Blue School Grant Program

Blue School Grant Program overview

The St. Johns River Water Management District is kicking off 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 may 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 are 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 is 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 2019-2020 school year

Arlington Middle School,
for a freshwater resources field study


Buddy Taylor Middle School,
for a freshwater resources field study


C.H. Price Middle School,
for a water-conserving landscape project


Creekside High School and Freedom Crossing Academy,
for a freshwater resources field study


Darnell-Cookman Middle High School,
for a freshwater resources field study


Frank H. Peterson Academies,
for a freshwater resources field study


Gray Middle School,
for a freshwater resources field study

Kernan Middle School,
for a water-conserving landscape and school awareness campaign


P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School,
for a water-conserving landscape project


St. Johns Technical School,
for a water-conserving landscape project


Stone Magnet Middle School,
for a water-conserving landscape project


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


Winter Springs High School,
for a freshwater resources field study