We are pleased to announce ten grants and $200,000 in total funding, to restore and protect the Pensacola and Perdido Bay Watersheds. A description of each project can be viewed here

The Mini-Grant Program funds action projects that serve to restore, preserve, connect, inform, and educate. Through these action projects, the Estuary Program’s vision is to create a healthy and sustainable environment, economy, and community. The funding opportunity included eight eligible project categories that support the Estuary Program’s core vision: water quality, habitat restoration, fish and wildlife conservation, watershed awareness and education, resilience, invasive species, citizen science, and aquatic trash/marine debris.

The program selected grant winners from a competitive pool of 27 proposals. The selected proposals will help restore and protect our waters, from improving community resilience to extreme events such as hurricanes, to supporting research efforts that will inform water quality improvements and wildlife conservation.

2020 - 2021 FUNDED PROJECTS

Living Shoreline Training for Marine Contractors
Grantee: National Wildlife Federation
Amount: $12,872.75

Citizen Science Water Quality and Habitate Monitoring Network: A Path to Connect, Inform, and Educate for Smart Community Resiliency
Grantee: Institute for Humane  and Machine Cognition (IHMC)
Amount: $49,567

Quantifying fish communities on remnant oyster reefs in Pensacola and Perdido Bays with underwater a video: a baseline for monitoring restoration projects
Grantee: University of South Alabama
Amount: $18,045.50

Explore the Shore Science Show and Stations
Grantee: MESS HALL
Amount: $5,000

Wintering Waterfowl use of the Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary System
Grantee: University of West Florida
Amount: $13,248.89

Bayou Grande and Davenport Bayou Water Quality Monitoring Program
Grantee: Escambia High School
Amount: $10,000

Bringing Back Our Bayous
Grantee: Booker T. Washington High School
Amount: $10,000

A Compelling Mini-Series Featuring the Positive Social and Economic Impacts of our Waterways Grantee: 350 Pensacola/Community Action Network
Amount: $36,000

Wintering Waterfowl use of the Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary System
Grantee: University of West Florida
Amount: $13,248.89

Escambia Watershed Documentary Project
Grantee: Blackwater Soil and Water Conservation District
Amount: $25,620

Increasing watershed responsibility through a local inventory of microplastics and educational community outreach
Grantee: University of West Florida
Amount: $19,645.86

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