Sustainable Jersey Announces Availability of $200,000 in Grants to Fund Municipal Sustainability Projects

on Oct 31, 2013

PSEG Foundation funds 32 grants for initiatives that will improve life in NJ

Sustainable Jersey announced today that $200,000 in grant money is now available to New Jersey municipalities. Funded by the PSEG Foundation, this cycle of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will support thirty-two local projects that leverage resources to make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous.  This is the second time that the PSEG Foundation has funded the Small Grant Program bringing the total contribution to $400,000.

“PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves,” said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation and director – Corporate Responsibility. “We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.”

The Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will award local governments with four $20,000 grants, eight $10,000 grants and twenty $2,000 grants for projects like electric vehicle charging stations, school food composting centers and community gardens.  To date, more than $1,175,000 has been awarded to municipalities through the 2009-2013 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program. 

To apply, a municipality must submit a proposal describing its local sustainability initiative, detailing the commitment of the municipality to sustainability and collaboration with nearby municipalities to leverage resources. Proposals will be reviewed and scored by a neutral selection committee composed of sustainability experts and public figures. 

“New Jersey faces very real challenges like extreme weather, economic change, crumbling infrastructure, climate change, energy efficiency and waste.  We have to do something differently now.  And that’s why these investments into innovative projects are so important,” said Pam Mount, chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees.

A core element of the Sustainable Jersey program is to direct funding and resources to municipalities to aid them in making progress. Currently, 71 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (399 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. 

Towns and communities interested in applying for a grant can visit the Sustainable Jersey Web site (www.SustainableJersey.com) to read the grant requirements and download the application. Proposals are due to Sustainable Jersey on January 26, 2014.

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