Blue School Grant Program

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Blue School Grant Program overview

The St. Johns River Water Management District is now in the fifth year of its Blue School Grant Program for the 2020–2021 school year, with up to $20,000 available. While multiple teachers within a middle or high school were invited to apply, total awarded per school will be a maximum of $2,000 to enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources. Public and charter schoolteachers within the district’s boundaries were eligible to apply.

Due to COVID-19, there is flexibility in this grant with appropriate communication with the district about changes in needs, especially with respect to distance learning and the uncertain nature of the format for the 2020–2021 school year.

The application period was June 1, 2020, through 5 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2020. Winners will be announced Oct. 1, 2020, and funds will be available soon after.

The program includes three types of grants — 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 in May 21, 2021.

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.)

Check out all the fun, ideas and funding opportunity in this Blue School Grant Program overview webinar, conducted June 2, 2020. Also watch on our YouTube channel and view other educational and informational webinars.

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

Examples of successful grants include:

  • Service-learning project where middle and high school students partnered to study water quality
  • Creation of native landscape garden with educational signage
  • Water quality comparison of campus stormwater ponds
  • Conversion of traditional irrigation to micro-irrigation in school landscape
  • Water conservation awareness posters and video

Grants awarded for the 2020–21 school year

A. Philip Randolph, Duval County,
for a water-conserving landscape project


Clay High School, Clay County,
for a water resources field study


Crescent City High School, Putnam County,
for a water resources field study


David C. Hinson Middle School, Volusia County,
for a water resources field study


Flagler Palm Coast High School, Flagler County,
for a water resources and school awareness project


Freedom Crossing Academy, St. Johns County,
for a water-conserving landscape project


Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High School, Clay County,
for a water-conserving landscape project

New Smyrna Beach High School, Volusia County,
for a water resources field study


Oak Hill Academy, Duval County,
for a water resources school awareness project


Palm View Academy, St. Johns County,
for a water-conserving landscape project


Ridgeview High School, Clay County,
for a water-conserving landscape project


Sculptor Charter, Brevard County,
for a water-conserving landscape project


St. Augustine High School, St. Johns County,
for a water-conserving landscape project


Vanguard High School, Marion County,
for a water resources field study