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The Hampton Roads Environmental Education Teams (HR WET, HR STORM, Fat Free Drains and HR CLEAN) offer competitive mini-grants of up to $500 each year. HR CLEAN funds projects up to $250. Mini-grants are intended to provide supplemental funding for environmentally related projects. The mini-grant may fund the entire project, or be used to supplement a project that requires more funding than is available from the school. (Funds will not be available for operations projects such as monthly fees and waste receptacles.)

All Hampton Roads school teachers (K-12) and youth leaders / organizations are eligible. All projects should be specifically tied to litter prevention, waste minimization and recycling or beautification, or water conservation, pollution prevention and or efficiency as it relates to topics such as:

  • Reducing waste at the source or properties of the waste stream
  • Water distribution or conservation
  • The life cycle of products and packaging 
  • The properties of water and the water cycle 
  • Integrated waste management including recycling methods
  • Stormwater Management (pollution prevention)
  • The economic and social impacts of litter and pollution
  • Coastal ecology and habitat research 
  • Waste or water audits at school or home
  • Ways to reduce soil erosion and chemical runoff in storm water

HOW TO APPLY (Click Here for a sample application.)

To apply, simply submit the completed application form. You may apply online (and fax or mail in the attached signature forms). The form can also be printed in its entirety by  downloading the complete application form, a PDF version, and faxing or mailing the completed signature forms. Acrobat Reader is required in order to download the forms.  If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you can download a free copy from this site.

Mail or fax all forms and information to:

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Attentions HR3 Mini-Grant Program, 723 Woodlake Drive Chesapeake, Virginia 23320, fax: (757) 523-4881.

Your principal or organization's director must review and sign the application before it is submitted. All electronic applications will be held for consideration until the Signature Form is received.




List the instructional objectives and supporting activities to show how the scholarship will help you accomplish your project's goal. We encourage projects that are new to you and to your organization. Include a complete itemized budget for known and anticipated expenses up to $250. If the total project cost exceeds $250, consider supplementing the award money with donated materials or services, or using the award money in addition to your organization's regular budget. 

There is no deadline for applications. Applications are accepted year round as long as funding is available. Applications submitted by the 15th of each month will be responded to by the 15th of the following month. 

Your principal or organization's director must review and sign the application before it is submitted.

Some possible activities to consider:

  • Create a school newspaper or poster contest promoting minimizing waste.
  • Conduct a school water conservation, recycling or stormwater audit
  • Develop a detailed outdoor nature trail, stormwater-wise or water-wise garden on your school grounds with signage detailing environmental efforts
  • Develop a recycling center or composting area on your school grounds.
  • Hold a storm water awareness, waste or water conservation awareness day or fair.
  • Research the history of solid waste practices in Hampton Roads and develop awareness.
  • Interview local watermen on the livelihoods on the water and how it has changed over time.
  • Visit local Hampton Roads facilities: steam plants; refuse derived fuel plants, recycling facilities, etc. to learn and report on the trails of your trash and treasures.
  • Conduct a litter free school event.
  • Study the habitat of stormwater ponds and the route water takes from school grounds to the Chesapeake Bay or other body of water.
  • Study marine life that exists in the nearest creek or body of water and compare it to the state wildlife list, or what affects litter and pollution can have, or the effects of algae booms. 
  • Photo journalism: a day in the life of a local watershed, the water cycle and or local pollution clean up events.
  • Purchase additional curriculum materials to support a classroom project related to water conservation, waste minimization or litter prevention, pollution or stormwater management.
  • Beautify the entrance or front of the school with a cleanup and water wise landscape.
  • Write or develop an educational play or other interactive theatrical production to teach water quality, water conservation, and waste reduction or litter or pollution prevention.
  • Coastal habitat and watershed restoration research.
  • Conduct a litter cleanup campaign on the campus.
  • Map school grounds and study stormwater runoff effects (pollution) with and without BMPs 


Applications submitted by the 15th of each month will be reviewed and responded to by the 15th of the following month. You will receive notification via a letter. If your application is approved, you will receive your scholarship along with your acceptance letter and summary form. 

Important: Accepting a mini-grant award indicates your understanding that you will complete and submit the
project summary form, including sending in copies of receipts, upon completion of your group's project. Photos are also welcome. Your group will be recognized on our web site.

Please direct further questions to: 

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Environmental Education
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
(757) 420-8300
Fax: (757) 523-4881

[email protected]



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