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Sustainable Jersey Grants Program - Gardinier Grant Cycle

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Sustainable Jersey


    For the 2019 application grant cycle, the Gardinier Environmental Fund will fund energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. Projects can fall into the following categories: innovative energy projects; energy resiliency including microgrids and/or energy storage; renewable energy installations; programs, planning, and policies to encourage adoption of alternative fuel vehicles; building efficiency upgrades (excluding lighting-only upgrades); energy education projects; and energy studies and business and engineering planning for projects likely to advance into implementation.


    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

    Sustainable Jersey encourages municipalities and school districts to undertake energy-related projects. Listed below are a variety of project categories that could significantly improve energy efficiency, promote the use of renewable energy sources, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Grant funding can also be used to support projects that aid municipal efforts to achieve a Sustainable Jersey Gold Star for Energy and are innovative models for the state.

    Grant proposals must focus on energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, building electrification, energy reliability/resilience, transportation electrification/alternative fueled vehicles, or other energy-related projects. Other energy-related projects include engineering studies and/or business planning for innovative energy projects. The Gardinier Environmental Fund is particularly interested in innovative energy projects that take a comprehensive approach to meeting advanced energy conservation objectives, such as achieving net-zero energy buildings.

    Types of eligible projects include: 

    • Energy Conservation
    • Energy Efficiency 

    NOTE: Lighting only upgrade projects of any kind are NOT eligible for funding. This includes street lighting, stadium lighting, parking lot lighting, and other exterior and interior lighting. Direct Install projects for the replacement of HVAC equipment, boilers, etc. that also include lighting upgrades will still be considered as long as they take advantage of applicable incentives. See Section M in the Application Information Package for a list of incentives.

    • Renewable Energy
    • Building Electrification          
    • Energy Reliability and Resiliency 
    • Transportation Electrification/Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    NOTE: Applicants interested in installing EV charging stations should apply for NJDEPs œIt Pay$ to Plug In program. Applications for the purchase of electric vehicles for municipal fleet (passenger vehicle class) or for EV charging stations will not be considered for Gardinier grants. Details on the NJDEP grant program are provided in Section M of the Application Information Package and at


    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

    New Jersey municipality or public school districts that are registered with Sustainable Jersey or Sustainable Jersey for Schools AND have an appointed green team that meets the program requirements are eligible to apply for this grant. Joint municipal government and school district projects are encouraged, but not required. 

    Deadline Details

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

    Award Details

    Gardinier Environmental Fund is contributing $150,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey Grants Program cycle for municipal governments and public school districts. From this total amount, this cycle will award:

    • Two $30,000 grants, and
    • Nine $10,000 grants.

    For joint projects between school districts and municipal governments, each entity may submit a separate $30,000 or $10,000 grant application addressing their unique role in the project.

    Matching or in-kind contributions are encouraged, but not necessary with the exception of state-sponsored or utility-sponsored incentive/grant programs. If your project is eligible for NJCEP, NJDEP, or utility-sponsored energy conservation or energy efficiency funding, you MUST participate in these programs and include the anticipated funding in the project budget.

    Eligible expenses include salaries, contractor/consultant costs, equipment, materials, and supplies. Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may not be charged to the grant.

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