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STEM and education

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

Recipients for grants in the 2016–2017 school year are now finalizing their projects and can submit their end-of-grant reports here. Details for reports are available here.

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


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