The Watershed Institute’s
Small Project Grants

Since it’s inception in 2002, The Watershed Institute’s Grant Program has supported local watershed and conservation nonprofits in their work to protect our state’s environment and inspire a shared vision for the stewardship of New Jersey’s watersheds. The focus of our grants program is environmental education and outreach, specifically as it relates to our grant program’s Targeted Actions: Water Quality Science and Education, Stormwater Policy, Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Resiliency.

This program is made possible by generous funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.




For more information about our grant program, along with instructions on how to apply:

Recent Updates


The application period for our 2018-2019 Small Project Grants is now closed. This year’s grant recipients will be publicly announced in December 2018. The next Small Project Grants cycle will begin in the summer of 2019. Stay tuned for an announcement next spring!


Effective as of November 2018, we will no longer be offering Mini-Expertise Grants. If you are interested in other state and national grant opportunities, check out our Grant Finder database for information on more than one hundred grant opportunities your organization may be eligible to apply for!

2018 Project Grant Dates to Remember

Project Start | Dec., 2017
Midterm Meetings | May 2018
Interim Narrative & Financial Reports | July 13, 2018
Project Completion | Dec. 4, 2018
Final Narrative & Financial Reports | Dec. 14, 2018

2019-2020 Project Grants

  • $1,000-$8,000
  • The application period will begin June/July 2019 

Thank you to the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for making this small grants program possible!

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