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SBEP Awards Eight Bay Partner Grants to Local Organizations

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SARASOTA, FL – The Policy Board for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) recently approved Bay Partner Grants for eight local organizations selected by the SBEP Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). They include New College of Florida, Riverview High School, Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County, Save Our Seabirds, Gardeners Out East, Sarasota Audubon, Sarasota Environmental Council of Southwest Florida, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

The SBEP Bay Partners Grant Program promotes environmental education, community involvement and citizen stewardship to enhance the quality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries. SBEP has awarded more than $267,000 in grants since 2003. Recipients have included local schools, nonprofits focused on protecting wildlife, neighborhood groups, condominium associations, various foundations, and other groups. The deadline for 2016 grants is March 1. Learn more at