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Sustainable Jersey Grants Program - NJEA Grant Cycle

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Sustainable Jersey


    The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, supporting a sustainable future for children and communities across the state. 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.

    Applicants are encouraged to consider submitting a proposal for resources needed to help complete an action for certification. Some actions to take into consideration are below. The full list of actions is available here.

    • Accessible Communications
    • Culture and Climate Needs Assessment
    • Curriculum Mapping
    • Enrichment Programs through Partnership
    • Green Cleaning Training & Education
    • Green Fair
    • Healthy Food Choices Beyond the Cafeteria
    • iSTEAM
    • Professional Development for Sustainability
    • Programs to Promote Physical Activity
    • School Community Asset Mapping
    • School Wellness Council
    • Student Participation in the Arts
    • Waste Audit

    History of Funding

    Over $2.9 million in grants have been provided to towns for community-based projects to improve quality of life in New Jersey.

    Additional Information

    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, and promotional items. Promotional items should not comprise more than 10% of the proposed grant budget. Promotional items include œgive-aways such as refillable water bottles, t-shirts, bags, etc., and incentives or awards such as prizes, gift cards, refreshments, etc. Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may NOT be charged to the grant. 

    NOTE: Energy-related projects ARE NOT eligible for funding. However, they are eligible for funding under Sustainable Jerseys separate grants cycle funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund that is focused specifically on energy initiatives.


    Kaitlyn Vollmer

    Kaitlyn Vollmer
    Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor 2000 Pennington Rd.
    Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

    Veronique Lambert

    Veronique Lambert
    Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor 2000 Pennington Rd.
    Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants for are New Jersey school districts or schools with an NJEA local association. Further, applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for School program AND have appointed a green team that meets the Green Team Action Standard.  


    • School districts and individual schools are each eligible to apply for one $10,000 grant. District applications should focus on programs or projects that benefit more than one school. Applications submitted by individual schools should focus on school-level initiatives. For example, the Elmhurst School District could apply for a grant to integrate sustainability concepts across the curriculum and Elmhurst High School could apply for a grant to complete a biodiversity project on its school grounds.
    • Each Sustainable Jersey for Schools registered school can submit one $2,000 grant proposal.
    • A school may apply for a $2,000 grant AND a $10,000 project grant. The $10,000 grant will be considered first. If the $10,000 proposal is not funded, the $2,000 proposal will then be considered. If the $10,000 grant is awarded, the school will no longer be eligible to receive the $2,000 grant. Due to the limited number of $10,000 grants, applying for one of each is a good strategy to use to optimize your chances of receiving a grant.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by midnight eastern time on October 31, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated biennially.

    Award Details

    The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a program Underwriter, is contributing $1,250,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle. Matching or in-kind contributions are encouraged, but not required. The 2019 cycle will award:

    • Ten $10,000 Grants to school districts and schools -
      • 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.
      • Should leverage partnerships with parents and community resources and include an outreach component focused on promoting community awareness of the project.
      • Must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by August 31, 2021.
    • Forty $2,000 Grants to support school green teams -
      • 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.
      • Must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by February 28, 2021.

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