Grants of up to $20,000 to New Jersey municipalities to institute green and sustainability initiatives that improve the quality of life for their residents. Funding is intended to support work towards the long-term goal of creating a sustainable New Jersey. Applicants can consider requesting funding for projects that will help their municipality complete actions in the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program and gain points towards certification.
With over 150 actions to choose from, proposals can focus on a wide range of initiatives such as creating a creative placemaking plan; conducting a brownfields inventory; holding a green fair; completing projects that promote diversity on boards and commissions, identifying vulnerable populations for emergencies, supporting local food programs; holding education and outreach campaigns that promote recycling, commercial and residential energy efficiency, and healthier communities; and more.$20,000 and $10,000 Project Grants $20,000 and $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 Program. Innovation Project actions are acceptable. The project should leverage partnerships with community resources and include an outreach component focused on promoting community awareness of the project. Recipients of a large grant must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by November 30, 2023. $2,000 Green Team Support Grants $2,000 grants can be used for general municipal green team expenses or for a specific project that will contribute to earning points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey Program. Recipients of a $2,000 grant must have fully expended all of their grant funds, completed their project, and submitted their final report by May 31, 2023.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. The amount of grant funding that can be used to purchase promotional items are limited to the following amounts: $1,000 for large grants and $200 for $2,000 grants). 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.