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Prizes, grants available through conservation district programs

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Students from kindergarten through 12th grade have a chance to win cash prizes in a poster contest offered by the Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Participants in the 2021 Youth Poster Contest will create a poster based on the theme “Health Forest = Healthy Communities.” County winners will advance to the state competition, and state winners will advance to a national competition. Winners at each level will receive cash prizes, according to a news release from Richland County.

Students may design the posters digitally or on paper, but all entries must be submitted electronically. Submission information in available online at, and entries are due by April 30, 2021.  

Faculty and staff and public, private and alternative schools in Richland County also have a chance to win grants of up to $1,000 offered by the conservation district. The grants will be used to support conservation projects and youth environmental education initiatives such as outdoor classrooms, schools gardens, nature trails and wildlife habitats.

Applications, available online, for fall funding are due Sept. 30 and spring funding Feb. 1.

For more information on either program, contact Chanda Cooper, conservation education coordinator, at 803-576-2084 or

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