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2020-2021 Mini Grant Program Winners

The Pensacola & Perdido Bays Estuary Program (PPBEP) is pleased to announce nine grants and $200,000 in total funding, to restore and protect the Pensacola and Perdido Bay Watersheds.

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.  


Living Shoreline Training for Marine Contractors

Grantee: National Wildlife Federation
Amount: $12,872.75 

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 

Download Project Summaries 

Proposal Categories
Water Quality:
Achieve water quality improvement in one or both bay systems to reduce nutrients, bacteria, and/or sedimentation. (Examples: environmental landscaping practices; "best management practices" for agriculture; innovative retention/filtering techniques)

Habitat Restoration: Restore and/or enhance native habitat to achieve a sustainable and healthy bay system. (Examples: restoration of natural shorelines/enhancement of seawalls; projects addressing seagrasses, mangroves, coastal and freshwater wetlands, and other estuarine habitats; marine debris reduction/recycling initiatives)

Fish and Wildlife Conservation: Reduce threats to native fish and wildlife through the protection of natural resources. (Examples: awareness of threats to wildlife from monofilament line; protection of seagrass beds; education on fish and wildlife habitat)

Watershed Awareness and Education: Promote watershed awareness and environmental education by engaging all age groups and demographics. (Examples: programs for schools, YMCA groups, Scouts or other youth organizations; programs that directly involve youth in solutions to bay problems; programs directed at disadvantaged youth)

Resilience: Promote capacity building and/or construct pilot resilience demonstration projects, such as living shorelines or green infrastructure. (Examples: living shorelines, green infrastructure)

Invasive Species: Reduce and manage the spread of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species throughout both the Pensacola and Perdido Bay systems. (Examples: Management of invasive plants or animals; education about harmful aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their spread)

Citizen Science: Engage community members through hands-on citizen science to provide data on estuarine conditions. (Examples: Water quality monitoring; habitat monitoring; or field research that engages community members)

Aquatic Trash/Marine Debris: Identify innovative strategies to remove, reduce, and/or eliminate aquatic trash/marine debris. (Examples: Aquatic trash/marine debris removal, prevention; alternative packaging).