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Communication and education grant program

2015 grant funding opportunity 

The BBP Communication and Education (C&E) Grant Program aims to support projects that advance the goals of the BBP Communication and Outreach Plan and the BBP Strategic Plan that it supports. The BBP supports projects which increase public understanding of the bay's ecology and how humans impact it, promote stewardship of the bay's valuable resources, and encourage public participation in protecting and restoring the bay.

In 2015 the Barnegat Bay Partnership awarded grants through its Communication and Education Grant Program.  A total of $45,000 was available; the BBP considered funding requests from $1,000 (minimum) to $10,000 (maximum). Only projects located within the Barnegat Bay watershed were eligible for funding.  In the 2015 Grant Program, the BBP encouraged projects focusing on specific priority topics and target audiences and addressing the impacts of climate change. All requirements were explained in the 2015 Grant Funding Opportunity document, including information about the purpose of the grant program, eligible applicants, types of projects eligible, priority topics and target audiences, proposal evaluation criteria, how to submit an application, the review and selection process, and the responsibilities of awardees.  

2015 communication and education grant Program  recipients

Grants were awarded for the following projects in 2015.

Bob Birdsall (Birdsall Nature Photography) and Terry O'Leary (Cedar Hollow Consulting, Naturally!): Streaming the Rivers and Creeks in the Barnegat Bay Watershed ($4,668)
The project objectives are to 1) provide watershed residents and visitors with the opportunity to virtually and/or physically explore each of the 19 principal Barnegat Bay tributaries, 2) increase awareness of the impact of land use choices on the natural and cultural resources of the watershed, and 3) inspire participation in protection/restoration actions. 

Boating Education and Rescue (B.E.A.R.): Everything Eventually Ends Up in the Water ($4,271.17)
The project objectives are to educate diverse audiences, including both residents and tourists, about the causes and effects of nonpoint source pollution and marine debris, and to inspire stewardship actions to address these problems. 

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey: Barnegat Bay Turtle Gardens: Supporting Living Shorelines to Safeguard Terrapins for Sea-Level Rise ($6,260.83)
The project objectives are to promote terrapin nesting habitat enhancement and to raise awareness of the benefit of living shorelines for terrapins and other coastal wildlife.

Ocean County Soil Conservation District: From Lawn to Garden – Going Green, Saving Green ($9,800)
The project objectives are to 1) demonstrate the value of low-maintenance landscape best practices, 2) educate community members about the importance of healthy soil restoration techniques and water conservation practices, and 3) increase involvement in efforts to restore the health of the Barnegat Bay watershed.

Visitation Relief Center: The Beneficial Indigenous Plants Project ($10,000)
The project objectives are to educate the residents of Brick Township about the benefits of low-maintenance landscaping with native plants and to encourage residents who are restoring landscapes damaged by Superstorm Sandy to plant native species adapted to local conditions, including periodic flooding. 

2013 Communication and education  Grant Program Projects

 "Harvest the Bay" ($10,000) – Island Beach State Park developed and presented a series of hands-on educational programs in both English and Spanish focusing on the fisheries of Barnegat Bay and their current decline.  

 "Businesses for a Healthier Barnegat Bay" ($8,250)  Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey organized a forum for businesses and corporations with the goals of increasing awareness of the ecological and economic importance of the bay and encouraging involvement in restoration efforts. 

 "Extending Environmental Education to a Non-English-Speaking Population:  Discovery Fridays in Spanish”($5,000) – Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences (LBIF) offered its already successful Discovery Fridays programs in Spanish.

 "Shellfish in the Classroom" ($1,875) – ReClam the Bay expanded this successful educational program to bring lessons about water quality and a hands-on experience growing shellfish to more classrooms throughout the watershed.

 "A Pathway to Possibilities" ($1,000) – Meadows of Lake Ridge Homeowners Association improved soil conditions and planted native species along a sidewalk and common pathway within the senior community, and educated residents about the advantages of low-impact landscaping.