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Splash! School Grant Overview
SUMMARY The Splash! school grant program provides up to $3,000 per teacher to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources issues. Public and charter school teachers of grades K through 12 are eligible to apply.
COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION Before completing a grant application, be prepared with the following: Grant Type: Review the grant types and associated details below. Select one grant type and plan your associated key concepts, activities and budget. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): What STEM-related teaching strategies will be employed to actively engage students in water resources education? Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for Science: A drop-down menu of NGSSS Big Ideas is available on the application to assist you in your selection. Budget: Prepare your budget based upon the list of approved budget items provided for each grant type. Provide the quantity and estimated costs per item; include shipping in the cost of each item, if applicable. It is your responsibility to find the lowest cost for each item requested. NOTE: Please review the list of items SWFWMD cannot pay for on page 7.
GRANT TYPES Grant Type 1: Water Quality Field Study and Student Project Description: The goal is for students to understand how human actions affect the quality of freshwater resources and ecosystems. Students will test water quality and identify native or freshwater aquatic plants and invertebrates while visiting a wetland area near the school. The field study location must be within the school’s county or neighboring county. More than one wetland area can be visited for comparison. Students should do a research project or learning journal on current issues relating to freshwater resources and contamination and share the project with classmates. Include a summary of the field study and follow-up project on the application. Optional add-on A: Conduct a habitat restoration, clean-up or other service-learning project as part of the field program Optional add-on B: Visit a spring, cave or sinkhole to examine karst topography Key concepts: •
A watershed is an area of land that water flows across as it moves toward a common body of water, such as a stream, river, lake or coast.
We all live in a watershed and everything we do can affect the quality of our water. Identify actions to protect our water resources with this watershed pledge.
Scientists use different types of equipment and tests to measure water quality.
An ecosystem is a community of microbes, plants and animals, including humans that interact with one another and with the physical environment where they live.
There are many types of ecosystems all connected by water.
Approved budget items: Transportation Substitute teachers Professional to conduct field programs Water test kits and supplies Soil test kits Probeware Kayak, canoe or boat rental (life jackets, paddles, waders, etc.) Dip nets
Microscopes (up to $150 each) Microscope slides Field notebooks and study guides Freshwater-related books, DVDs, software and activity kits Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)
Grant Type 2: Water-Conserving Garden Project Description: The goal is for students to understand ways to minimize the negative effects of gardening, landscaping and agriculture on Florida’s water supply and water quality. Students should learn the importance of implementing best management practices and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, using non-potable water sources and reducing runoff from fertilizers and pesticides. Students could compare traditional methods to water-conserving methods, participate in water quality labs and make informational pamphlets or public service announcements to share with families and others. Optional add-on A: Visit a local commercial farm or nursery to learn about the water-conserving best management practices implemented there. In your application, include the location and a summary of the field study. Key concepts: •
Florida’s future depends on a continued supply of adequate amounts of freshwater for human consumption and natural systems.
Pollution comes from many sources, and pollution on the land’s surface can end up in our drinking water.
Plants need water and adequate sunlight to grow.
Different gardening methods use various amounts of water.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ saves water and protects water quality.
Hydrology and soils determine the kinds of plants that grow in specific locations.
Approved budget items: Transportation Substitute teachers Professional to conduct field programs Water test kits and supplies
Soil test kits Plants and seeds Mulch and soil Rain barrels and coordinating supplies EarthBoxes and coordinating supplies Hydroponic planters and coordinating supplies Gardening tools (gloves, rakes, shovels, hoses, etc.) Drip irrigation supplies Weather station Rain gauge Educational signage Watershed model (e.g., Enviroscape®) Freshwater-related books, DVDs, software and activity kits Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)
Grant Type 3: Classroom Resources and Community Awareness Campaign Description: The goal is for students to develop an appreciation of water as a limited resource and become stewards of our water. Through classroom activities, students will study the water cycle and sources of fresh water, learn that rain provides fresh water to the Floridan aquifer system (the region’s primary source of drinking water), build an awareness of the connection between land and water, and discover ways to reduce human impacts on our water supply. Most importantly, students will discover how their families or communities can reduce water use and will launch a community awareness campaign. Activity suggestions: Daily Water Use at Home survey, conduct a school water use evaluation, build an aquifer model, incorporate related books and DVDs, design posters to display on the school campus, produce video clips or commercials for the school news station or website, write a play to perform for the school or parents, create pamphlets to send home or distribute in the community, host a water-themed event at school. Classroom resource kits (for teachers who have not received one in the past): •
The first 15 K–3 teachers to be awarded this type of grant will receive a K–3 Watershed Education Box filled with classroom resources.
The next 10 K–3 elementary teachers to be awarded this type of grant will receive a Water Conservation Kit filled with classroom resources. The first 10 3–5 teachers to be awarded this type of grant will receive a 3–5 Watershed Education Box filled with classroom resources.
Key concepts: • • • • •
Florida’s future depends on a continued adequate supply of fresh water for human consumption and natural systems. Most of the water used in Florida’s homes comes from groundwater. Groundwater is replenished by rainfall as water circulates through the water cycle. Pollution comes from many sources, and pollution on the land’s surface can end up in our drinking water. We all need to save water in our day-to-day lives. Identify actions to conserve our water resources with the Daily Water Use at Home survey or ideas from the Classroom Challenge.
