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Aug 02

Mini-Grants Available for School Environmental Projects

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 9:43 PM by Communications Department

Schools and youth groups eligible to apply

With the school year just around the corner, now is the time to be thinking about class projects. Last year, provided $6,335 in funds through the Environmental Education Mini-Grant Program to support classroom projects rain Barrell_SCthroughout Hampton Roads.

More than 4,000 students at 13 schools participated in a variety of projects that included everything from sprucing up the school yard and organizing campus-wide recycling programs, to conducting field investigations along nearby waterways. Students examined public policy decisions related to the environment by identifying outdoor areas in need of care through a community cleanup project. Other participants refurbished and transformed wooden park benches into vibrant pieces of art that now enhance the school grounds. Examples of other possible projects include Rain Barrels for Garden Buddies, Habitat Education Project, Chesapeake Bay Conservation Preservation Restoration, Scoop the Poop and more.

Interested in starting a project of your own? is accepting applications for this year's round of mini-grants, which award up to $500 for qualifying projects. All Hampton Roads school teachers (K-12), youth leaders or organizations working with youth are eligible to apply. Check for details and access the application package here.