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

on Nov 18, 2015

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. 

With this contribution, the PSEG Foundation has contributed over one million dollars in funding to the Small Grants Program. Richard Thigpen, vice president of governmental affairs, PSEG and president of the PSEG Foundation Board of Trustees presented the grant funding at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon in Atlantic City yesterday.  

“For more than 100 years, PSEG has been committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities we serve,” said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation and director of Corporate Responsibility. “We are proud to partner with Sustainable Jersey to support this program and help fund projects that provide sustainable neighborhoods, economic development and STEM education to empower a brighter future.”

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. Towns interested in applying for a grant can visit to read the grant requirements and download the application. Municipal proposals are due to Sustainable Jersey on February 7, 2016.

In addition to these grants for municipalities, a similar Small Grants Program funded by PSEG Foundation is being offered to New Jersey public schools and districts participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools. Application proposals for schools are being accepted through January 24, 2016. Visit to submit an online application.

On October 27, 2015, Sustainable Jersey for Schools honored PSEG with the Sustainable Business Leadership Award at the New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop 2015 in Atlantic City. “The PSEG Foundation’s ongoing support of the Small Grants Program is an excellent example of how public/private partnerships can encourage local grass roots efforts to improve the quality of life in New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey.”

Food waste recycling, woodlands restoration, energy efficiency outreach, bike and pedestrian paths, green business recognition, water conservation and creative assets inventories are examples of projects funded by the last round of grants from the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program. “The funded projects serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey.


  • Grants Recipient: New Jersey Municipal Governments

  • Grants Available: Four (4) $20,000 awards, eight (8) $10,000 awards and twenty (20) $2,000 capacity building awards

  • Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, February 7, 2016


  • Grants Recipient: New Jersey School District or School

  • Grants Available: Four (4) $10,000 grants and thirty (30) $2,000 capacity building awards

  • Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, January 24, 2016

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