the program and have an active Sustainable Jersey for Schools district or school green team to be eligible to apply.
Use the Participating Districts and Schools map here to check your school district’s/school’s current program status. Find the name of your school district/school using the "List View". Each school is listed under its respective school district.
Green team documentation will be requested in this section of the application, however, schools currently certified Bronze or Silver in the program or school districts with at least one school that is currently certified Bronze or Silver do NOT need to upload this information.
Section Three: NJEA Local Association President Correspondence
You will be asked to upload evidence that your NJEA Local Association President has been informed of the green team’s intent to submit the grant application. This can include either a copy of the email that was sent to, or a letter of support from, your NJEA Local Association President.
Section Four: Grant Authorization Documentation
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, January 14 in order for the grant application to be considered.
A school district or school can either upload a School Board Resolution supporting the grant application or a letter from the superintendent, business administrator, or school principal. 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 NJEA), the requested funding amount(s) ($10,000 and/or $2,000), and the name of the applicant (your school district/school name).
More detailed information, including recommendations for applicants choosing to pass a resolution, can be found in the Application Information Packet.
Sections of the application will refer to the importance of sponsor recognition, and how you plan to acknowledge the sponsors in grant-funded events and materials should be clear in the proposal. If awarded the grant, this will be a requirement in the final report.
Grant recipients are required to install a sign indicating that the project was funded by The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant Program where applicable. The cost of the signage can be included in the project budget.
NJEA and the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program should also be acknowledged on reports or other materials developed with grant funds. Copies of materials acknowledging the funders will be required attachments in the final grant report.