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Grants help schools do environmental projects

Your school could receive grant as a Watershed Champion.


Grant offered to schools in Ausable Bayfield watersheds for winning proposals for projects to improve water quality, forest cover, watersheds

Ausable Bayfield Conservation is inviting local schools help their community and to become Watershed Champions. As part of the 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.

An application form and guidelines are available online at 

Please email completed applications to by February 1, 2019. 

All funded projects will be notified by the end of February 2019. 

“We are excited to provide the Watershed Champions Grant for local schools,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “We invite our watershed schools to consider stewardship projects that create awareness and that are positive actions that benefit our watershed communities.”

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.”  

The Watershed Champions Grant is aligned with the Conservation Strategy for Ausable Bayfield watersheds. This community-developed strategy calls for people, community groups, and organizations to work in partnership to create awareness and take positive actions to improve watersheds for the health of communities, watersheds, and people. 

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.

Ausable Bayfield watershed schools are eligible to take part in the contest: Huron Centennial; Seaforth; St. Columban; St. James; St. Patrick’s (Dublin); Bluewater Coast; St. Boniface; Wilberforce; Grand Bend; Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Central Huron Secondary School; Clinton; Huron Christian; St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School; St. Joseph’s (Clinton); Adelaide W.G MacDonald; Bosanquet Central; East Williams; Exeter Elementary; Precious Blood; South Huron District High School; McGillivray Central; North Middlesex District Secondary School; Parkhill West Williams; Sacred Heart; and Stephen Central.

The Watershed Champion Grant is possible thanks to funding support by NextEra Energy Canada, LP.

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