Splash! School Grants

Making Your Budget

New this year, we’ve provided a list of pre-approved budget items divided by grant type. Please prepare your budget based upon these items. You are responsible for listing the quantity and estimated costs per item; include shipping in the cost of each item, if applicable. It is your responsibility to find the lowest cost for each item requested. Be ready to supply documentation of cost comparisons upon request. Use your creativity to think of cost-effective methods of keeping expenses low.

Total budget is not to exceed $3,000.

Grant Type 1: Water quality field study and research project
• 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
• 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 (Enviroscape)
• Freshwater-related books, DVDs, software and activity kits
• Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)

Grant Type 3: Classroom learning resources and community awareness campaign
• Water test kits and supplies
• Weather station
• Rain gauge
• Educational signage
• Watershed model (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
• 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.)

The SWFWMD cannot pay for:
• Capital expenditures
• Computer hardware (e.g., thumb drives, computers, iPads)
• Computer software not exclusively related to water resources education
• Food or beverages
• Fountains
• GPS equipment
• Graphic design/artwork
• Infrastructure (pavers, boardwalks, fences, benches, cisterns, construction projects, etc.)
• Salaries
• Storage carts or display cases
• T-shirts
• Video or audio equipment
• Website development or website providers
• Items not related to water resources education

A purchase order will be issued to your school district for all approved public and charter school grants within your county. Please keep in mind this grant is a reimbursement-only grant and all reimbursements ― with no exceptions ― will be made in accordance with Florida Statutes. The SWFWMD reserves the right to audit the use of the funds to meet the public purpose.

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