Sustainable Jersey Announces $200,000 for Municipal Sustainability Projects - PSEG Foundation Funds 32 Grants for Initiatives That Will Improve Life in NJ
Sustainable Jersey announced $200,000 in grant money for municipal sustainability projects, offering good news for leaders of cash-strapped towns across New Jersey. Funded by the PSEG Foundation, the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will support thirty-two projects that leverage resources to make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous.
“PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves,” said Anne Hoskins, senior vice president of public affairs and sustainability for PSEG, one of New Jersey’s oldest companies and largest employers. “We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods all over New Jersey.”
Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit that provides tools, training and financial incentives for communities that pursue sustainability programs. The 2012 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will award local governments with four $20,000 grants, eight $10,000 grants and twenty $2,000 grants for projects like electric vehicle charging stations, school food composting centers and community gardens.
To apply, a municipality must submit a proposal describing its local sustainability initiative, detailing the commitment of the municipality to sustainability and collaboration with nearby municipalities to leverage resources. Proposals will be reviewed and scored by a selection committee composed of sustainability experts and public figures.
“We greatly appreciate PSEG’s vision in funding the grants. The impact that these projects will make in New Jersey is incredible,” said Pam Mount, Chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “Funding green initiatives at the community level will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all.”
New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training. Sustainable Jersey has streamlined, incentivized and guided the process.
A core element of the Sustainable Jersey program is to direct funding and resources to municipalities to aid them in making progress. Currently, 64 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (361 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified.
To date, $595,000 has been awarded through the Sustainable Jersey’s Small Grants program. Eighty grants for sustainability projects have been given to New Jersey municipalities representing 20 counties.
Towns and communities interested in applying for a grant can visit the Sustainable Jersey Web site (www.SustainableJersey.com) to read the grant requirements and download the application. Proposals are due to Sustainable Jersey on July 15, 2012.