For a limited time, MEEC is accepting proposals for environmental school garden schools “seed” money to provide basic tools necessary to start a school garden project. Suitable projects may include but are not limited to: seeds, soil, equipment, building materials, low water-use irrigation materials, trees, plants, greenhouse supplies, and composting materials. Interested teachers should complete the following application by detailing desired materials, the project/materials’ environmental component and how the project will address educational standards. The application must also contain a timeline for project implementation and a budget or cost breakout based on the applicant’s research of actual material costs, including shipping and handling, if applicable. Labor costs and prepared food items are not eligible for funding. Your school’s name, mailing address and a contact number/email must be included on the application for consideration. Projects must be implemented/materials must be used in classrooms/schools located in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County, the Antelope Valley or the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County. Applicants must also teach within these same jurisdictions.
Maximum grant amount is $500. Individual award amounts to be determined by MEEC. Only one grant will be awarded per school per school year. Application deadline is October 31, 2017. Winners will be notified in early November and grants will be awarded by November 30th. Project materials must be purchased by March 1, 2018.