Mini Grants

Thanks to the generosity of Creek Week sponsors, SACC is able to offer grants of up to $500 to help teachers use a local creek as an outdoor classroom or otherwise integrate creek studies into their curriculum.

Purpose of the Mini Grant Program

The mini-grant program provides funds to help teachers educate students about the many benefits of their local creeks including abundant aesthetic, recreational and ecological values. It also provides incentive to give students an outdoors, hands-on experience that takes their learning to a more meaningful level.

Using creeks as outdoor classrooms connects students with their natural world. Understanding how human activities alter our environment in positive and negative ways allows students to become informed participants in their own futures. According to the State of California Department of Education, “research shows that environment-based education improves students’ academic performance and test scores, reduces discipline and attendance problems, and increases their ability to transfer knowledge to new contexts.”

Applying for a Mini Grant

There is no application deadline for the Mini Grant. Projects must be completed and a report submitted within a year of the grant’s award