Sept. 7 application deadline approaching for Blue School Grants

Students interacting with a science exhibit

~Up to $20,000 available to teachers looking for innovative ways to educate students~

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 7, 2018 – Teachers have just one more month, until Sept. 7, to apply for a Blue School Grant for education projects to enhance students’ knowledge about Florida’s water resources. The St. Johns River Water Management District is offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that promote hands-on learning about water resources.

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.

Grants may be awarded in four areas: water quality field studies, water conservation garden projects, water conservation community/school awareness campaigns or freshwater resources educational programs.

Examples of successful grant applications include:

  • Water quality comparison of stormwater ponds on campus
  • Micro-irrigation installation in school garden
  • Field trip to organic and conventional farms
  • Seagrass restoration project
  • Water conservation awareness posters and video

Teachers receiving grants will be notified after Oct. 1, 2018.

The district has funded nearly 20 education projects in the last two Blue School funding cycles.

Information about criteria and deadlines and the online application can be found at