More than $50,000 in grants will be awarded to outdoor water conservation projects.
AZUSA, Calif. – Rain Bird has launched The Intelligent Use of Water Awards program, an interactive grant program that will award more than $50,000 to water conservation and environmental sustainability projects that promote green spaces.
Open to nonprofits, homeowners, schools, landscapers, facility managers, community organizations, students, retailers, weekend gardeners or anyone with a water conservation project that supports sustainability and green spaces, The Intelligent Use of Water Awards program invites the public to submit projects in need of funding at www.iuowawards.com.
Participants log on, choose a funding category ($1,500, $5,000, or $10,000), describe the project, upload photos and/or embed YouTube videos, and then convince friends, family and others to vote for the project through online social networks using the site’s built in sharing functions. Submitters can also utilize the Facebook application to automatically update their Facebook status with a reminder to vote for their project each week.
Once a project is submitted it is made available for public voting, meaning anyone can anonymously cast their vote for their favorite project. All projects can be anonymously voted on by visitors (one vote a day per project, per individual user), and the projects with the most votes in each funding category will be awarded a combined $51,000 in grants to be used toward the completion of their winning project. Winners will be announced on World Water Day – March 22, 2011.
Established in 2008, the annual Intelligent Use of Water Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations whose innovation, leadership, ingenuity and dedication to the management and protection of Earth’s most precious natural resource through improved landscape water-efficiency raises the standard for outdoor water conservation. After three years of honoring individuals and organizations for their completed projects, the 2010 Intelligent Use of Water Awards program aims to encourage and fund future water conservation projects.
“We are very excited about this year’s program, as we have created a platform in which the general public will be able to decide on which projects receive the funding,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s director of corporate marketing. “The interactive approach to this year's program will serve a broader range of projects that seek to intelligently manage water and preserve green spaces.”
For more information on The Intelligent Use of Water Awards, click here.