2013 Small Grant Recipients

34 Sustainable Jersey Grants Awarded to New Jersey Towns

On March 12th, 2014 $200,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program funded the PSEG Foundation. 

The 12 towns that received the $20,000 and $10,000 grants proposed projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Organic curbside waste recycling, hawk habitat restoration, a commuter bike depot, rain gardens, community educational campaigns, sustainability ordinances and more have been added to the list of initiatives that the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funding. New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training.

$20,000 Awardees



Project Title

City of Camden


Sustainability Ordinance for the City of Camden

Lawrence Twp.


Lawrence Township Food Waste Recycling Program

City of Linden


Restore Hawk Rise

Montclair Twp.


Bike Depot for Commuters

$10,000 Awardees



Project Title

Brick Twp.


Visitation Relief Center Garden to Table Community Education1

Ewing Twp.


Creating A Sustainable Community Visioning and Goals for Ewing Twp.

Town of Hammonton


Town of Hammonton Water Conservation Tax Credit/ Rebate Program

Maplewood Twp.


Creation of an Essex County Green Team Network and Innovative Pilot Projects for Replication

Montville Twp.


i-Tree Assessment of Municipal Trees

Springfield Twp.


Rain Garden Installation with an Education Program

Stillwater  Twp.


Paulinskill Watershed Project

Winslow Twp.


Sustainable Winslow- Community Outreach

In addition, twenty-two towns received $2,000 capacity-building grants. These funds are used for general operating support or for direct expenses incurred by the Green Team to implement Sustainable Jersey programs.

$2,000 Capacity-Building Grant Awardees

Bordentown City, Town of Clinton, Evesham Twp., Kearny Town, Kinnelon Boro., Lebanon Twp., Long Beach Twp., Mahwah Twp., Mansfield Twp., Margate City, Monroe Twp. (Glo. Co.), Moorestown Twp.2, North Haledon Boro., Ridgewood Village, Roosevelt Boro., Seaside Park Boro., Somerdale Boro., Upper Twp., Warren Twp., Washington Twp. (Warren), Wayne Twp., West Milford Twp.


Selection Committee

Over 100 proposals from 19 New Jersey counties were reviewed and scored by a neutral Blue Ribbon selection committee composed of representatives from:  the Association of NJ Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), Verizon, NJ Future, the Citizens' Campaign, the Center for Executive Leadership in Government at Rutgers University, Richard Stockton College of NJ, the New Jersey Highlands Council and GreenFaith.

The committee considered proposals using the following criteria: 1) Importance to sustainability in the municipality, in New Jersey, and globally; 2) Likelihood of success in implementing the project; 3) Demonstrated commitment of municipality to sustainability; 4) Importance of the grant to the project’s success; 5) Collaboration with nearby municipalities to leverage resources and impact; 6) Regional distribution of grants to all parts of New Jersey and all types of municipalities and 7) Innovativeness of the project, and likelihood that it will lead to a new “best practice.”

Certified Sustainable Jersey municipalities were given higher consideration under the “Demonstrated commitment of municipality to sustainability” criterion and may have also received higher consideration under the “Likelihood of success in implementing the project” criterion.


1$7,250 Award

2 $750 Award