School Gardens Program Sprouts Success!
The eight schools selected to receive School Garden grants through a grant funding program sponsored by MEEC and the Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation in fall 2009 was a green success! The school gardens are progressing and this spring promises to be a fruitful venture for the engaged students. MEEC and AWAC are once again offering “seed money”, small grants that will provide schools with the basics to get their gardens growing!
MEEC will begin accepting proposals starting March 1st for school garden projects. Teachers must submit a letter (one or two pages maximum) describing the proposed project and/or desired materials, and how the project will address educational standards. The application letter must also contain a timeline for implementation and a budget cost breakout based on the applicant’s research of actual material costs, including shipping and handling, if applicable. Labor costs are not eligible for funding. Projects must be implemented/materials must be utilized in schools located in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County (within the Mojave Water Agency’s boundaries). Winners will be notified in June 2010 and grants will be awarded in August.
A total of $5,000 will be available in grant funding. Average grant amounts will vary from $300 to $500. Individual award amounts to be determined by MEEC’s Executive Board. Only one grant will be awarded per school per school year.
Application deadline is May 30, 2010. Proposals may be mailed to MEEC/Garden Grants, 14306 Park Avenue, Victorville, CA 92392 or faxed to (760) 241-6271. For more information, contact MEEC Program Specialist Christie Robinson at (760) 245-1661 ext. 6101 or visit www.meeconline.com today!