Blue School grant program overview

The St. Johns River Water Management District plans to offer up to $20,000 during the second year of its Blue School Grant Program—the 2017–2018 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.

The application period opens Aug. 1, 2017, and application deadline is Aug. 31, 2017, at 8 p.m. Winners will be announced Sept. 15 and money will be available Oct. 1. Application materials will be posted this summer prior to the opening of the application period.

Four types of grants will be available — water quality field study, water conservation garden project, classroom/community awareness, and freshwater resources educational program.

Examples of successful grants from our inaugural year include:

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

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

Expanding students’ appreciation for the value of water

Video: Through the district’s Blue School Grant Program, schools within the district are enhancing hands-on learning of Florida’s water resources.

Grant application form

The St. Johns River Water Management District is kicking off the second year of its Blue School Grant Program for the 2017–2018 school year, with up to $20,000 available. 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.

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 18, 2018.

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.)