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Central Arizona Project (CAP), Arizona's single largest resource for renewable water supplies, supports and funds non-profit organizations that promote water and environmental education to the residents of Pima, Pinal and Maricopa Counties.  Twice a year, CAP awards grants of up to $5,000 to organizations in its Maricopa, Pima and Pinal County service area.

The CAP Contributions Committee, which includes representatives from CAP's elected Board of Directors, staff and customers, reviewed the applications and awarded grants to five non-profit organizations.

Arizona Science Center - $5,000 – To provide 20 Planet Water on Wheels outreach programs to Title I schools which brings hands-on science discovery into the classroom using engaging demonstrations and workshops about water resources.

Arizona State Envirothon 2016 - $2,500 – The Arizona Envirothon is an established natural resource competition for high school students providing a setting that engages students to learn about current environmental topics.  This year, students will study quagga mussels as part of the overall theme, "Invasive Species: Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society" and culminate their year-long learning with a competition at Lake Pleasant.

Desert Willow Environmental Education Center- $3,000 – To support education on the importance of water conservation and use in a desert environment and continue education programs in communities and continuing education for teachers, students and general community members.

Educational Enrichment Foundation - $5,000 – To fund classroom grants, scholarships and programs which provide resources for teachers and schools in support of water related educational programs not otherwise funded through curriculum budgets.

University of Arizona Foundation - $5,000 – To support the training of 25 educators at a professional development academy on "Discover a Watershed: The Colorado Educators Guide."

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