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Grants to Florida Teachers to Support Educational
Programs Related to Freshwater Resources

Splash! School Grant

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)

Deadline Date:

09/09/22

Description:

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Grants to Florida K-12 teachers in eligible locations for educational programs related to water resources. Funding is intended to support programs in the areas of water quality, water conservation, ecosystems, and the water cycle. All grant types must incorporate freshwater-resources classroom activities even if the main component of the grant is a field trip or garden. Eligible applicants serve the Southwest Florida Water Management District, including Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, and Sumter counties, as well as portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion, and Polk counties.

Grant Topics:

  • Topic 1: Water Cycle Basics
  • Topic 2: Freshwater or Estuarian Ecosystems
  • Topic 3: Water Quality
  • Topic 4: Water Supply and Conservation 

For more information about grant topics, see hhttps://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/residents/education/splash-grant-overview.

View approved list of field trips at https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/residents/education/approved-field-studies-programs.

Eligible Budget Items:

  • Transportation
  • Substitute teachers
  • Entrance and program fees for water education field studies
  • Professional to conduct field programs
  • Water test kits and supplies
  • Soil test kits
  • Probeware
  • Kayak, canoe or boat rental (life jackets, paddles, waders, etc.)
  • Dip nets
  • Microscopes (up to $150 each)
  • Microscope slides
  • Field notebooks and study guides
  • Plants and seeds
  • Mulch and soil
  • Rain barrels and coordinating supplies
  • EarthBoxes and coordinating supplies
  • Hydroponic planters and coordinating supplies
  • Gardening tools (gloves, rakes, shovels, hoses, etc.)
  • Drip irrigation supplies
  • Weather station
  • Rain gauge
  • Educational signage
  • Models – such as a watershed model (e.g., Enviroscape®), groundwater model, stream table, etc.
  • Freshwater-related books, DVDs, software and activity kits
  • Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173919

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000 per teacher

Term of Contract:

October 1, 2022 – May 12, 2023: Project activity period.
The SWFWMD will reimburse only for purchases made after a grant is awarded and before the grant cycle ends on May 12, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public and charter school teachers of grades K-12 are eligible to apply.

Not approved budget items:
- Infrastructure (pavers, boardwalks, fences, benches, cisterns, gutters, construction projects, etc.)
- Storage sheds, carts or display cases
- Capital expenditures
- Computer hardware (e.g., thumb drives, computers, iPads)
- Computer software not exclusively related to water resources education
- Food or beverages
- Cameras or GPS equipment
- Graphic design/artwork
- Salaries
- T-shirts
- Video or audio equipment
- Website development or website providers

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year open July 1, 2022! Applications will close Sept. 9, 2022.

Important Dates:
- September 9, 2022: Deadline for applications to be submitted.
- October 1, 2022: Grantees will be notified of their acceptance or denial via email.
- October 1, 2022 – May 12, 2023: Project activity period.
- May 12, 2023: Final Report and documentation are due.

Additional Information and Resources: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/residents/education/additional-information-and-resources

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Create account or login at https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/user/login

Apply at https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/schoolgrants/application. Please Note: You must be logged in before you can access this link.

For additional information, please contact the Splash! grant project manager at WaterEducation@WaterMatters.org.

Any problems or changes from your approved grant need to be relayed to Katherine Munson at Katherine.Munson@WaterMatters.org. Katherine is the Splash! grant project manager for the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street,
Brooksville, FL 34604
Telephone: (352) 796-7211
or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only)

Grant Coverage Areas:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota and Sumter counties, as well as portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion and Polk counties

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