By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – On Tuesday morning, August 6th, the City of Miami Beach announced a grant opportunity for organizations that promote environmental and/or marine resource protection, as well as youth environmental stewardship. Applications must be submitted by August 16th and the grants are expected to be awarded in the fall.
The city will award a total of $55,000 for up to five projects. The grant utilizes funds provided by the Boucher Brothers Scholarship Fund and Miami Beach Waste Haulers Fund, and the city is seeking community-based organizations with the capacity and experience to undertake projects in a handful of areas.
Projects should address either: Restoration and enhancement of the natural environment; Sustainable practices, urban forestry, water quality, wildlife conservation and healthy ecosystems; and Voluntarism and youth involvement that serve to expand community awareness.
Yanira Pineda, Sustainability Specialist for the Office of the City Manager, shared, “The city has offered these environment grants in the past.” Some past grant recipients from the last cycle are the; Marjory Stoneman Douglas Nature Center, Miami Beach Botanical Garden and the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station.
Pineda shared that the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas Nature Center provided free transportation to school children (K-12) in Miami Beach to the center on Key Biscayne. Participants went on guided activities with naturalists and were provided a combination of field science study programs, beach clean-ups, native plant restoration projects, marine debris removal events, and mangrove/sea turtle conservation workshops.”
“The Miami Beach Botanical Garden established a native Pine Rockland garden demonstration to highlight the importance of preserving this scarce but unique ecological habitat. The demonstration garden serves as an educational opportunity on this type of habitat and its significant role in the local community by providing environment for indigenous fauna and ecosystem services.”
“The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station continued to provide professional care and rapid response to injured native wildlife found within the city limits of Miami Beach. Their grant included leading large scale community events to educate the public about marine conservation as it relates to trash, pollution, and fisheries entanglements.”
For the 2019 grant, applicants must be non-profit organizations registered in the State of Florida as eligible to conduct business. Applicants must be properly licensed to do business in the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County and meet insurance thresholds prior to the award of funds.
Those interested must complete the application in its entirety and include the delineated attachment documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5PM, and questions and applications can be sent to Yanira Pineda at firstname.lastname@example.org.