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APPLY NOW FOR AN OCEAN GUARDIAN SCHOOL GRANT. Application deadline is 5 pm, May 1, 2014.

Before downloading an application form, please be sure to read the "GRANT APPLICATION GUIDELINES" below as well as the Project Guidelines and Requirements.

GRANT APPLICATION FORM

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.".  

Word application form
PDF application form  

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.  

EXCITING NEWS: New category added to Ocean Guardian School Project Pathway list: ENERGY and OCEAN HEALTH

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/or special ocean areas like national marine sanctuaries.

Any school (preK-12) located in the following California counties can apply for an Ocean Guardian School grant: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, 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. A school may re-apply for funding for the same project for up to five (5) successive years. Funding amounts are: $4,000 for Years 1-3, $2,500 for Year 4, and $1,000 for Year 5. If you do not need funding, but you would like to apply to become an Ocean Guardian School, you must still complete and submit an application by May 1st.

FUNDING AMOUNTS

Years 1-3

Up to $4,000/year

Year 4

Up to $2,500

Year 5

Up to $1,000

PLEASE NOTE:

  • 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.
  • For those schools currently involved with an Ocean Guardian School funded project, please include a progress report of your current project with your new application. This information should include the following:
    • Budget report to date (what funds you have spent and what funds will be spent by the end of the school year);
    • Brief documentation of your outreach activities to date;
    • Brief summary of your project and accomplishments to date.

  • 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.

HOW TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

Step 1: Download and save the application 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 extra copy for your files) and mail both copies to: NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Attn: Ocean Guardian School Program, 99 Pacific Street, Building 455-A, Monterey, CA 93940.

APPLICATION DUE DATE

ALL grant applications are due by 5 pm Pacific Time on May 1 (for projects to begin at the start of the following academic year). Funding decisions will be made by early June. A proposed project period must run for the full academic year.

Applications must be postmarked or provided to a delivery service by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on May 1. Use of a delivery service must be documented with a receipt. NO fax applications will be accepted.

APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA (weighted equally)

  1. A specific school- or community-based project that addresses a current issue(s) affecting local watersheds and/or the ocean.
  2. The number of classes and grades directly involved in the project.
  3. How the project will make a difference in the school and/or local community.
  4. 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.

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.

For more information, contact Naomi Pollack at Naomi.Pollack@noaa.gov

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