Soquel Creek Water District supports projects in our community that help save water and promote awareness and conservation education. The District currently provides two grants for local non-profit organizations seeking financial support to encourage public interest in water conservation. Both grants are offered each fiscal year and provide from $250 - $2,000 to qualifying projects. Please see the below pages for more information and to download an application.
The Water-Wise Garden Mini-Grant
The purpose of the Water-Wise Garden Mini Grant Program is to fund innovative projects designed to encourage public interest in water-wise landscapes.
Mini grant projects must focus on water conservation and increase individual and community involvement in water conservation efforts. The Mini-Grant Program is open to nonprofit organizations, schools, and public agencies.
Please see the Water-wise Garden Mini Grant Fact Sheet for more details.
To apply for the grant and for detailed information about the District's Water Wise Garden Mini Grant download the Water-wise Garden Mini Grant Application.
Examples of granted water-wise gardens:
- The garden at the corner of Wharf Rd and Capitola Rd. was a community project that turned an un-used plot into a great example of water-smart gardening and native plants. Melissa Van Ness spearheaded the project and created partnerships with the Shadowbrook Restaurant, Ecology Action and Soquel Creek Water District to help make a beautiful garden for the public to enjoy that is pesticide-free and water-smart.
Water Education Promotion Mini-Grant
Soquel Creek Water District aims to promote water conservation education in the community. To support this effort, the District offers financial support through a water education promotion mini-grant to local organizations in our community who are working to promote water use efficiency, water conservation awareness and education to water users in Soquel, Capitola, Aptos and La Selva Beach.
The educational event or program must have a major theme or specific activity promoting water education with respect to water conservation, drinking water quality, and/or water supply issues important to the area that Soquel Creek Water District serves. The educational event or program must take place in Santa Cruz County with preference given to events and programs held in the Soquel Creek Water District service area.
There are two application rounds every year with submittal deadlines of June 1st and January 1st, with award determinations to be made in July and February, respectively. If funds are still available after February, the grant program will remain open for that fiscal year and applications will be considered as they are received on a first come-first served basis until all funds have been allocated. Applications received after June 1st will be considered for approval in the next fiscal year’s budget that begins in July. The mini-grant is limited to non-profit organizations, schools or public agencies.
The minimum funding award is $250, and the maximum is $2,000. It is not guaranteed that all qualifying applications will be granted either partial or full funding. Funding applications will be kept on file for up to one year, after which they expire.
Funds are provided after the event or program has taken place. You must submit a short summary describing the success of the program or event and provide receipts before the grant award will be relinquished/paid. If possible, report the number of participants residing within the District’s service area who attended the event or program.
Proposals should be hand-delivered to the Soquel Creek Water District Office at 5180 Soquel Drive, or mailed to P.O. Box 1550, Capitola, CA 95010, Attention: Conservation and Customer Service Field Manager.
For more Information about the Water Education Promotion Mini-Grant Program contact Shelley Flock at (831) 475-8500.
Past Water Education Grantees
The Garden Faire: This regionally supported gardening event features a series of talks given by qualified speakers, informational presentations by local gardening, ecological and landscaping groups and a marketplace of garden-related items. The speakers’ topics will be consistent with principals of sustainable gardening, including the use of less-toxic chemicals, watershed protection, and water conservation.
The Master Gardeners Boot Camp for Home Gardeners
This seminar based event is offered to the gardening public in the spirit of the mission of the Master Gardener program – educating the home gardeners on research-based gardening information, stressing water conservation and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Talks in the past have covered topics such as water wise lawn alternatives, gray water, laundry-to-landscape, irrigation and water conservation.