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Bay Mini-Grants: Supporting Community-Led Environmental Initiatives in Tampa Bay

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Bay Mini-Grants: The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) is empowering local communities to take an active role in protecting and restoring the Tampa Bay watershed through its Bay Mini-Grants program. These grants provide funding of up to $5,000 to support grassroots environmental restoration and education projects led by schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies.

The Bay Mini-Grants program is a catalyst for community engagement, enabling residents to directly address pressing environmental issues in their local areas. Funded projects must align with TBEP’s priorities, such as improving water quality, preserving critical habitats, and promoting environmental literacy.

“The Bay Mini-Grants program is a testament to the power of collective action,” said Maya Burke, TBEP’s Community Outreach Coordinator. “By supporting these community-driven initiatives, we’re not only making tangible improvements to the health of Tampa Bay, but also fostering a sense of environmental stewardship among our residents.”[1]

Previous grant recipients have undertaken a diverse array of projects, including shoreline cleanups, oyster reef restorations, invasive species removal, and the creation of educational gardens and interpretive trails. These efforts have directly contributed to the long-term sustainability of Tampa Bay’s ecosystems while engaging residents of all ages in hands-on environmental education.

The application period for the 2025 Bay Mini-Grants program is now open, with a submission deadline of September 13, 2024. Interested applicants can find detailed information and apply online at the TBEP website.[2]

In addition to the Bay Mini-Grants, TBEP offers a wealth of educational resources to promote environmental literacy and stewardship within the Tampa Bay community. These materials cover a wide range of topics, from the importance of estuaries to sustainable gardening practices, and are designed for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

To support TBEP’s vital work in protecting and restoring the Tampa Bay watershed, individuals and organizations can make tax-deductible donations through the program’s website. These contributions directly fund environmental projects, research initiatives, and educational outreach efforts throughout the region.

By empowering local communities to take action, the Bay Mini-Grants program is fostering a culture of environmental stewardship in Tampa Bay, ensuring that this precious natural resource will be preserved for generations to come.

Bay Mini-Grants: How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply for a grant here.

Bay Mini-Grants: Educational Materials

TBEP provides a range of educational materials to support environmental literacy and stewardship.

Bay Mini-Grants: How to Donate

Support TBEP’s mission by making a donation. Your contribution helps fund vital environmental projects in the Tampa Bay area.

For more detailed information and resources, visit the Bay Mini-Grants page.

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Citations:
[1] https://tbep.org
[2] https://baysoundings.com/mini-grants-make-major-difference/
[3] https://tbep.org/estuary/state-of-the-bay/
[4] https://www.cdcoftampa.org/about
[5] https://tbep.org/our-work/restoration-research/
[6] https://tbep.org/otb-rfp/
[7] https://tbep.org/get-involved/
[8] https://tbep.org/our-work/restoration-research/tberf/
[9] https://www.communitytampabay.org/about/
[10] https://cftampabay.org/community-initiatives/
[11] https://tampabaythrives.org
[12] https://tbep.org/estuary/bay-snapshot/
[13] https://tbep.org/tidal-creeks/
[14] https://tbep.org/our-work/
[15] https://coast.noaa.gov/estuaries/
[16] https://tbep.org/our-work/restoration-research/digital-challenge-grants/
[17] https://www.buccaneers.com/community/social-justice
[18] https://www.tampabaychamber.com/pages/initiatives/
[19] https://www.keeptampabaybeautiful.org/become-a-volunteer
[20] https://tbep.org/gis-library/

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