Blue School Grant Program

Grants awarded for the 2018-2019 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


Blue School Grant Program overview

The St. Johns River Water Management District awarded 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 was 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 were eligible to apply.

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

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 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 jmitchell@sjrwmd.com 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