Grant Guidelines

Environmental Endowment for New Jersey, Inc.

Deadline for email submission of 2023 grant proposals will be November 14, 2022

EMAILED proposal submissions ONLY!

Contact Information

Joan E. Burkholtz

Office Administrator

Grant Guidelines

Grants will be awarded to support local, regional or statewide environmental projects that will have a direct benefit in or near the tidally-related New York/New Jersey Harbor Complex, including Hackensack, Raritan and Passaic Watersheds, or in the Delaware River Basin or in the Schuylkill Valley (see Eligibility). Projects in the Atlantic Coastal Basin or the Wallkill Basin are not eligible.

Grant Purpose: All grant proposals shall be limited to focusing on one or more of these three areas:

  • environmental advocacy and action projects

  • water quality and quantity issues

  • environmental issues in urban areas

Grants will be offered in the following categories:

    • Traditional: The Maximum grant amount in this category is $20,000.

    • Small Grants: Smaller grass roots groups may submit proposals under this category to be ranked and funded separately. Maximum grant amounts for this category will be $7,000.

    • Three-year Grant (new description): This category is reserved for proposals that target environmental issues of broad significance and consequence. Proposals must show compelling need and a winning strategy that will result in profound transformative positive change and impact. The 3- year grant can be responsive, proactive, or both. The proposal must clearly define the transformative nature of the issue and need as well as include a viable, strategic, compelling action plan, a convincing case that the goal is likely achievable within 3 years, and a budget for the entire project. This category is open to new nonprofit grassroots organizations that seek to address an issue of critical importance that is not being addressed by other activities or groups or have an innovative path to success. Each grant request will be evaluated on meeting the grant guidelines, the quality of the proposal, its environmental benefit, cost, conformity with Court Orders, including geography, qualifications and other resources of applicant, and the timeframe needed to accomplish the project. Maximum grant amount for this category is $20,000 per year for a total of $60,000 for all three years.

Note: The Three Year category ranking will provide greater significance on measurable outcomes.

Definition of "Outputs and Outcomes". The development of outputs and outcomes for each grant is a key component of the evaluation system in this category. The following guidelines and examples should help clarify the relationships among outputs and outcomes.

    • Outputs are the major products and/or the substantial and completed processes that will be created to reach outcomes. They are the anticipated accomplishments funded through the grant, and they are directly under the grantee's control. The outputs occur "in order to achieve" an intended outcome.

    • Outcomes are the desired change(s) or results that the proposed project will eventually accomplish. They follow from the outputs and identify the anticipated change that is the goal of the grant

Grants usually cover a 12 month period (except for Three Year Grants).

Preference will be given to non-profit environmental organizations that have an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) designation.

Funds will not be given to individuals, to endowments, for general operating, or for capital expenditures (building or renovation).