Sarasota Bay Estuary Program volunteers

Bay Partners Grant Program

The SBEP Bay Partners Grant Program promotes environmental education, awareness, Volunteers working on restorationcommunity involvement, and stewardship to improve the overall quality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries. To support these goals, funding is available from SBEP for local projects that focus on Bay Habitat Improvement, Bay Water Quality Improvement, or Bay-Related Environmental Education.

The application period for 2017 Bay Partners Grants has closed. Please check back in January 2018 for the 2018 Bay Partners Grants application.

Businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, academic institutions, civic associations, religious organizations, and neighborhood/homeowners’ associations located in Sarasota and Manatee counties with projects that will benefit the Sarasota Bay watershed are eligible to receive funding.

Please contact Darcy Young, Public Outreach Manager at or (941) 955-8085 for more information.

Completed Projects

Since 2003, the SBEP has awarded over $275,000 in Bay Partners Grants to support 65 area organizations throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Please visit our Digital Map to see locations and descriptions of Bay Partners projects that have been completed since 2006.

2016 Bay Partners Grants Awardees

Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County | $2,925 | Great Futures, Great Bay

Hands-on educational field trips in Sarasota Bay for youth ages 8-17 from Boys & Girls Clubs in Manatee County.

Florida House | $3,000 | “Lip Landscape” Swale Demonstration

Installation of a demonstration stormwater retention swale designed to be affordable for area homeowners.

Keep Manatee Beautiful | $3,000 | Enhancing and Restoring Palma Sola Scenic Highway Shoreline

Shoreline stabilization project to ensure environmentally sensitive public access to Palma Sola Bay.

Mote Marine Laboratory | $1,500 | The Art of Marine Science: Collaborating with Art Students to Create Outreach and Education Tools on Climate Change and Sarasota Bay

Class project (with Ringling College of Art and Design students) to produce unique and artistic materials about environmental issues affecting Sarasota Bay.

Mote Marine Laboratory | $1,500 | Low-Cost Environmental Sensors Installed in Sarasota Bay by Ocean Technology Club

Creation of environmental sensors for use by a club for high school students interested in oceanography, physics, marine engineering, and computer programming.

New College of Florida | $2,000 | Back to the Bay – Engaging Young Bay Stewards

Bay education project for middle and high school students primarily from groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School | $1,904 | Bringing Native Plants to the Pond

Engaging students to design and implement a planting plan for a stormwater retention pond on school grounds.

Sarasota Bay Watch | $1,722 | Monofilament and Fishing Debris Removal and Entangled Wildlife Rescue with Creation of Web-based Interactive Marine Debris Map Project on ARCGIS.COM for Public Education and Scientific Outreach

Development of an online mapping tool to make data about marine debris available to the public.

Sea to Shore Alliance | $2,449 | EcoExplorer Marine Biology Camp for Low-Income Youth in Sarasota

Educational overnight summer camp for local high school students.