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Bay Mini-Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations
to Promote Environmental Stewardship and Restoration

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP)

Deadline Date:

09/25/20 3:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit and for-profit organizations in eligible counties to promote environmental stewardship and restoration. Funding will be awarded to programs in the areas of water, habitats, fish and wildlife, education, oil management, and invasive species. Applicants must be located in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas counties and must proposals must benefit the Tampa Bay Estuary.

Projects should promote public involvement in solutions for bay protection and restoration. While projects by students and for students will be considered, they must include a direct means for adult or youth education, or a direct ecological benefit to the bay watershed.

Proposal Categories:

  • Water Quality
    (Examples: environmental landscaping practices; "best management practices" for agriculture; innovative retention/filtering techniques)
  • Habitat Restoration and Protection
    (Examples: restoration of natural shorelines/enhancement of seawalls; projects addressing seagrasses, mangroves, coastal and freshwater wetlands, and other estuarine habitats; marine debris reduction/recycling initiatives)
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation
    (Examples: awareness of threats to wildlife from monofilament line; protection of seagrass beds; education on fish and wildlife habitat)
  • Bay Awareness and Education
    (Examples: programs for schools, YMCA groups, Scouts or other youth organizations; programs that directly involve youth in solutions to bay problems; programs directed at disadvantaged youth)
  • Dredged Material Management or Spill Prevention
    (Examples: volunteer oil spill response teams; beneficial or innovative uses of dredged materials)
  • Invasive Species
    (Examples: Eradication of invasive plants or animals; education about harmful aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their spread)

Of special interest are projects that foster creative partnerships (projects that pair groups such as commercial/recreational fishermen, developers/environmentalists).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174431

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant limit: $5,000, available on reimbursement basis only.

Term of Contract:

Project must begin within six months of the award date and be completed within one year of award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Groups and organizations from Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties may apply. Funds will be dispersed through contracts. Both non-profit and for-profit organizations are eligible.

-Proposals seeking funds for ongoing administrative support of established programs will not receive consideration. Costs not allowed include: reimbursement for costs outside the grant's scope of work, purchase of commercial software and hardware, contingency funds, depreciation, entertainment, purchase or printing of t-shirts or other clothing, fines and penalties, bad debts, interest and financial costs of borrowing, attendance at conferences and meetings, lobbying expenses.

-Activities that exclusively benefit a single class will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

-Applications for Bay Mini-Grants must be submitted by 3:00pm September 25, 2020.
-Funds will be awarded by mid-December.

-Matching funds are not required, but proposals showing matching fund commitment through in-kind services such as volunteer hours are encouraged.

-Grant monies are dispensed through reimbursement of expenses related to the grant project. Reimbursement can be made as often as once per month, and must be accompanied by an invoice and documentation of expenditures.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Sheila Scolaro

Tampa Bay Estuary Program
263 13th Avenue South
Suite 350
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 893-2765
Fax: (727) 893-2767

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