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The Watershed Project pilot project was funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

Apply for Grants

The framework is free, the examples are free, the connection to other teachers is free; actually getting students out of the classroom and into the watershed takes resources. The Iowa Water Center manages a seed grant program that provides schools with funds to cover:

  • Professional development

  • Transportation

  • Educational materials 

  • Project supplies

Grants are awarded on an annual basis. We accept applications from September-November for the following school year (i.e., apply by Nov 30, 2018 to implement the project during the 2019-2020 school year). Attendance at a professional development workshop in high quality project-based learning is a requirement of the grant and takes place the summer before implementation. Additionally, grantees must travel to the Iowa Water Conference, held each March in Ames, with a contingency of students from their class to present to conference attendees. 


Applications and detailed instructions will be available on this page in mid-August.