Tampa Bay Estuary Program Tampa Bay Estuary Program


Recipients 2016-2017

This year $85,000 was available to fund Bay Mini-Grant projects. TBEP received 38 applications totaling $169,000 in funding requests. This list contains the 21 grant applications that were approved by TBEP's Policy Board using findings supplied by the Community Advisory Committee.

Around the Bend Nature Tours $3,550.00

Protecting our Watershed through Bird Education

With this grant, students will learn about the importance of protecting the watershed for wildlife. This grant will fund five field trips to Felts Preserve for 3rd graders in Manatee Co. Students will rotate through three activities during the trip.

Audubon Florida, Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries $5,050.00

History of Tampa Bay Conservation - A Bird's-eye View

A six-month exhibit, scheduled from June through December 2017 at the Tampa Bay History Center (TBHC), will present the History of Conservation in Tampa Bay focusing on bird protection. The exhibit will feature wall- and free-standing displays, and video/sound projections to tell the stories of Tampa Bay's natural history and the pivotal people who initiated bird conservation activities.

Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. $3,075.00

aka Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center Educational Program Upgrades

Grant funds will improve facilities at this outdoor education center, including upgrades to the 'Collecting Pond' and installation of a 'Wildlife Blind Pavilion' where students can gather to watch the wildlife outside with less intrusion. Floating Observation Platforms will allow more visitors to discover the wonders of the Little Manatee River.

Blue Turtle Green Bird Society $3,325.76

Blue Green Fleet Keeps Waters Neat

This project will provide kayaks to volunteers with the Society and other small organizations for waterway cleanups; and collect, analyze, and make available data on marine debris.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, Inc. $2,975.00

Great Bay Great Futures

Grant funds will support field trips for youth involved in Boys and Girls Clubs in Manatee. The children will learn about fish and wildlife conservation through experiences such as kayaking and dip netting in the bay.

Canterbury School of Florida $3,465.00

Tampa Bay Plastic Pollution Project

This project will engage students in active science research projects on marine debris and micro plastics in Tampa Bay. The proposed project will involve students in grades K-12 at the Canterbury School, students in grades 3-5 at Shore Acres Elementary and students from Eckerd College.

Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association $3,965.00

Littoral Wetland Enhancement at Crescent Lake: Building on Success

This project will involve residents of Crescent Lake in improving water quality and ecological diversity by removing non-native plant species and expanding use of native shoreline vegetation.

Ecosphere Restoration Institute $5,000.00

Ulele Springs Flow Enhancement Project

This project will redirect flow from a third spring near Water Works Park in Tampa, that currently is funneled into a stormwater system, to the recently restored Ulele spring run.

Florida Southern College $4,845.00

Fostering Ecosystem Awareness by Examining Macroinvertebrate Community Structure in Tampa Bay

This grant will support training in sampling techniques and data collection by students of macroinvertebrate communities that provide an important indicator of bay restoration success.

Friends of DeSoto National Memorial Park Inc. $3,040.00

DeSoto National Memorial Park Shoreline Reconstitution

This project will support installation of riprap and native plants to reduce shoreline erosion at this national historic site on Tampa Bay in Manatee County.

Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School, PTA $3,075.00

Coastal Woodlands Restoration

Students and parents will learn about conservation of bay habitats by restoring natural areas.

Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Inc. $5,050.00

Educating "We All Live Downstream" Watershed Communities

Youth will learn about and participate in habitat beautification, litter prevention, and wildlife and water quality protection through a customized education curriculum involving biannual cleanups.

Manatee School for the Arts $5,000.00

Exploring and Conserving Tampa Bay Through Field Work, Interactive Art Infused Notes and Labs

Students will participate in field trips and classroom lessons to learn about habitats and inhabitant, and develop interactive art that conveys what they have learned.

Mulrennan Middle School Science Club $2,035.00

Tampa Bay Restoration

Science Club students will actively participate in the restoration of Tampa Bay by maintaining an on-site nursery to cultivate marsh grass for bay restoration projects.

NAUI Green Diver Initiative $5,066.00

Gasp-Our Beads of Tampa Bay

Grant funds will assess the extent and impact of discarded plastic beads on bay health. NAUI divers will work with local middle school and high school students from SCUBAnauts International to aid in collecting data from survey dives.

One More Generation (OMG) $2,000.00

OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign

This grant will support a three-pronged education and action program targeting schools and restaurants to reduce use of plastic straws.

START Solutions to Avoid Red Tide $5,000.00

Gulf Coast Oyster Recycle and Renewal

This pilot project will recycle oyster shells from local restaurants to help restore shoreline and improve water quality in two Manatee County preserves.

Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. $5,050.00

Safety Harbor Community Wetland Enhancements

Grant funds will support removal of invasives and installation of native wetland plants at the new Safety Harbor Waterfront Park.

The Shores of Long Bayou HOA $5,075.00

Sweep the Street in Front of Your Own Home

This grant continues efforts by this condominium community in St. Petersburg to restore additional stormwater ponds and remove invasive plants from its Preserve area.

UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County $5,011.95

Reducing Microplastics in the Tampa Bay Area

Grant funds will support training of citizen scientists to collect and analyze coastal and fresh water samples for the presence of microplastics.

Wildlands Conservation $4,982.00

Bat Diversity and Abundance in the Tampa Bay Watershed

This project will gather baseline data on the extent and relative abundance of bat species in the Tampa Bay watershed, and involve community members in bat conservation.

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