Columbia, SC—Faculty and staff members of public, private, and alternative schools in Richland County are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 in grant funding to support conservation projects and youth environmental education initiatives through Conservation Education Mini-Grants sponsored by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
All schools located in Richland County (including the City of Columbia) are eligible to compete for Conservation Education Mini-Grants. Mini-Grants may be used to support conservation-related student projects including, but not limited to, virtual learning opportunities for students, take-home activities promoting environmental stewardship, outdoor classrooms, school gardens, nature trails, wildlife habitats, rain barrels, composting initiatives, air quality campaigns, litter clean-ups, rain gardens, erosion control, and stream bank restoration.
Awards are competitive and proposals will be evaluated on the project’s conservation impact, feasibility, student and community involvement, and educational outcomes. Grants are available in amounts up to $1,000; applicants should design a budget based on what is most appropriate for their project.
Two award cycles are available: applications received by September 30, 2020 will be considered for fall 2020 funding; applications received by February 1, 2021 will be considered for spring 2021 funding. Funding is issued as a reimbursement for project expenses; copies of receipts and a brief final report containing captioned photos of the completed project are required for reimbursement. Project work and the expenditure of funds must be completed by June 15, 2021.
For more information, contact Chanda Cooper at (803) 576-2084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of state government under the local direction of five-member Boards of Commissioners. In South Carolina, Conservation District boundaries conform to County boundaries. The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District promotes the wise use and care of natural resources for long-term sustainability.
Richland Soil and Water Conservation District
2020 Hampton Street, Room 3063A
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone (803) 576-2080
Fax (803) 576-2088