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 2018–2019 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.
Application deadline is Sept. 7, 2018, at 5 p.m. Winners announced Oct. 1.
Four types of grants will be available — water quality field study, water conservation garden project, water conservation classroom/community awareness, and freshwater resources educational program.
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, 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-730-6283.
Examples of successful grants 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