TBERF

The Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (TBERF) is a competitive grants program that supports projects which implement the water quality improvement, habitat restoration, applied research, and education priorities of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and its partners. Together, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Restore America’s Estuaries secure public and private sector donations to catalyze environmental benefits to the Tampa Bay estuary. Click here to learn more about previous TBERF award recipients.

New proposals are accepted each year, between January and March. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent (accepted on a rolling basis).

For more information, please contact Maya Burke. Have some questions? Wondering if a project or idea you have is eligible for funding? Or just want to get some one-on-one time? You can schedule a 30-minute session using the platform of your choice (phone call, virtual meeting [e.g. Google Meet, Zoom, Teams], etc.) via this link.

Project Spotlight

Little Manatee Corridor Plan

Little Manatee Corridor Plan

The Little Manatee River Corridor Plan assesses the current habitats and restoration opportunities within the 7,360-acre Little Manatee River Nature Preserve in Hillsborough County. Ecologists mapped and measured the health of native forested uplands, coastal...

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Mapping Bay Bottom Habitats

Mapping Bay Bottom Habitats

Amongst the sand- and mud-dominated bottoms of the bay are unique habitats teeming with life. Rocky substrates, called hard bottom, can be covered with sponges, soft corals, algae, and live rock, and attract commercially- and recreationally important fish species....

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The Bay’s Dredged Holes

The Bay’s Dredged Holes

Tampa Bay is dotted with some 40 dredged holes — deeper areas created by excavating sediments for urban development. While some are inferior habitat due to lower oxygen levels or an accumulation of toxins in sediments; others are prized by fish and other animals that...

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