NJEA funds new Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced $180,000 in new funding for fifty grants to be awarded to schools and districts.

Applications are due on October 31, 2017.

The 2017 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle, funded by New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), will award ten $10,000 grants to school districts or schools and forty $2,000 grants to support school green teams.

Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

The funded projects will 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.

With this contribution, NJEA has provided $750,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

“NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. “It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we also help ensure that we leave a better world for our students.”

In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.

“Sustainable Jersey for Schools aims to empower schools with the funding needed to implement innovative new sustainability actions,” said Renee Haider, the Sustainable Jersey associate director. “We are committed to leading the way toward a sustainable state and we are excited about the future possibilities associated with the release of these NJEA-funded grants that will allow school communities to come together to improve outcomes for students, teachers and the environment.”

For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit Sustainable Jersey’s Grants and Resources page.


About Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. To date, 273 school districts and 679 schools are participating in the program. The district participation has grown to include 46 percent of all New Jersey school districts.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The 2017 Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA, the Gardinier Environmental Fund and the New Jersey Department of Health. Founding Sponsor contributors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation and Investors Bank are Silver Sponsors.

Program partners include: NJSBA, NJEA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

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