Columbia, SC—Faculty and staff members of public, private, and alternative schools in Richland County are eligible to apply for grants in the amounts of $500 or $1,000 to support campus 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, 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 of $500 or $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 28, 2018 will be considered for fall 2018 funding; applications received by February 1, 2019 will be considered for spring 2019 funding. Funding is issued as a reimbursement for project expenses; copies of receipts and a brief final report containing photos of the completed project are required for reimbursement. Project work and the expenditure of funds must be completed by June 1, 2019. Funding for these awards is provided by the Richland SWCD.
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