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Grant application period opens for Santa Barbara County teachers for environmental projects

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The 2021 Care For Our Earth Grants application is now open for Santa Barbara teachers. These grants fund environmental projects.

The applications are due November 9.

Santa Barbara County public school teachers are encouraged to apply.

It is hoped the $300 mini-grants will enhance students’ grasp of and interest in concepts related to water conservation and air quality.

The grants are funded by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and the Santa Barbara County Water Agency.

They are interested in funding a select number of more involved, curriculum-focused projects that would be eligible for larger grant awards.

Air Pollution Control District Director Aeron Arlin Genet says these projects are critical for students, especially now.

“We enjoy working with local teachers and students to expand understanding about air quality,” Genet said. “With respiratory health and air quality being top of mind at this time, we look forward to seeing teachers’ ideas on ways for children to broaden their understanding about air quality and health.”

The 2019-2020 Care For Our Earth grants paid for 27 projects at 21 schools in Santa Barbara County. In the last 10-plus years since the program started, these grants have funded 309 projects at nearly every school district in the county.

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Cassie Amundson

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