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Small Grants Make Big Impacts for Hampton Roads Youth

COMMUNITY CENTERGreen EducationSep 12, 2019Rebekah Eastep

Author: Rebekah Eastep

Eaton Middle School Lunch Recycling Program

The most rewarding part of the program is the Environmental Education Mini Grant program. For close to 14 years, has provided small grants of up to $500 to help teachers and youth leaders develop hands-on environmental education experiences. Whether students are growing oysters, launching a cafeteria recycling program, planting a community garden, or making upcycled art, these projects connect youth with the environment in ways not gained through a worksheet, a book or a movie. Kids learn best by doing and sponsored projects let kids dig into the subjects, get their hands dirty, and gain a new understanding of environmental issues. is happy to announce we had one of our most active years for mini grant applications in the 2018-2019 school year! There were 20 different grants awarded

Western Branch Middle School Trash Can Painting

for a total of $9,668. Projects were located all across Hampton Roads and engaged nearly 7,500 students. We congratulate all of our grant recipients for taking the time and initiative to bring additional resources into their school to enhance their students understanding of real world issues. A full list of projects completed in 2018-2019 are provided below.

We can’t wait to see what inspiring projects come our way this year. Interested? Apply online now!

Name of Project Students School/Facility City/County Project Description Awarded
Be Fantastic, Use Less Plastic 1200 Hugo Owens Middle School Chesapeake This project will install water bottle filling stations at Hugo Owens Middle School. $500.00
Butterfly and Bee Garden 397 Barron Fundamental Elementary School Hampton A butterfly garden was planted at Barron Fundamental Elementary School. $250.00
Chicken Coop in Our Garden 40 Maury High School Norfolk This project funded a chicken coop designed and constructed by garden club students. $500.00
Community Learning Garden and Beautification Project 40 Saunders Elementary/  Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads Newport News This project mitigated drainage issues along the front walkway to Saunders Elementary and the installation of a community learning garden. $500.00
Creating, Conserving, and Protecting Monarch Habitats   569 Great Bridge Primary School Chesapeake This project features a compost bin, and raised garden beds to be built in the fall. Students also will place milkweed with butterfly eggs in mesh cages to observe the life cycle of the butterfly. $500.00
Downstream Collaborative 79 Kempsville Meadows Elementary School Virginia Beach This grant sought to create and support meaningful watershed opportunities that connect students with community partners. $500.00
Drip Smart 80 Williamsburg Community Growers Lightfoot The Drip Smart project helped convert the Williamsburg Community Growers farm to a drip irrigation system. $500.00
Eaton Middle School Lunch Recycling Program 650 Eaton Fundamental Middle School Hampton This project helped create a lunchroom recycling and composting program run by Ecology Club students. $418.06
Granby Go Green 20 Granby High School Norfolk This project beautified the garden and repaired a trellis at Granby High School. $500.00
Green Run Demonstration Rain Garden 42 Green Run High School Virginia Beach This project installed a rain garden at Green Run High School. $500.00
Keeping the Chesapeake Bay Clean 925 Western Branch Middle School Chesapeake This project provided library books about environmental stewardship to Western Branch Middle School. $500.00
Keeping the Vibrance and Learning in Our Gardens 530 Newtown Elementary School Virginia Beach This project was a continuation of a multi-year effort at to expand Newtown’s morning garden club. $500.00
Lights of Love for the Hague 50 Breathe Easy and Smile Yoga Co. Norfolk The Lights of Love Attraction created a walking path around the Hague with luminaries decorated by guests and facilitated by volunteers from Maury High School. $500.00
Little Hands Big Clean Up 600 Granby Elementary School Norfolk This project implemented a recycling program at Granby Elementary School. $500.00
Norfolk Academy Pollinator Garden 400 Norfolk Academy Norfolk This project involved building raised bed gardens and a new greenhouse at Norfolk Academy. $500.00
One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure 25 Western Branch Middle School Chesapeake This beautification project took trash cans throughout the school and transformed them into works of art. $500.00
Plants & Air Quality 100 York County Beautification Committee Yorktown This project will fund the use of an Air Quality Egg learning system in York County high schools. $500.00
Plastic Bottle Art 150 Lakeland High School Suffolk This project will continue efforts at Lakeland High School to create art from recycled items. $500.00
Snip-N-Drip 1400 Old Donation School Virginia Beach This project installed a watering system in the school pollinator and vegetable gardens. $500.00
Soak Up the Rain! 200 Spratley Gifted Center Hampton This project guided students to create a rain garden in an eroded area and conduct monthly litter clean-ups. $500.00
Total Students 7497 Total Funds Awarded FY18   $9668.06