HAMPTON ROADS SCHOOL TEACHERS (K -12) AND YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE
The Hampton Roads Environmental Education Teams (HR WET,
Fat Free Drains and
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
- The life cycle of products
- The properties of water and
the water cycle
- Integrated waste management
including recycling methods
- Stormwater Management
- The economic and social
impacts of litter and pollution
- Coastal ecology and habitat
- Waste or water audits at
school or home
- Ways to reduce soil erosion
and chemical runoff in storm water
HOW TO APPLY
Here for a sample application.)
To apply, simply submit
the completed application form. You may
(and fax or mail in the
signature forms). The form can also be printed in its entirety by
complete application form, a PDF
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
The Hampton Roads Planning
District Commission, Attentions HR3 Mini-Grant Program, 723 Woodlake Drive Chesapeake, Virginia 23320, fax: (757)
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.
WHAT TO DO
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
- 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
- Purchase additional
curriculum materials to support a classroom project related to water
conservation, waste minimization or litter prevention, pollution or stormwater
- 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
- 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
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Fax: (757) 523-4881