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SJRWMD “Blue Schools” grant program accepting applications

PALATKA — Now entering the fifth year of its Blue School Grant Program, the St. Johns River Water Management District anticipates offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enrich student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning. The application period runs June 1–Sept. 4, giving teachers all summer to prepare their project proposals for the 2020–2021 grants.

An informational webinar on the grant application process will be held June 2 from 10–10:30 a.m. Register for the webinar at www.sjrwmd.com/education/blue-school.

“Even with distance learning and virtual classrooms in the mix, Blue School Grants are a great way for the district to partner with local schools on their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We have funded 47 water resource education projects in the last four funding cycles, and I’m looking forward to another round of inspiring and imaginative project ideas.”

Through the district’s Blue School Grant Program, up to $2,000 per school may 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.

Grants may be awarded in three areas: freshwater resources field study, water conserving landscape projects, or water conservation community/school awareness campaigns.

The district partnered with Wilkinson Junior High School on a Blue School Grant to develop a landscaping project to increase water efficiency.

Due to COVID-19, there is flexibility, with appropriate communication with the district, about changes in needs due to uncertai