ANJEC Grant Programs
Current ANJEC Grants
2017 ANJEC GRANTS FOR OPEN SPACE STEWARDSHIP PROJECTS
Applications due Friday, April 7, 2017
ANJEC is now accepting applications from environmental commissions for grants of up to $1500 each for local open space stewardship projects.
Suitable projects for the grant funding include, but are not limited to:
- Open space/ greenway/trails assessments, plans, maps
- Trail building, signage, maintenance
- Management of invasive species
- Restoration or maintenance of riparian areas within open space lands
- Conservation easement inventory, monitoring, landowner outreach, education
- Habitat enhancement on open space lands
- Educational stormwater management projects on open space lands
- Programs to involve or engage residents with local open space, trails
- Printed and/or online guides, maps, inventories of open space, trails
- Displays for public events or spaces
- Multi-town efforts to link open space or trails
- Community activities on a theme of local open space, greenways, or trails (walking or biking tours, workshops, interpretive activities or competitions, photo exhibits, logo contests, etc.). Can highlight specific resources or townwide open space.
Contact ANJEC with questions at 973-539-7547 or email Liz Ritter.
This grant program is made possible by donations to the
Sandy Batty Grant Fund, given by family, friends and colleagues to honor Sandy on her retirement from ANJEC.
2016 ANJEC Open Space Stewardship Grants
for Environmental Commissions
In early May, 18 commissions received the good news that they were selected from a field of over 60 applicants to receive a 2016 ANJEC Open Space Stewardship Grant. The grants enable commissions to carry out hands-on projects in their towns. Funded projects for 2016 include trails planning and updating, open space signage, pollinator gardens, bee habitats, community garden, invasive species education, native plant restoration and a photo contest and exhibit of opens spaces.
Community outreach and involvement is an integral element of the projects, to increase public understanding and support for open space preservation and also to raise the profile of the environmental commission in the community.
No cash match is required for the grants, which this year ranged from $400 to $1500. The grants often act as a catalyst, drawing additional financial support from the municipality to round out the project budget. All projects require an in-kind labor contribution from the commission and other volunteers totaling at least 80 hours. Projects often bring in many times that amount from community groups and individuals who help with physical labor or even donate professional skills or materials.
2016 Environmental Commission Grantees
Allentown Borough-Heritage Park Gateway
Asbury Parjk City-Geese deterrent, grassland planting
Byram Township-Update of trails guide including website/interactive redesign
Caldwell Borough-Pollinator garden, open space education
Emerson Borough-Emerson Woods Preserve guided nature trail revitalization
Harrington Park-Columbus Avenue Park nature project, bee hives
Highland Park - Promoting birding and wildlife conservation, Highland Ave. Park
Hopatcong-Lake Hopatcong trail blazes, signage
Island Heights-Monarch butterfly way station and community garden
Jackson-Purple Heart Trail kiosk and digital nature walk
Lake Como-Butterfly garden project
Leonia -Highwood Hills outreach and accessibility
Mansfield -Explore Mansfield photo contest and exhibit
Montclair -Pollinator garden, Watchung Park
Princeton -Woodfield Reservation -revitalize boardwalk
Readington -Trail camera project
Washington Township (Morris) -Invasive plants education program
West Cape May -Native plant restoration
2017 will be the fourth year of the grant program, which is supported by a fund established in 2014 through a fundraising campaign to commemorate 29 years of service to ANJEC by retiring Executive Director Sandy Batty.
Past ANJEC Grants
Between 2002 and 2012, with generous funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, ANJEC provided a program of matching grants for NJ municipalities with environmental commissions. Towns used ANJEC’s Sustainable Land Use Planning Grants to develop capacity-based, sustainable land use plans, studies and ordinances, including environmental resource inventories (ERIs), open space plans, green building checklists, groundwater studies and buildout analysis. The grants helped to strengthen environmental commissions by providing opportunities for them to participate in the local land use planning process. Over eleven years, ANJEC awarded over $1.6 million in grants for 222 local planning projects involving 200 municipalities and counties.