Sustainable Jersey Grants Program

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

The Sustainable Jersey grants are intended to help local governments make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey certification. The projects serve as practical models for the rest of the state while making measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.

Eligible projects include actions that would score a municipality points toward Sustainable Jersey certification. This includes projects addressing issues from renewable energy and green building design, waste reduction, a sustainable master plan, water conservation, natural resources management, energy management, and transportation issues. Most projects also include public outreach campaigns and many have involved school children and community organizations. The Grants program also gives capacity building awards to municipalities to support local green teams and their programs, and are not project specific.


Current Funding Opportunities

There are no current funding opportunities for municipalities at this time. If funding becomes available it will be announced on our website and weekly eblast.  Sign up to receive weekly announcements from Sustainable Jersey here.

Gardinier Environmental Fund

The Gardinier Environmental Fund is contributing $150,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey Grants Program cycle for municipal governments and public school districts. For this grant cycle, the Gardinier Environmental Fund will fund energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. For more information, click here.

Application Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:59pm


Previous Grant Recipients

Review the list of past projects and the recently awarded towns.


Grant Sponsors

The Grants Program is made possible with generous funding from The Gardinier Environmental Fund, New Jersey Department of Health, PSEG Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and Walmart. Total support to date includes:

Funder Year(s) Amount Type of Grant
Gardinier Environmental Fund 2014-2018 $625,000 Targeted
New Jersey Department of Health 2014 $32,000 Targeted
PSEG Foundation 2012-2019 $1,400,000 General
The Nature Conservancy 2018-2019 $72,846 Targeted
Walmart 2009-2013 $975,000 General
                          Updated February 2019


For questions regarding the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program e-mail or call 609-771-3189.