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Bay Mini-Grant

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP)

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09/16/22 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit and for-profit organizations for environmental stewardship and restoration activities in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support programs and projects in the areas of water quality, invasive species, habitat restoration, fish and wildlife, and public education. Eligible activities benefit the Tampa Bay Watershed, including parts of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Projects supporting the prevention, eradication, and/or management of invasive species in Tampa and its watershed (IS-2) will be prioritized for funding.

Bay Mini-Grants are provided to community organizations in the Tampa Bay Watershed for projects that address restoration and education priorities in Tampa Bay. The goal of this grant program is to empower citizens to foster an environmental ethic and promote community stewardship of the bay.

Projects must address one or more of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) priorities: Clean waters and sediments; thriving habitats and abundant wildlife, and informed, engaged, and responsible community. 

Priority will be given to cost-effective projects that focus on the priorities outlined below:

  1. Support prevention, eradication, and or management of invasive species (IS-2)
  2. Promote public involvement in bay restoration and protection (PE-1)
  3. Promote public education about key issues affecting Tampa Bay (PE-2)

Project proposals that are led by, empower, benefit, and/or engage the following communities are encouraged to apply: immigrant, elderly, disabled, queer, income constrained or asset limited, veteran, Black, Indigenous communities, and other communities of color.

Possible projects may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Community-based invasive species removal with native species planting;
  • Expand use of invasive species early warning reporting tools;
  • Installation or expansion of littoral and buffer zone around shorelines, ponds, and waterways;
  • Replacement of impervious surfaces with pervious surfaces;
  • Installation of rain garden with educational signs;
  • Development of an education campaign designed to educate the community about pervious surfaces using science-based, social marketing techniques;
  • Grassroots initiative to restore native habitat and enhance the quality of life in one, or a blend of, the communities listed above.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174431

Estimated Size of Grant:

Bay Mini-Grants are competitive awards up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

- January 2023: Awarded 2021 Bay Mini-Grant Projects begin
- December 31, 2023: Awarded 2022 Bay Mini-Grant Project must be completed.

Project period: Projects will be awarded and applicants will be notified by January 2022 via a purchase order issued by TBEP that functions as the Notice to Proceed with the project. Projects must begin within six months and be completed within one year of the date on the purchase order authorization.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Both for-profits and nonprofits are eligible to receive grant funds. Bay Mini-Grants are not designed to be a funding source of government projects, however, governments may apply if a project has strong volunteer or community involvement and supports the spirit of the program.

Organizations must be within the Tampa Bay Watershed, which includes parts of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.

A federal employer identification number (FEID) or state tax exemption is required for issuance of a purchase order for disbursement of grant funds.

Funds will not be awarded to individuals.

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.

Grant funds will not fund projects on private residential property, unless there is public access, a conservation easement established, or the property has a direct link to Tampa Bay.

Food costs are allowed for scheduled volunteer events. Per person costs must include items such as drinks, utensils, etc. Food/meals not associated with a scheduled event will not be reimbursed.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm September 16, 2022.

Grant decisions will be announced in December 2022.

Grant monies are typically dispensed through reimbursement of expenses related to the grant project. Other grant dispersal methods will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

Applicants may submit as many proposals as they like, however, only one proposal per applicant/organization may be awarded.

Proposals for the same project will be funded no more than two times in a 5-year period.

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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.

To apply online:

For questions, contact:
Sheila Scolaro
TBEP Community Programs Scientist
(727) 893-2765 ext. 204

Tampa Bay Estuary Program
263 13th Ave. S., Suite 350
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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USA: Florida: Tampa Bay Watershed (includes parts of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota counties)

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