Current Funding Opportunity

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 conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy.

Application Information

The 2018 Gardinier Environmental Fund Grants Program cycle will award:

  • Two (2) $30,000 grants
  • Nine (9) $10,000 grants

Online Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:59pm

NOTE: All applications must be submitted using the online application portal via the links above.  You must create an account on the portal to access the grant application.  This account is different from the account used to access your certification application.

Also, please note that each Sustainable Jersey Grant cycle is unique.  Information on previously submitted applications is not carried over from application to application.  Previous applicants must create a new application each cycle.

Recipient Announcement Date: Mid-January

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar was held on Monday, September 10, 2018, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. The webinar reviewed potential project ideas, walked watchers through the application process, described the online submission procedures and shared tips for how to create a successful Sustainable Jersey Grants application. You can view a recording of the webinar along with a copy of the presentation here on the Sustainable Jersey Webinar Recordings and Presentations page or by using the links below:


Use of Grant Funding

  • For this 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; electric vehicle policies, programs, and infrastructure; building efficiency upgrades; energy education projects; and energy studies and engineering.
  • Proposed projects that would be eligible for funding or rebates from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's, "It Pay$ to Plug In" grant program, regional utility company programs, or other state government incentive programs must leverage these resources in addition to the Sustainable Jersey grant as part of the overall project budget. 
  • LIGHTING UPGRADES OF ANY KIND ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING. This includes street lighting, stadium lighting, parking lot lighting, and other exterior and interior lighting.
  • Eligible expenses include: salaries, contractor/consultant costs, equipment, materials, and supplies.  Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may not be charged to the grant.

Eligible Applicants

  • Be a New Jersey municipality or public school district that is registered with Sustainable Jersey or Sustainable Jersey for Schools AND have an appointed green team that meets the program requirements.
  • For more detailed requirements, visit the Eligibility Requirements page.

Tips for a Successful Grant Application

Successful grant applications often represent innovative projects underway throughout the state, and can act as a model and generate ideas for other municipalities.  Always make sure to carefully review the evaluation criteria, as this is what the selection committee bases their application reviews on.

Review the Sustainability Summit Presentation, "Funding Helps! Tips for a Successful Grant Application," to examine the key components of the evaluation criteria, and also read about some of the lessons learned from past grant projects.  Keep these things in mind as you develop your grant proposal so that it is clear, concise, and doable within the performance period. 


This Grants Program cycle is funded by:

If you have questions, please contact or 609-771-3189.


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