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Watershed Champions Grant

Watershed Champions grant for schools returns

Application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2021
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The Watershed Champions grant program provides funding to help Ausable Bayfield watershed schools do environmental projects to create awareness and take action. 

The deadline to apply for the Watershed Champions Grant for schools has been extended to February 1, 2021 to apply for projects to be completed in 2021.

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Local schools do projects to protect water, soil, living things with help of Watershed Champion grants
Grant returns for fourth year for schools in Ausable Bayfield watersheds for winning proposals for projects to improve water quality, forest cover, watersheds

Ausable Bayfield Conservation invites local schools help their community and to become Watershed Champions.

The local conservation authority offers 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 a public educational event or activity.

The 2020-2021 school year is the fourth year of the grant program. An application form and guidelines are available online at You may email completed applications to by Monday, February 1, 2021.

“We know that schools want to improve their student outdoor learning spaces and we are excited to offer Watershed Champions Grants again for local schools through our continued partnership with NextEra Energy Canada,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “We have been impressed with the projects that have been completed by schools and we are looking forward to reviewing applications which help to improve soil, water and living things in our watershed.”

Past Watershed Champions include: Precious Blood Catholic School, Exeter; Stephen Central Public School, Crediton; East Williams Memorial Public School, Ailsa Craig; and Wilberforce Public School, Lucan. 

Watershed Champions Grant projects provide solutions to environmental challenges (such as water quality; forest conditions; soil health; and habitat for species; etc.) with measurable and manageable actions.

The projects need to be completed by June 2021. 

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 a 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.

These 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 deadline to apply for the Watershed Champions Grant for schools has been extended to Monday, February 1, 2021.

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