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Rainwater Revival offers grants to Hill Country schools


Organizers of the Rainwater Revival are seeking grant applications from elementary and middle schools in 17 counties throughout the Hill Country to be used for water conservation education or rainwater harvesting projects at school sites.

The award-winning Revival is a day of fun, music and events designed to help everyone learn how to capture and use rainwater for drinking and irrigation.

"Children's activities at the Rainwater Revival are interactive, with arts and crafts geared toward helping them understand that both surface and groundwater are finite and easily compromised by a variety of factors," said Karen Ford, one of the event's founders. "Schools are having a hard time financially and the grants encourage schools to incorporate these lessons into their school programs and to teach by example by using rainwater catchment systems at the schools."

The grants are funded by the auction of professionally decorated rain barrels at the annual event. Hill Country area artists donate their time and talent, and many of the rain barrels are donated by local

"Grants from the first Rainwater Revival were distributed last year to three Hays County elementary schools, but as the Revival grows and moves throughout Central Texas, we've decided to open the applications to elementary and middle schools in a larger area where water resources are prioritized," said Christy Muse, executive director of the Hill Country Alliance, a nonprofit whose mission includes protecting water resources.

Grants of up to $900 per selected application will be awarded for use during the 2012-2013 school year. The application deadline is June1, and recipients will be selected by July 1. Applications can be emailed to info@RainwaterRevival.com or mailed to HCA-Rainwater Revival, Attention Grant Program, 15315 Highway 71 West, Bee Cave, TX 78738.

Grant requests should include:

• A one-page description of the project, including number of students reached, expected outcomes, length or duration of project, and general management and participation in the project;

• Project budget, including grant amount requested and, if anticipated, matching funds or in-kind services - however, matches are not required);

• Letter(s) of support from school principal and any others, as appropriate;

• Primary contact name, phone and email.

The 2012 Rainwater Revival, a free event filled with music, food, fun and rainwater education from basic to advanced, will be held from from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, October 27, at the Boerne Convention Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Hill Country Alliance and others interested in responsible use and protection of water resources.

For more information about the Rainwater Revival or the grant program, visit


Pictured: Last year, six Hill Country artists, lending their time, effort and creativity, transformed 55-gallon recycled barrels into works of art. Bridget Hauser created "Luna Pop." "Being from the Midwest, the Luna Moth held childhood memories for me so it landed on the rain barrel project," Hauser said. "The line and color pattern on the rest of the barrel has a playful look that could be interpreted as bubbles in the water, or rain-drops coming down." The "Luna Pop" rain barrel is now located at the H-E-B in Dripping Springs.