Online Application Portal Instructions
Sustainable Jersey has transitioned to a NEW grants management platform. All Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant applications must be submitted using the online application portal. Specific links to the online application will be provided for each cycle once announced via that cycle's website page.
Applicants must first create an account before they will be able to complete a grant application. If you have already created an account, you can use that same account for every grant application you plan to submit in the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program.
The portal will allow you to save your work, log out, and resume any in-progress applications at any time by using the login feature. Even if you submit the application, you will still be able to access it up until its specific application deadline.
Follow the steps below to submit an application using the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program's online application portal:
Step 1: Sign Up for an Account
The person signing up for the account will be considered the grant application's primary contact. Sustainable Jersey will direct all communications about the grant to this person. This account can be used to submit up to two school grant applications (one $10,000 grant and/or one $2,000 grant) OR one school district grant application for $10,000.
Step 2: Create a Profile
The person creating the profile and serving as the primary contact must be a school district employee. It cannot be a consultant. If a consultant is responsible for completing the grant application, they should submit the application under an account owned by the primary grant contact. A profile can be updated if the current primary contact is no longer affiliated with the school/district or if the school/district would like to change the primary contact for any reason.
Step 3: Complete the Grant Application
Every Sustainable Jersey grant application will of at least three sections: School Grant Proposal, Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program Status, and Grant Authorization Document. Some grant opportunities may ask for additional information that would need to be uploaded in an additional section (this information will be available on the cycle's page once announced). Once each of these sections is "Marked Complete" the next section will become available. Once all three sections (and any other sections specific to a particular grant opportunity) are completed and submitted the primary contact will receive a confirmation email of the application's submission.
Section 1: School Grant Proposal
Complete this form requesting information on your school/district, school district's/school's requested funding amount, grant project, application contacts, and Sustainable Jersey grant history.
Section 2: Sustainable Jersey 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 school or district green team to be eligible to apply. Green team documentation will be requested, except for schools currently certified Bronze or Silver in the program or from school districts with at least one certified school. Check your school district's/school's participation status here.
Section 3: Grant Authorization Document
After submitting the completed grant application, you will gain access to the Grant Authorization Document stage that has a longer deadline than the grant application. A grant authorization resolution or letter must be submitted no later than by the deadline in order for the grant application to be considered. A template letter can be found here and a template resolution can be found here. If submitting a resolution, it is recommended that the applicant begins the process of obtaining the resolution as soon as possible to ensure it is adopted by the deadline.
Please note: the grant authorization resolution is not the same as the resolution required to register in Sustainable Jersey or the resolution required to establish a green team.
If passing a resolution, please note that you can use the same resolution for any grant application you plan to submit in the year the resolution was adopted as long as the resolution indicates that all Sustainable Jersey grant applications are supported by the School Board. This can make the application process easier for schools and districts who plan to apply for multiple grants in the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program annually.
Tour the New Sustainable Jersey Grants Program Platform
Below is a video tour of the new grants management platform utilized by the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program. While the video is specific to the 2021 Sustainable Jersey Grants Program for schools funded by the PSEG Foundation, the layout of the platform will be the same for all Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant applications (with the exception that some grant cycle's may also require additional information). Once announced, each cycle will also have a webinar presentation that will include a walkthrough of that cycle's specific application portal.