April 2, 2012

Community members who want to help protect the water resources in their area may apply online for a Community Education Grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The overall goal of the Community Education Grant program is to actively engage and educate adults about water conservation, protection and preservation. The program is intended to motivate communities to get involved in protecting their water resources through various educational activities. These grants offer reimbursement up to $7,500 to help fund projects that provide communities an opportunity to learn about water resources.

To apply, visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/communitygrants/. The electronic application allows applicants to save, review and change portions of their proposals before submitting. Grant applications are due May 31, 2012. Project funding is subject to District Governing Board budget approval.

Individuals, service groups, volunteers, government agencies, nongovernment organizations and others are encouraged to apply.

Potential projects should provide education on any or all of the following topics: water quality, water conservation, flood protection, natural systems and watersheds. Examples of past projects include pond restorations, cleanups, watershed education events, workshops and exhibits.

Projects must take place between November 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013.

To discuss project ideas, please call Robin Grantham at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4779.

In addition to grant funding, a variety of free materials is available and can be ordered on the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/publications/.

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