Eligible Applicants


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

  • The applicant must be a New Jersey public school district or school with an NJEA local association.
  • The applicant must be registered or certified in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.  View Sustainable Jersey for Schools participation status here.
  • The applicant must have appointed a district or school green team that meets the Green Team action standard and includes at least two NJEA Local Association members.
  • Funding may be passed through to a non-profit, partner organization, or contractor, but the school district/school must be the applicant and will be responsible for the reporting requirements.  Checks will be made payable to the school/school district and sent to its fiscal agent.

Multiple Applications

Can I Apply for More than One Grant?

  • Schools are eligible to apply for one $10,000 AND one $2,000 grant.

    • The $10,000 grant proposal will be considered first.  If the 10,000 grant proposal is selected for funding, the $2,000 proposal will no longer be considered.
    • If the 10,000 grant proposal is not selected for funding, the $2,000 proposal will be considered.
    • Due to the limited number of large grants, applying for both a large and $2,000 grant is a good strategy to optimize the chances of receiving a grant.



  • School districts are only eligible to apply for one $10,000 grant and are not eligible to apply for a $2,000 grant

    • If submitting an application for a school district, make sure to create an account for the district (individual schools should create their own grant accounts to submit applications and so should the district).

Previous Grant Recipients

If you received a Sustainable Jersey grant in program year 2021 or earlier, refer to the chart below to determine if you are eligible to apply. Contact Kaitlyn Vollmer at grants@sustainablejersey.com or 609-771-3189 if you have questions about your eligibility.

 

*Please note that NJEA grants were awarded the year after their program year. For example, 2020 NJEA grants were awarded in 2021.

 

Questions regarding eligibility? Contact Kaitlyn Vollmer at 609-771-3189 or grants@sustainablejersey.com.

 

 

Eligible Projects


The funding supports efforts to implement projects that help schools gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. The funded projects serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. For example project ideas and how they relate to program actions, view the presentation here.

 

Millbridge Elementary School
Rain Gardens Presentation
2015 NJEA 10k Grant

Besides funding projects, $2,000 grants can also be used for general green team support such as outreach efforts and capacity-building.

Ineligible Projects

Energy-related projects ARE NOT eligible for funding EXCEPT for $2,000 proposals for energy education, conservation, and/or behavioral change projects. All other energy projects should be submitted in the energy-focused cycle funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Once announced, more information on this cycle can be found on the Grants page of our website.

 

 

Eligible Expenses


Eligible grant expenses include:

  • Staff stipends
  • Consultant or contractor service fees (e.g., for content expertise, marketing, and/or technology)
  • Equipment
  • Training and educational materials or related expenses
  • Project supplies
  • Promotional items - these items should not comprise of more then 10% of the proposed grant budget. Promotional items include "give-aways" such as refillable water bottles, t-shirts, bags, etc., and incentives or awards such as prizes, gift cards, refreshments, etc. Matching or in-kind contributions are encouraged, but not required.

$10,000 Grants

  • $10,000 grants must be used to fund all or part of a project that will earn points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program.
  • The project should leverage partnerships with parents and community resources and include an outreach component focused on promoting community awareness of the project.

$2,000 Grants

  • $2,000 grants can be used for general school green team expenses or for a specific project that will contribute to earning points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program.

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs 
  • Reimbursement for a project underway or completed is ineligible.  Efforts to be funded by the grant should not start until after grant recipients are announced. Planning steps can occur beforehand.