Proposal Evaluation


Proposals will be evaluated based on the selection 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 the project type, expected outcomes, and importance to meeting sustainable energy 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).
  • Applicant Capacity: The applicant has demonstrated commitment to sustainable practices, leadership capacity through an active and effective green team, and success at managing grant projects in accordance with program requirements.
  • Partnerships and Leveraging: The proposed effort effectively leverages additional external resources ranging from local foundations to other federal grant programs that may be available for project implementation. Partnerships with community organizations and/or other local government entities is encouraged. Approximately 50% of the grant funds will be reserved for certified municipalities and school districts with certified schools. Sustainable Jersey reserves the right to reallocate the funding based on the quality and quantity of grant applications received. The selection committee will also consider efforts towards Sustainable Jersey/Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification, project diversity, previous funding, economic need, and the regional distribution of grants throughout the state.

Other Considerations

Up to 50% of the grant funds will be reserved for certified municipalities. Sustainable Jersey reserves the right to reallocate the funding based on the quality and quantity of grant applications received in a given funding cycle. The selection committee will also consider efforts towards Sustainable Jersey certification, project diversity, previous funding, economic need, and the regional distribution of grants throughout the state.