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Grants to Southwestern Florida Organizations for
Conservation Projects that Protect Local Estuaries

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Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP)

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Florida organizations for conservation projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support projects in the areas of wildlife and fish habitat protection, hydrological restoration, water quality improvement, and public engagement. Projects must benefit Southwestern estuaries along the Gulf of Mexico.

The CHNEP provides Conservation Grants to support portions of larger projects that implement the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).  Preference will be given to projects in communities that have been historically underserved by CHNEP grants. As of 2001, Micro-grants have been offered to help establish and maintain environmental education efforts and further partnerships to help implement the CCMP.

Geographic Areas include Dona and Roberts Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Myakka River, Pine Island Sound, Lemon Bay, Caloosahatchee River, Peace River, and Estero Bay.

For details on the CCMP priorities, see the CCMP document:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186552

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for funding in the $500 to $3,000 range are encouraged.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations serving eligible regions may apply.

The CHNEP does NOT fund:

- Events or services for which there is an admission fee or charge; CHNEP will consider providing support for scholarships to allow participation by those who would not otherwise be able to;
- Restoration or improvements on private property;
- Projects that personally benefit the applicant;
- Political action or legislative advocacy;
- Fundraising activities;
- Projects completed prior to the award of the grant;
- Items that will be sold by the grant recipient;
- Reprinting of existing material unless part of a larger educational program, or;
- Capital improvement or endowment funds, or usual operating costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Summer Deadline is August 1, 2020 for September 2020 award notice.

CHNEP requires at least a 50% match of funds.

This is a cost-reimbursement grant.

About the CHNEP:

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:

Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership
326 W. Marion Ave.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950-4417
(941) 575-5090

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Maps of the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership Area:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Estuaries in Southwest Florida: Dona & Roberts Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Myakka River, Pine Island Sound, Lemon Bay, Caloosahatchee River, Peace River, and Estero Bay

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