Sustainable Communities Grant Program
Atlantic City Electric (ACE) and Sustainable Jersey are pleased to announce the Sustainable Communities Grant Program. ACE values the environment and is always working toward delivering a cleaner and brighter future for communities. That is why it is contributing $75,000 to support municipal environmental stewardship and resiliency projects in its service territory. Grants to support environmental stewardship and resiliency will be awarded.
Environmental Stewardship Grants
These grants are intended to help municipalities plan for, protect and improve public spaces such as local parks, natural areas, and recreation resources. In addition, grants can be used in combination with other funding sources to cover a portion of the expenses associated with developing and/or supporting their open space programs not otherwise covered by state or county programs. The following number of grants will be awarded:
- Six (6) $5,000 grants
- Ten (10) $2,000 grants
These grants will support projects that enhance a municipality’s capacity to prevent and respond to catastrophic events and emergencies. The following number of grants will be awarded:
- Two (2) $10,000 grants
- One (1) $5,000 grant
To be eligible for a grant in this cycle, the following requirements must be met:
- New Jersey municipality located in ACE service territory.
- New Jersey municipality registered or certified in the Sustainable Jersey Program and have an appointed green team.
Please note email submissions of grant proposals will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted using the links below. In order to apply, an applicant must first sign up for an application. This is true for both NEW and PREVIOUS Sustainable Jersey grant applicants. Please note this account is different from the one used to access your certification application.
Online Application Deadline: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Grant Recipients will be announced in early September
Make sure to record the email address and password for each application. Grant recipients will need that information to log into the system to complete reporting requirements.
Application Information Packet
For a detailed overview of the grant opportunities download the Application Information Packet here.
Informational Webinar Recording & Presentation
An informational webinar was held to provide an overview of the program, demonstrate how to use the online application portal and answer questions about the program. View the recording and presentation via the links below.
Authorization to Submit Grant Application
The municipality must provide a resolution from the governing body showing it is authorized to apply for the grant. The resolution should name this specific grant opportunity. If applying for both the Environmental Stewardship and Resiliency Grant, the same resolution can be used for both applications. It is highly recommended to start the process of obtaining this authorization as early as possible to allow enough time for approval.
Eligibility, Use of Funding & Evaluation
For more information about eligible applicants, projects, use of funding and grant proposal evaluation click here.
Successful grant applications often represent innovative projects underway throughout the state, and can act as a model and generate ideas for other municipalities. Review the Application Tips page for guidance on general grant application requirements to strengthen your proposal.