Teachers, grades 4-6, teaching at a school in a Cal Water service area are eligible to apply for a grant for their classroom water project.
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Yes, you can submit multiple applications, but you can only be approved for one grant per program year.
Can I apply for a grant if my class is participating in the Cal Water H2O Challenge Classroom Challenge?
If you are applying before you have registered for the Cal Water H2O Challenge Classroom Challenge, you are eligible, but if you are chosen for an early enrollment grant within the Classroom Challenge, your $100 grant from the Grants Program will be subtracted from any additional enrollment grant.
If you are applying after registering for the Cal Water H2O Challenge Classroom Challenge, you will only be eligible if you have not been chosen for an enrollment grant with the classroom program.
If you have already received any enrollment grant from the Classroom Challenge within this program year, then your class is not eligible for a Program Grant.
No, a teacher can receive no more than one grant through the Grants Program per program year.
The application is simple and can be completed online. Head to our Application page, select your school, fill out the application form, then review and accept the grant terms and conditions and submit.
Applications are accepted all year.
For purposes of determining eligibility for grants through other Cal Water H2O Challenge programs, the program year is considered to run from July 1st through June 31st.
Try nearby universities, museums and nature centers. Local professors, retired naturalists/scientists, and naturalists from non-profit organizations and local nature centers can be amazing resources!
If you are looking for project tips and guidelines, handbooks are available on the Classroom Challenge Resources page. Although these resources are for the Classroom Challenge competition, they do provide possibilities to help with the direction of your grant project.
Yes, please await grant approval and the receipt of funds before starting any project. It is also important that you have your principal's approval for your participation in the program.
Sample topics include issues around water conservation and water quality, but projects are not limited to these areas. The project topic is up to yourself and your class. It must focus on caring for water, but the specific topic has no limit. Be creative! Originality is encouraged.
You should receive an immediate email informing you that your grant application has been received. You should then hear back within 30 days as to the status of your application.
If selected, you will receive your grant within 30 days of grant approval.
Participating teachers must return a cover sheet and photos, all submitted online.
- A teacher reflection (150-500 words)
- Up to five student quotes (150-500 words)
- Photos of the project and/or participating teacher.
No, students should not be included in the submitted photos, for the protection of their privacy.
Follow-up materials should include 3-5 photos.
Your follow-up materials must be submitted online here.
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