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March 16, 2012

A project in Highlands County to educate residents about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ was recently awarded a Community Education Grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Twelve grants were awarded Districtwide this year for a total of $50,319. This is the 15th year Community Education Grants have been available. These grants currently help fund projects that provide communities an opportunity to learn about water resources.

The overall goal of the Community Education Grant program is to actively engage adults in water-related issues including conservation, protection and preservation. The program motivates communities to get involved in protecting their water resources through various educational activities.

The Highlands County Extension received a $3,540 grant to install signs at a demonstration garden at the extension office to educate people about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles. Extension staff will also publish news articles and facts sheets, plus host four workshops.

Participants will be tested before and after the workshops to determine what they learned. About 1,200 people are expected to attend the workshops and more than 39,000 will be reached through signs, educational materials and other promotions.

Applications for the District’s 2013 Community Education Grant program will be available online at on April 1, 2012. For more information, please call the District’s Communications Bureau at 1-800-423-1476 or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4757.

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