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Splash! School Grant

Grants to Southwest Florida K-12 Schools for
Educational Projects Related to Freshwater Resources

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)

Deadline Date:

08/31/18

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Southwest Florida K-12 public and charter schools for projects that will enhance student knowledge about water resource issues. Program categories include water quality field studies, water-conserving garden projects, freshwater resources field study programs, and school and community awareness campaigns.

Grant Types:

Grant Type 1: Water Quality Field Study and Student Project

Description:

The goal is for students to understand how human actions affect the quality of freshwater resources and ecosystems. Students will test water quality and identify native or freshwater aquatic plants and invertebrates while visiting a wetland area near the school. The field study location should be located within an hour’s drive from the school, preferably in the school’s county or neighboring county. More than one wetland area can be visited for comparison. Students should do a research project or learning journal on current issues relating to freshwater resources and contamination and share the project with classmates. Include a summary of the field study and follow-up project on the application.

Optional add-on A: Conduct a habitat restoration, clean-up or other service-learning project as part of the field program

Optional add-on B: Visit a spring, cave or sinkhole to examine karst topography

Key concepts:
-A watershed is an area of land that water flows across as it moves toward a common body of water, such as a stream, river, lake or coast.
-We all live in a watershed and everything we do can affect the quality of our water. Identify actions to protect our water resources with this watershed pledge.
-Scientists use different types of equipment and tests to measure water quality.
-An ecosystem is a community of microbes, plants and animals, including humans that interact with one another and with the physical environment where they live.
-There are many types of ecosystems all connected by water.

Approved budget items:
-Transportation
-Substitute teachers
-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
-Freshwater-related books, DVDs, software and activity kits
-Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)

Grant Type 2: Water-Conserving Garden Project

Description:

The goal is for students to understand ways to minimize the negative effects of gardening, landscaping and agriculture on Florida’s water supply and water quality. Students should learn the importance of implementing best management practices and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, using non-potable water sources and reducing runoff from fertilizers and pesticides. Students could compare traditional methods to water-conserving methods, participate in water quality labs and make informational pamphlets or public service announcements to share with families and others. PLEASE NOTE: Along with all grant types, this grant type is required to incorporate classroom activities in order to reiterate freshwater resources concepts.

Optional add-on A: Visit a local commercial farm or nursery to learn about the water-conserving best management practices implemented there. In your application, include the location and a summary of the field study.

Key concepts:
-Florida’s future depends on a continued supply of adequate amounts of freshwater for human consumption and natural systems.
-Pollution comes from many sources, and pollution on the land’s surface can end up in our drinking water.
-Plants need water and adequate sunlight to grow.
-Different gardening methods use various amounts of water.
-Florida-Friendly Landscaping saves water and protects water quality.
-Hydrology and soils determine the kinds of plants that grow in specific locations.

Approved budget items:
-Transportation
-Substitute teachers
-Professional to conduct field programs
-Water test kits and supplies
-Soil test kits
-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
-Watershed model (e.g., Enviroscape®)
-Freshwater-related books, DVDs, software and activity kits
-Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)

Please Note these non-approved budget items: aquaponics items, storage containers, benches, fences and other infrastructure.

Grant Type 3: Classroom Resources and Community Awareness Campaign

Description:

The goal is for students to develop an appreciation of water as a limited resource and become stewards of our water. Through classroom activities, students will study the water cycle and sources of fresh water, learn that rain provides fresh water to the Floridan aquifer system (the region’s primary source of drinking water), build an awareness of the connection between land and water, and discover ways to reduce human impacts on our water supply. Most importantly, students will discover how their families or communities can reduce water use and will launch a community awareness campaign.

Activity suggestions: Visit WaterMatters.org/Education/Resources for ideas. Daily Water Use at Home survey, conduct a school water use evaluation, build an aquifer model, incorporate related books and DVDs, design posters to display on the school campus, produce video clips or commercials for the school news station or website, write a play to perform for the school or parents, create pamphlets to send home or distribute in the community, host a water-themed event at school.

Classroom resource kits (for teachers who have not received one in the past):
-The first 10 K–3 teachers to be awarded this type of grant will receive a K–3 Watershed Education Box filled with classroom resources.
-The next 10 K–3 elementary teachers to be awarded this type of grant will receive a Water Conservation Kit filled with classroom resources.
-The first 10 3–5 teachers to be awarded this type of grant will receive a 3–5 Watershed Education Box filled with classroom resources.

Key concepts:
-Florida’s future depends on a continued adequate supply of fresh water for human consumption and natural systems.
-Most of the water used in Florida’s homes comes from groundwater.
-Groundwater is replenished by rainfall as water circulates through the water cycle.
-Pollution comes from many sources, and pollution on the land’s surface can end up in our drinking water.
-We all need to save water in our day-to-day lives. Identify actions to conserve our water resources with the Daily Water Use at Home survey or ideas from the Classroom Challenge.

Approved budget items:
-Water test kits and supplies
-Weather station
-Rain gauge
-Educational signage
-Watershed model (e.g., Enviroscape)
-Groundwater model
-Freshwater-related books, DVDs, software and activity kits
-Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)

Grant Type 4: Freshwater Resources Educational Program

Description:

The goal is for students to learn about regional water resources, their importance and their protection. Students will visit a facility that offers hands-on environmental education for freshwater or estuarine studies. In place of an off-site field trip, some facilities are able to bring an outreach program to the school. Classroom activities should be conducted before and after the field trip or outreach program to reinforce key concepts. PLEASE NOTE: Along with all grant types, this grant type is required to incorporate classroom activities in order to reiterate freshwater resources concepts.

Field trip programs:

Please select from the list of Previously Approved Field Trip Sites found on the Splash! school grant introduction page. Not all locations listed are approved without selecting from the educational programming provided. Additionally, please take note of the approved counties next to each program. A travel time of less than one hour each way is preferred. If you’d like to submit a field trip program for consideration, please email a thorough description of the program and how it relates to the grant’s key concepts to SWFWMD program manager at Katherine.Munson@WaterMatters.org.

Key concepts:

For Grant Type 4, programming must educate students on at least one of the following:
-Watersheds
-Wetlands
-Water cycle
-Water resources

Approved budget items:
-Transportation
-Substitute teachers
-Professional field guides
-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
-Freshwater resources 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 school

Term of Contract:

The project activity period is October 1, 2018 - May 17, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

The SWFWMD cannot pay for the following items, regardless of grant type:
-Infrastructure (pavers, boardwalks, fences, benches, cisterns, gutters, construction projects, etc.)
-Storage sheds, carts or display cases
-Capital expenditures
-Aquaponics equipment and supplies
-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
-Items not related to water resources education

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available in July and are due August 31, 2018. No exceptions will be made.

The SWFWMD will reimburse only for purchases made after a grant is awarded and before the grant cycle ends on May 17, 2019.

Important Dates:
-August 31, 2018: Deadline for applications to be submitted.
-September 30, 2018: Grantees will be notified of their acceptance or denial via email.
-October 1, 2018 – May 17, 2019: Project activity period.
-May 17, 2019: Final Report and documentation are due.

Grant Overview:
https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/residents/education/splash-grant-overview

Approved Field Trips:
https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/approved-field-studies-programs

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/schoolgrants/application

Southwest Florida Water Management District:
2379 Broad Street,
Brooksville, FL 34604

(352) 796-7211 / 1-800-423-1476 (FL only)
WaterEducation@WaterMatters.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Southwest Florida Water Management District boundaries