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2021 Sarasota Bay Partners Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Businesses, Agencies, Schools, and IHEs
in Eligible Counties to Enhance Water Quality in Local Watersheds

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Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $4,000 to Florida nonprofit and religious organizations, local governments, businesses, schools, associations, and academic institutions in eligible counties for projects to enhance the water quality of watersheds. Funding is intended for projects that improve local water quality, enhance wildlife habitats, promote community engagement, and provide environmental education opportunities. Programs must benefit the Sarasota Bay and its tributaries in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

The mission of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s (SBEP) Sarasota Bay Partners Grants program is to improve the overall quality of Sarasota-Manatee area bays, their tributaries, and their watersheds and to promote environmental education and community involvement in SBEP’s mission.

Examples of projects eligible for funding:

  • Habitat Restoration and Water Quality Projects.
    • Removing invasive species and replacing them with Florida native plants.
    • Enhancing bay, creek, or pond shorelines with Florida native plants, including installation of living shorelines and vegetated buffer zones.
    • Installing Bay-friendly landscaping such as rain gardens and bioswales.
  • Bay-Related Environmental Education and Community Stewardship Projects.
    • Environmental education programs that incorporate principles of best practices in environmental education, such as those developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education.
    • School or college environmental club service or outreach projects.
    • Designing bay-related outreach materials for distribution to the public.
    • Neighborhood engagement campaigns to encourage Bay-friendly behaviors.

Eligible projects may focus on either or both themes. 

Eligible expenses can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180280

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum amount of $4,000 may be awarded to each applicant.

Term of Contract:

Eligible project timelines must begin no earlier than May 2020 and end no later than August 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, academic institutions, civic associations, religious organizations, and neighborhood/homeowners’ associations located in the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program watershed are eligible to receive funding.

Examples of types of projects NOT eligible for funding:
- Projects on private property owned by individuals
- Projects that do not include a community outreach or involvement component
- Adding or repairing walls, fish ponds, swimming pools, patios, decks, benches, light fixtures, road signs, or any other non-natural feature
- Proposals seeking funds for ongoing administrative support of established programs
- Lobbying activities
- Projects related to compliance, regulation, code enforcement, or penalties
- Projects that use invasive plant species identified on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant (FLEPPC) list:

The following costs are NOT reimbursable:
Food, drinks, entertainment, memberships, computer software, hardware, and supplies, contingency funds, contributions and donations, depreciation, gifts, regulations, code enforcements, fines and penalties, bad debts, interest and financial costs of borrowing, pre-payments, legislative expenses, payment to association members, unexpended funds, and attendance at conferences and meetings.

Pre-Application Information:

Application packets are due at 5:00 PM on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Sarasota Bay Partners Grants are funded once per year. The Sarasota Bay Partners Grants application forms are posted on the SBEP website on the first business day of January each year. Applications are due on the first business day of March. A review committee meets in March or April to score applications. The SBEP Citizens' Advisory Committee meets in April to recommend awards to the SBEP Management and Policy Boards. The SBEP Policy Board makes final award approvals in May and SBEP staff notifies applicants of the status of their award by the end of May. Awarded projects must be completed, with final report and invoice submitted to SBEP, by August of the following year.

Please note: Bay Partners Grants are reimbursement grants. Funds will only be awarded at the completion of the project.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

You may email your application to Darcy Young, Director of Planning and Communications at

Alternatively, you may submit a hard copy to:
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Attn: Darcy Young
111 South Orange Avenue, Suite 200W
Sarasota, Florida 34236

Questions about Bay Partners Grants?
Contact Darcy Young, Director of Planning and Communications (941) 955-8085 or see email address above.

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