Current Grant Cycle

The Watershed Institute’s Small Grant Program supports local watershed, conservation, and community-based 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, policy and outreach, specifically as it relates to our grant program’s Eligible Actions: Water Quality Science and Education, Stormwater Policy, Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Resiliency.

Please review our Grant Program Description for specific program details, and check out our database of previously funded grant projects to see what sort of projects have been funded in the past.

Questions? Please contact Outreach Specialist Priscilla Oliveira at [email protected].

Statement on Environmental Justice

We also consider how environmental justice and equity relates to each of these targeted actions and aim to fund projects that benefit vulnerable communities. The Watershed Institute understands these communities have experienced disproportionate environmental impacts due to socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and historic disparities. Projects that address education and outreach that addresses injustices tied to water & stormwater pollution, contamination, flooding, and disproportionate climate impacts, will be given higher consideration. We hope by funding projects in under-resourced and under-represented communities across the state, the residents of these communities will receive vital education, outreach, and attention on these critical issues. The Watershed Institute values justice, equity, diversity, & inclusion.


Guidelines to a Strong Proposal

We are no longer accepting Letters of Interest (LOIs) for the 2021 – 2022 Grant Cycle. Thank you to all those who submitted an LOI for review. 

To those invited to propose, please make sure to consider the Application Evaluation checklist on page 4 of the 2021 – 2022 Grant Program Description. Additionally, you can refer to the presentation below for tips and an overview of the grant application process. This presentation was given to prospective applicants on July 12th, 2021 during a short Q&A session. It also includes answers to questions about eligibility, eligible funds, and general grant requirements. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Outreach Specialist, Priscilla Oliveira at [email protected]


Grant Program Information

Information for Current 2020 - 2021 Grantees

2020 – 2021 Grant Application Timeline

Check-in Meetings | March – April 2021
Interim Report Due | July 9, 2021
Project Completion | December 3, 2021
Final Repot Due | Dec. 10, 2021

Important Documents

Modifications Form
Interim Report Guidelines
Financial Reporting Form
Final Report Guidelines

Information for Prospective 2021 - 2022 Grantees

2021 – 2022 Grant Application Timeline

The Letter of Interest (LOI) period is now open! Please submit an LOI for your project by August August 6, 2021 with the subject line, “[your organization’s name] LOI”

LOI Due Date | August 6, 2021
Invitation to Propose (based on eligibility) | August 25, 2021
Final Proposal Due | October 15, 2021
Grant Award Notification | Late- November 2021

Important Documents

LOI Form
Grant Application Form
Grant Budget Proposal Form

Congratulations to our 2020 – 2021 grant recipients! Click here to read about our current grantee projects.

Please note that as of November 2018, we no longer offer 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!

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

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