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Bay Mini-Grant

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

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP)

Deadline Date:

09/24/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit and for-profit organizations in eligible counties for environmental stewardship and restoration activities. Funding is intended to support programs and projects in the areas of water quality, invasive species, habitat restoration, fish and wildlife, and public education. Funded projects must benefit the Tampa Bay Watershed, including Pinellas, Manatee, Hillsborough, and Pasco Counties.

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 projects that expand the use of Green Infrastructure practices (SW-10). (For the CCMP Plan, see   

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

  1. Expand use of Green Infrastructure practices (SW-10)
  2. Promote public involvement in bay restoration and protection (PE-1)
  3.  Promote public education about key issues affecting Tampa Bay (PE-2)

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).

For examples of eligible projects, see p. 2 of the document listed (first) in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174431

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

- January 2022: Awarded 2021 Bay Mini-Grant Projects begin
- December 31, 2022: Awarded 2021 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 Pinellas, Manatee, Hillsborough, and parts of Pasco counties. Projects must take place within the Tampa Bay watershed.

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 electronically by 5:00pm September 24, 2021.

- September 24, 2021: Applications deadline
- December 2021: Grant decisions announced
- January 2022: Awarded 2021 Bay Mini-Grant Projects begin
- December 31, 2022: Awarded 2021 Bay Mini-Grant Project must be completed.

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.

After the completion of the grant cycle, Bay Mini-Grant recipients will be expected to attend the Mini-Grant Sharing Day. Bay Mini-Grant Recipients who participate in the annual Sharing Day will be eligible to receive the Golden Mangrove, a prestigious award presented to the most outstanding Bay Mini-Grant project from each grant cycle.

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
Public Outreach Specialist

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

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