2024 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 habitat restoration, water quality improvement, applied research and monitoring, and community-based social marketing.

Awards typically range from $25,000-$250,000. A minimum 1:1 match is required, which can be shown through cash or in-kind goods and services. Eligible applicants include government entities, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Projects should not exceed a three-year timeline from contract execution to completion. Proposals that benefit historically underserved and overburdened communities are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to proposals that are aligned with priorities described below. Examples of previously-funded projects can be viewed here.

To date, funding for 2024 TBERF has been provided by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Hillsborough County, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Pinellas County, and the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. Approximately $700,000 may be made available for project support in 2024. 

Proposal Deadline

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm EDT, March 13, 2024. Late applications will not be accepted.

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RFP

View the full request for proposal details. Download application materials and templates.

Questions

Generic questions were submitted to TBERF managers and responses have been provided.

Submission Portal

Submit a proposal using this portal by 5pm, March 13, 2024.

2024 Funding Priorities

All projects that meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged for submission.  Preference will be given to proposals that are aligned with the following 2024 priorities.

Thriving Habitats & Abundant Wildlife

  • Restore native habitats – especially freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, and tidal tributaries  – to help meet 2030 targets adopted in the Habitat Master Plan (BH-1).
  • Conduct applied research related to ecological and social  impacts (e.g., water use, heat islands, stormwater management, carbon footprint, and biological/chemical effects) of artificial turf (SW-1).

Clean Waters & Sediments

  • Implement green infrastructure BMPs to reduce nitrogen loading from stormwater, especially in upper bay segments (SW-10).
  • Encourage septic-to-sewer conversion by educating homeowners and reducing barriers to conversion, especially in underserved and overburdened communities (WW-2).

Informed, Engaged & Responsible Community

  • Enhance science literacy on key watershed issues, especially in underserved and overburdened communities (PE-2).

Webinar

 

Review the recording of an informational webinar in which TBEP staff reviewed the 2024 materials, priorities, and timeline, including tips for submitting a strong proposal. Who should watch: potential applicants or partners including resource managers, nonprofit staff, agency staff, educational institution staff, consultants, land owners, and parties interested in restoring and protecting the Tampa Bay watershed.

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