Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Watershed Champion Grants for Schools

Watershed Champion Grants for Watershed Community Projects - $500 (maximum)

Purpose of the Watershed Champion Grant: 
Our watershed community conservation strategy is to work with residents to create awareness and take action to improve watersheds for healthier communities and healthier people.
  • To provide schools with funds for stewardship projects that will improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover and overall watershed health
  • To provide schools with funds for public educational projects about the watershed
The Watershed Champion Grant is possible thanks to funding support by NextEra Energy Canada, LP.
Application form for Watershed Champions Grant program 2018-2019:
  • Application Form
Guidelines and Eligibility for Watershed Champions Grant program 2018-2019:
  • Guidelines

New grants to help schools to do environmental projects 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation is inviting local schools help their community and to become Watershed Champions. As a new initiative, the local conservation authority has announced it is offering up to four grants of up to $500 each. The grants are for local schools to complete projects that: improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover, and overall watershed health; and may also include public education about their local watershed.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation is looking for school projects that provide solutions to environmental challenges with measurable and manageable actions which can be completed within the school year and with goals that are realistic and attainable. “We want to enable schools to improve their community’s watershed health,” said Iszczuk. “Whether the project is to plant some trees, make a garden, or host a special event, we hope that this grant helps local schools with their goals too.”  
Schools can apply for one of two categories: 1) Creating Awareness; and 2) Taking Action.
The Taking Action category is a hands-on positive action for project which monitors, implements, or researches water, soil, and living things: such as clean water diversion including rain gardens; controlling erosion; enhancing wildlife habitat; grassland restoration and enhancement; improving streams; planting native trees and shrubs; wetland restoration and enhancement; creating a living snow fence; cleanups; and collecting and reporting on environmental features including performing a tree inventory.
The Creating Awareness category recognizes an educational project which promotes and encourages positive action – such as being a community ambassador for actions that protect water, soil, and living things; promoting responsible practices such as water conservation or proper disposal of harmful chemicals and household hazardous waste; raising awareness through the Yellow Fish Road™ program; creating education and/or recreational opportunities; developing a school carbon offset program or a school Conservation Strategy; or sponsoring a guest speaker.
Preparing a Strong Application:
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is looking for projects which have realistic and attainable goals. In addition, your project should have measurable and manageable actions which can be completed within one school year. Take some time to collaborate with your green team and/or school staff to come up with a great project.
Please do not hesitate to contact Denise at ABCA at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, extension 255 or email diszczuk(at), if you have any questions about your project eligibility and/or the application process.
Eligibility of Applicant:
Applicant and school Principal must sign the application.
Project plans must be reviewed by school board and/or landowner to ensure that the project aligns with school board/property best-practice guidelines and align with long-term construction plans at the school or community facility.
What happens after I submit my application? 

The application deadline for the Watershed Champion Grant is February 1, 2019. Applicants will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of their application. Upon approval from the ABCA Board of Directors, a letter of approval will be sent to all applicants who have been approved on February 28, 2019. At that time, a contribution agreement will need to be signed by the applicant and the Principal.  In addition, the reporting documents will be sent at that time. Funded projects are required to submit all receipts and invoices along with a video report. All funded projects must have their report and invoice submissions completed by the end of the school year. A cheque will be issued to the school after the report has been received and reviewed.


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