Applications for the 2021-2022 Care for Our Earth Grants are now available from the Santa Barbara County Office of Education and the Santa Barbara County Water Agency. They are expected on November 9.
Kindergarten to Grade 12 teachers in Santa Barbara County are encouraged to apply for this year’s $ 300 Mini-Grants. Grants funded by SBCWA and implemented by SBCEO helped teachers share concepts about water conservation and water use efficiency with their students.
This year, SBCWA wishes to fund a number of more involved projects that would be eligible for a larger grant. In the 2020-21 school year, these grants funded 11 projects in nine schools across the county. In the 10 years since the program’s inception, grants have funded 320 projects in 87 schools across the county.
Previous projects have included replacing a lawn with a sustainable garden on campus, songwriting about water saving, harvesting rainwater for reuse, and monitoring water at home to create a water awareness campaign.
âCounty classroom educators are always designing wonderful and creative projects to inspire students to learn how to conserve water and care for the land. The water agency is happy to help fund these grants with lasting benefits, âsaid Matt Young, director of the county water agency.
âWith funds provided through Care for Our Earth Grants, our talented educators engage students in creative thinking about sustainability and environmentally responsible practices. ”
Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County School Superintendent, said, âThese grants will provide basic training for future scientists and leaders and enable young people to face ecological challenges. We are grateful for the partnership with the Santa Barbara County Water Agency, which supports meaningful environmental education in county classrooms. ”
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