2023 TBERF

The Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (TBERF) is a strategic partnership between the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Restore America’s Estuaries. TBERF seeks applications for cost-effective projects that will protect, restore, or enhance the natural resources of Tampa Bay and its contributing watershed. This includes projects that address on-the-ground habitat restoration; water quality improvement; applied research and monitoring; and community-based social marketing campaigns. Proposals that benefit historically underserved and overburdened communities are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to proposals that are aligned with conservation objectives and priorities described below. Examples of previously-funded projects can be reviewed here.

Awards typically range from $25,000-$250,000. A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and services is required. Eligible applicants include local, state, and federal governments; non-profit organizations; and educational institutions. Projects should not exceed a three-year timeline from contract execution to completion.

To date, funding for TBERF-2023 has been provided by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, and the Mosaic Company (pending). Approximately $700,000 may be made available for project support in 2023. 

Proposal Deadline

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm EDT, March 15, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

Female researcher inserting an acoustic tag in a juvenile shark. 2023 TBERF

RFP

View the full request for proposal details, including scoring criteria, applicant eligibility, restrictions, and application instructions.

Application Materials

Download the the 2023 TBERF Application and Budget Justification Worksheets.

FAQs

Questions submitted by February 10, 2023 will be collated, presented anonymously, and answered in a document posted here by February 15, 2023.

Conservation Priorities

Preference will be given to proposals that are aligned with the following 2023 priorities:

Thriving Habitats & Abundant Wildlife

  • Restore creeks to improve water quality, habitat, and flood control.
  • Restore native upland habitats, especially pine flatwoods.

Clean Waters & Sediments

  • Manage stormwater and reduce nitrogen loading using green infrastructure techniques.
  • Address aging wastewater infrastructure and reduce nitrogen loads from reclaimed water.

Informed, Engaged & Responsible Community

  • Enhance science literacy on key bay issues, especially in underserved and overburdened communities.

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