Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for a grant in this cycle, the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant must be a New Jersey municipality.
  • The applicant must be registered or certified in the Sustainable Jersey program.  View Sustainable Jersey participation status here.
  • The municipality must have appointed a green team that meets the Green Team action standard.
  • Funding may be passed through to a non-profit, partner organization, or contractor, but the municipality must be the applicant and will be responsible for the reporting requirements.  Checks will be made payable to the municipality and sent to its fiscal agent.

Can I Apply for More than One Grant?

  • Municipalities are eligible to apply for one large grant ($20,000 or $10,000) AND/OR one $2,000 grant.
  • If applying for both grants, the large grant proposal will be considered first.  If the large grant proposal is selected for funding, the $2,000 proposal will no longer be considered.
  • If the large grant proposal is not selected for funding, the $2,000 proposal will be considered.

Due to the limited number of large grants, applying for both a large and $2,000 grant is a good strategy to optimize the chances of receiving a grant.

Previous Grant Recipients

If you received a Sustainable Jersey grant in program year 2020 or earlier, refer to the chart below to determine if you are eligible to apply. Contact Kaitlyn Vollmer at grants@sustainablejersey.com or 609-771-3189 if you have questions about your eligibility.

+ A grant is closed when the final report has been submitted and approved by Sustainable Jersey
* Applications are due on October 31 but are not awarded until January of the following year


Eligible Projects & Expenses

Large Grants ($20,000 and $10,000)

  • Must be used to fund all or part of a project that will earn points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey program. Innovation Project actions are also acceptable.
  • The project should leverage partnerships with community resources and include an outreach component focused on promoting community awareness of the project.
  • Large grant recipients must have fully expended all of the grant funds, completed the project and submitted the final report by January 31, 2023.

$2,000 Grants

  • Can be used for general municipal green team expenses or for a specific project that will contribute to earning points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey program.
  • $2,000 grant recipients must have fully expended all of the grant funds, completed the project and submitted the final report by July 31, 2022.

Ineligible Projects

Due to funding available through New Jersey's Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) for energy audits and energy efficiency projects (i.e. lighting, furnaces, etc.), these activities are NOT eligible for funding in this cycle.  Additional ineligible projects include:

  • Electric vehicle (EV) charging station installation projects
  • Purchase of EVs (except for Class 4-8 medium and heavy-duty vehicles)

View Attachment 1 of the Application Information Packet for a list of additional funding resources for energy-related projects.

Need Help Thinking of a Project?


View project selection ideas on the Application Tips page and/or view the Project Ideas section in the Application Information Packet.

Eligible Expenses

  • Staff stipends
  • Consultant/contractor service fees (e.g., for content expertise, marketing, and/or technology)
  • Equipment
  • Training and educational materials or related expenses
  • Project supplies
  • Promotional items including "give-aways" such as refillable water bottles, t-shirts, bags, etc., and incentives or awards such as prizes, gift cards, refreshments, etc.

    • Promotional items for large grants should not exceed $1,000
    • Promotional items for $2,000 grants should not exceed $200

  • Reasonable project signage costs recognizing Sustainable Jersey and the PSEG Foundation as the project funders.  Learn more about sponsor recognition here.

Matching or in-kind contributions (including volunteer time) are encouraged, but not required.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs. 
  • Reimbursement for a project underway or already completed.  Efforts to be funded by the grant should not start until after the virtual grant announcement event in mid-July.