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.
Scan our list of eligible schools.
Yes, you can submit multiple applications, but you can only be approved for one grant per program year.
No, a teacher can receive no more than one grant through the Water Smart Grant 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, although only one grant can be received per applicant per program year. For the purposes of determining when additional grant funds may be available, the program year is considered to run from July 1st through June 30th.
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 Although the Classroom Challenge is no longer active, its resources remain available and can provide possibilities to help with the direction of your grant project.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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