Blue School grant program

Grants awarded for the 2018-2019 school year

A Philip Randolph Academies, Duval County,
for a water reclamation and conservation education project

Crescent City High School, Putnam County,
for a stormwater runoff study project

Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School, Brevard County,
for an Indian River Lagoon microplastic project

Flagler Palm Coast High School, Flagler County,
for a water conservation garden project and field trip

Interlachen High School, Putnam County,
for a conversion of the concrete courtyard to a Florida-friendly garden

Ivy Hawn Charter School of the Arts, Volusia County,
for a water quality and watershed study

Lake Minneola High School, Lake County,
for a literature-based approach to learning about water scarcity

Putnam Academy of Arts and Sciences, Putnam County,
for a water usage model development project

Q.I. Roberts Jr./Sr. High School, Putnam County,
for a freshwater resources education program

Ridgeview High School, Clay County,
for a wetland restoration and modeling lab

Seaside Community Charter School, Beaches, Duval County,
for a water quality field study project

Silver Sands Middle School, Volusia County,
for a water quality improvement field study project

South Lake Elementary School (6th Grade), Brevard County,
for a water conservation garden project

Vanguard High School, Marion County,
for a water conservation field study project

Blue School grant program overview

The St. Johns River Water Management District plans to offer up to $20,000 during the third year of its Blue School Grant Program—the 2019–2020 school year. Up to $2,000 per teacher, per school will be awarded to middle and high school teachers to enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources. Public and charter school teachers within the district’s boundaries are eligible to apply.

Applications were accepted until Sept. 11, 2019, at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Oct. 1, 2019.

Three types of grants will be available — freshwater resources field study, water conserving landscape projects or water conservation community/school awareness campaigns.

Important information

Each school within the district is eligible to receive funding once per academic year.

The district will reimburse only for authorized purchases made after the grant is awarded. The district cannot remit payment until the required invoicing documentation is submitted by the individual grantee and school.

The district will pay the invoice via ACH transfer to the school district on behalf of the school approved for a grant. It is the responsibility of the teacher/school to coordinate with the school district to have the funds transferred to the school.

A final report and documentation are due after May 10, 2020.

Final documentation to be submitted upon completion of the project:

  • Description of the activities students participated in
  • Dates and locations of any field studies
  • Photographs of students participating in project activities
    (A photo release is required for each student pictured. The photo release will authorize the district’s use of the photo for any purpose, including website, social media and marketing materials.)

For more information, contact Jennifer Mitchell, education coordinator, at or 904-730-6283.

Examples of successful grants include:

  • Water quality comparison of stormwater ponds on campus
  • Conversion of traditional irrigation to micro-irrigation in school landscape
  • Field trip to organic and conventional farms
  • Field trip to Altamonte Springs Science Incubator
  • Seagrass restoration project
  • Water conservation awareness posters and video