Small Grants Program Selection Process & Criteria

2017 Gardinier Grant Cycle

Proposals will be evaluated based on the criteria below:

  • Innovativeness and Uniqueness: The proposed action could lead to a new "best practice" and/or is being implemented in a new or unique way.
  • Impact of proposed project: This includes project type, expected outcomes and importance to meeting sustainability goals.
  • Influence on future activities: The proposed project either augments existing energy initiatives and/or will serve as a catalyst for future efforts.  
  • Likelihood of success: The action plan: 1) clearly lists the steps needed to complete the project; 2) identifies accurate estimates of the time needed to complete each step; 3) is realistic and likely to be successfully accomplished.  The budget is realistic, includes only eligible and reasonable expenses, and leverages incentive funding (where applicable).
  • Municipal capacity: The municipality has demonstrated commitment to sustainable practices and leadership capacity is through an active and effective green team, and success at managing grant projects in accordance with program requirements.
  • Partnerships and leveraging: The proposed effort has effectively leveraged additional external resources that may be available for project implementation.

Approximately 50% of the grant funds will be reserved for certified applicants. Sustainable Jersey reserves the right to reallocate the funding based on the quality and quantity of grant applications received in a given funding cycle.