What Can Funding be Used For?

The information below represents the general rules associated with the use of Sustainable Jersey grant funds.  An Application Information Packet is prepared for each new grant cycle that includes information specific to that opportunity.


Grant Projects

Large Grant Applications ($10,000 and up)

In general, funds must be used to support all or part of a project that will earn points toward a Sustainable Jersey actionInnovative Projects are also acceptable.

For example, Millburn, Maplewood and South Orange collaborated on a $10,000 grant, "Take-Out Transitions to Green."  It included an educational campaign and two Greener To-Go weekends to help residents reduce plastic and Styrofoam consumption by putting more sustainable take-out packaging into the hands of restaurants.  This project is eligible for points as an Innovative Community Project action.


Take-Out Transitions to Green
$10,000 Grant


$2,000 Grants

Funds can be used for green team general operating support and direct expenses or to complete a project related to a Sustainable Jersey action.

For example, Warren Township's $2,000 grant supported a Green Fair, which is eligible for points under the Hold a Green Fair action.

Warren Township Green Fair
$2,000 Grant




Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

Eligible Expenses

  • Consultant/contractor service fees
  • Staff stipends
  • Equipment
  • Project supplies
  • Training and educational materials
  • Promotional items including meeting supplies, incentives or awards (subject to certain limits)

Ineligible Expenses

  • Facilities/administrative (overhead) costs
  • Submitting for reimbursement of a project that has already been completed