Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program

Over $2.2 million in grants have been provided to towns for community-based projects to improve quality of life in New Jersey.

Current Funding Opportunities

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant is providing $120,000 for a cycle of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program to fund health and wellness actions in schools.  This cycle will fund thirty $4,000 awards to implement specific health and wellness actions in middle and high schools (including K-8 schools).  For more information, click HERE

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 29, at 11:59pm

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 Small Grants program also gives capacity building awards to municipalities to support local green teams and their programs, and are not project specific.

Be sure to check out the list of past projects and the recently awarded towns.

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

Funder Year(s) Amount Type of Small Grant
Gardinier Environmental Fund 2014-2016 $395,000 Targeted
New Jersey Department of Health 2014 $32,000 Targeted
PSEG Foundation 2012-2017 $800,000 General
Walmart 2009-2013 $975,000 General
Updated December 19, 2016


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