Approved budget items: Water test kits and supplies Weather station Rain gauge Educational signage Watershed model (e.g., Enviroscape®) Groundwater model Freshwater-related books, DVDs, software and activity kits Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)
Grant Type 4: Freshwater Resources Educational Program Description:
The goal is for students to learn about regional water resources, their importance and their protection. Students will visit a facility that offers hands-on environmental education for freshwater or estuarine studies. In place of an off-site field trip, some facilities are able to bring an outreach program to the school. Classroom activities should be conducted before and after the field trip or outreach program to reinforce key concepts.
Field trip programs: Please select from the list of Previously Approved Field Trip Sites found on the Splash! school grant introduction page. If you’d like to submit a field trip program for consideration, please email a thorough description of the program and how it relates to the grant’s key concepts to SWFWMD program manager [email protected] Key concepts:
For Grant Type 4, programming must educate students on at least one of the following: •
Wetlands Water cycle
Approved budget items: Transportation Substitute teachers Professional field guides Water test kits and supplies Soil test kits Probeware Kayak, canoe or boat rental (life jackets, paddles, waders, etc.) Dip nets Microscopes (up to $150 each) Microscope slides Field notebooks and study guides Freshwater resources books, DVDs, software and activity kits Project-specific consumable supplies and materials (printing, postage, paper, poster board, art supplies, etc.)
BUDGET ITEMS NOT ALLOWED The SWFWMD cannot pay for the following items, regardless of grant type: Capital expenditures Computer hardware (e.g., thumb drives, computers, iPads) Computer software not exclusively related to water resources education Food or beverages Fountains GPS equipment Graphic design/artwork Infrastructure (pavers, boardwalks, fences, benches, cisterns, construction projects, etc.) Salaries Storage carts or display cases T-shirts Video or audio equipment Website development or website providers Items not related to water resources education
Important Dates August 30, 2013 Deadline for completed applications to be submitted online at WaterMatters.org/schoolgrants. September 27, 2013 Grantees will be notified of their acceptance or denial via email. October 7, 2013–May 16, 2014 Project activity period. Please note that any problems or changes from your approved grant need to be relayed to Melissa Gulvin, SWFWMD Splash! school grant project manager via [email protected] Remember that a pretest must be administered before the project begins and a posttest must be administered at the completion of project. After completion of project but no later than May 16, 2014 Final Report and documentation are due. Download the Final Report from the Project Completion Forms tab on the right. Complete the report and upload it to the Splash! grant dashboard. The dashboard is accessed through the Apply/Login tab on the right. Also refer to the Final Documentation form on the Project Completion tab for a list of other required items. All required invoicing documentation should be uploaded to the Splash! grant dashboard. June 27, 2014 Deadline for school districts to submit invoices to the SWFWMD for Splash! school grants. The SWFWMD cannot remit payment until all required invoicing documentation is submitted by the individual grantees and school districts.
Expectations of Grant Recipients You’ll need to know the following important information if you receive a grant: Making changes During the grant period, activity or budget items may need modified. If modifications are needed, seek permission from Melissa Gulvin, your SWFWMD program manager, via email at [email protected] All changes must be requested in writing and should not be made until approval is given by Melissa. Pre-/posttest •
It is mandatory to give students a pretest before beginning the grant and a posttest at the completion of your grant’s activities. The pretest and posttest should include all the same questions in the same format.
Samples tests are located on the Additional Information and Resources tab on the Introduction webpage. Feel free to use these as samples when creating your own test.
Your Final Report will ask for the average pretest score and the average posttest score.
A copy of the pre-/posttest must be submitted as part of your required invoicing documentation.
Participation hours •
Record all direct student participation hours related to the grant for your Final Report. Direct student participants are the students being pre-/posttested.
Classroom activities and SWFWMD resources •
Every grant should incorporate classroom activities. SWFWMD encourages classroom use of SWFWMD publications and web resources. Click here to learn more about our free publications and materials, and please visit our teacher web resources page for an assortment of resources such as the Florida Watersheds video, virtual watershed excursions, podcasts, and more. Teacher’s guides are also available for most resources.
Spread the word •
The SWFWMD encourages grantees to inform the entire school community about the grant and ways students are learning about freshwater resources. A take-home element is also strongly encouraged to inform families about freshwater resources education.
The SWFWMD, as a public funding source, reserves the right to share all projects, concepts, artwork, photos, videos and other products of these grants with others who desire to create
projects in their own schools or communities. Each grant recipient should maintain school district photo/video release forms for students included in submitted work products. Expectations Relating to Grant Budget and Reimbursements •
Your approved budget is outlined when you log in to the Splash! grant dashboard accessed through the Apply/Login webpage. The SWFWMD will reimburse only for items listed in your approved budget.
All changes to the original approved budget must be requested in an email to [email protected], your SWFWMD program manager.
The SWFWMD will reimburse only for purchases made after a grant is awarded and before the grant cycle ends on May 16, 2014.
The SWFWMD will reimburse your school district for your grant only if the Final Documentation and Report is submitted by May 16, 2014.
All funded projects must be completed in accordance with SWFWMD and state rules, regulations and procedures.