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APPLICATIONS TO BECOME AN OCEAN GUARDIAN SCHOOL ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. Application deadline is 5 p.m., May 1, 2013. Before downloading the application form, please read the "Grant Application and Guidelines" details below including the project guidelines and requirements (pdf).
The Ocean Guardian School grant application is available as a fillable Word form and a fillable PDF form. Please consider using the Word application form as it may be a more compatible option with school software. For either application form, follow directions below for "How to Complete and Submit Your Application.".
Please note: The PDF application form requires Adobe Acrobat. Download a free version of Adobe Acrobat . In order to fill out and save the form, you must download the PDF document to your desktop first, then open it with Adobe Acrobat, as opposed to opening the form via your browser window.
GRANT APPLICATION & GUIDELINES
The Ocean Guardian School program funds projects focused on a current issue(s) affecting local watersheds and/or the ocean while promoting best environmental practices. Through a school- or community-based project, schools work to make a difference in the health and protection of their local watersheds, ocean and special ocean areas like national marine sanctuaries.
Any school (K-12) located in the following California counties can apply for an Ocean Guardian School grant: Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
Grant amounts range from $1,000-$4,000 per school depending on the level of the project and funding year. Schools may re-apply for funding for a single project for up to five (5) successive years.
Years 1-3 $1,000-$4,000/year
Years 4-5 $0-$2,500/year
- Schools must submit a new application for each successive year of funding and/or participation in the grant program. Continuing projects in years 4 and 5 must demonstrate how the project is being integrated within the school, with the goal of the project becoming a sustainable part of the school activities/culture/policies. To that end, it is reasonable to request zero funding in your 4th or 5th year.
- A school may apply to the Ocean Guardian School program without request for funding. In this case, the school must submit an application by the official deadline and fulfill all program requirements to be evaluated for official Ocean Guardian School recognition.
- For those schools currently involved with an Ocean Guardian School funded project, please include a progress report of your project with your new application. This information should include the following:
- Budget report to date;
- Documentation of your outreach activities to date; and
- Brief summary of your project and accomplishments to date.
HOW TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:
Step 1: Download and save the application form (Word or PDF form) to your computer.
Step 2: Complete (and save) the application form.
Step 3: Print 2 copies, double-sided of your completed application form (remember to keep an additional copy for your files) and mail 2 copies to:
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Attn: Ocean Guardian Schools
99 Pacific Street, Building 455-A
Monterey, CA 93940
For more information, contact Naomi Pollack.
APPLICATION DUE DATE
ALL grant applications are due by 5 PM Pacific Standard Time on May 1, 2013 (for projects to begin at the start of the following academic year). Funding decisions will be made by early June. The project period must run for the full academic year.
Applications must be postmarked or provided to a delivery service by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on May 1, 2013. Use of a delivery service (i.e. FedEx or UPS) must be documented with a receipt. NO fax applications will be accepted.
REVIEW AND SELECTION
- Any school (K-12) located in the following California counties can apply for an Ocean Guardian School grant: Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.
- Schools may re-apply for funding for a single project for up to five (5) successive years. In such cases, schools must re-submit a new application for each successive year by the official application deadline.
APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA (weighted equally)
- A specific school- or community-based project that addresses a current issue(s) affecting local watersheds and/or the ocean.
- The number of classes and grades directly involved in the project.
- How the project will make a difference in the school and/or local community.
- The outreach plan for communicating the project to both the school and local community.
Before completing the application form, please review the project guidelines and requirements.
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NOTE: A school is not an Ocean Guardian School until the end of the project year after all program requirements have been completed. If all the program requirements have been successfully fulfilled, a school will be officially recognized as a NOAA Ocean Guardian School, and will receive the official Ocean Guardian School banner. A school will receive a different banner for each year they are recognized as an Ocean Guardian School.
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